Florence “Flo” Johnston of Laurinburg, formerly of Durham, passed away this past Tuesday, August 7th 2018. She was 87 years old.
Flo was a self-taught, national award-winning journalist for the Durham Herald Sun for over 20 years. She was best known for her work as the editor of the Religion section of the newspaper. She held degrees from Bob Jones University and the University of Georgia. In addition to being a journalist, Flo also taught high school English and Journalism over the course of her career. She was an accomplished musician and pianist who volunteered regularly to play for Sunday morning services for the mentally disabled at Butner Hospital.
Those that knew Flo loved her for her firm convictions, her irreverent humor, and her generous spirit. Flo could often be found enjoying a cigar on her back porch after spending a long day polishing one of her columns for the paper. She was equally comfortable interviewing powerful religious leaders and attending church with the homeless.
She was the youngest of Daniel Alton Monroe and Florence Kelly Monroe’s four children. Her brothers D.A. and David preceded her in death.
She is survived by her brother, James, of Tallahasse, FL; her two sons, Clayton Penbrook Johnston, Jr. (Mindy) of Ansonville and Kelly Monroe Johnston (Leslie) of New York City; four grandchildren: Laurel Miranda Mason Johnston of Tempe, AZ, Kristine Evelyn Murphy of Milwaukee, WI, and Bryan Phillip Thomas and John Arthur Johnston, both of Ansonville. She is also survived by several cousins, nephews, and nieces.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2018 at Scotia Village with visitation for family and friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to: Presbyterian Homes International, Inc. (PHI) Scotia Village, 2200 Elm Avenue, Laurinburg, NC 28352.
Friday August 10th, 2018
2200 Elm Avenue
Laurinburg , NC 28352
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She was a remarkable, insightful, funny woman -- and I enjoyed our days in Durham, NC where I was active in the religious community as a Baptist pastor. I happily learned she was a resident at Scotia, and dear members of an Episcopal Church -- St. David's. She would attend our church with her friends -- and I enjoyed time to eat and laugh with her and her friends at Scotia. She was an insightful writer, editor, with an open interfaith and ecumenical spirit -- a love for all people.
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I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of All Comfort be with you during this difficult time. I have personally found comfort in the promise of 1st Corinthians 15:26 where it states that soon death will be brought to nothing. Then we will have the prospect of being reunited with our loved ones right here on earth(John 5:28,29).
I truly hope this brings you comfort and peace. My deepest sympathies for you all
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