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.