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“Laura was a special lady for all of us at Unisys. You laugh and smile will always be in our hearts. No words can express how much we will miss you! ”
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“My deepest condolences to Laura's family. Laura took me under her wing 26 years ago when I started working for Unisys. I was a recent college...Read More »
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The Obituary "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies." Proverbs 31:10 Laura Ann Carter Wilkinson, the second child of the late Julius A. and Sarah E. Carter was born January 22, 1939 in Columbia, South Carolina. Four of her siblings preceded her in death: Julia M. Carter, Julius A. Carter, Jr., Charles L. Carter and Edna R. Jones. Affectionately known by family and friends as "La La," Laura was educated in the Philadelphia School System, graduating from West Philadelphia High School. She furthered her education by attending and graduating from Adelphia Business School. Shortly thereafter she was employed at Stern's as a clerk. She later worked at Spiegel's. Her next and final place of employment was at Sperry Rand Univac, now known as Unisys, where she was employed as an accounting supervisor. After over 35 years of employment at Unisys she retired in January 2002. While employed at Unisys she attended and graduated from Saint Joseph's University with an accounting degree. Laura accepted Christ the Lord as her personal Savior at an early age at First Baptist Church of Paschal, where she was baptized. She later joined White Rock by Christian Experience on July 15, 1962. She was a dedicated lay worker of the Sheepfold of Gideon/Nathaniel for many years. Laura was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Ushers for over 25 years and received an Outstanding Service Award. She served as Sunshine Coordinator for the Young and Adult Auxiliary and was on the committee for their Annual Fashion Show. Laura was a member of YAA for over 25 years. She also worked on the Anniversary and Women's Day Committees several times. In addition to her service at White Rock, she volunteered and attended the National Baptist Convention during Pastor Shaw's presidential election campaign and also during his presidency. On October 14, 1972, Laura married Melvin Wilkinson. The couple later divorced. They had no biological children but Laura has been mother to many. Laura had a magnetic personality coupled with a keen sense of humor and was known for joking and kidding with friends and family. She loved baking, the theater, dining out, traveling, beautiful things, music, spending time with her family and entertaining at her home. She loved her pastor, her church family and most of all her God. She gave unto the Lord "nothing less than her best", which was displayed in all that she pursued. Friday, February 20, 2015, just as suddenly as her fatal illness occurred, the Lord called Laura to eternal peace and rest. Cherishing memories of her life are: her sisters, Mary C. Richardson and Diane Carter; brother-in-law, Donald G. Jones; sister-in-law, Delores Carter; nieces, Lynn R. Conte', Camille Carter, Lauren K. Jones of Newport News, Virginia; nephews, Terry Carter, Charles L. Carter, Jr., Darrin Carter, David Carter, Marc Carter, Brandon S. Richardson (with whom she had a special bond), Julius A. Carter, III, Anthony Carter, Matthew J. Carter, and Jaime Carter; Goddaughters, Stephanie Presbery and Jill Bempong of Amarillo, Texas; longtime friends, Gwendolyn Presbery and Catherine Cooper; special friends, Barbara Brown and Rogerline Hunter; great nieces and nephews, cousins, and a host of other relatives, friends and her White Rock Church Family. Hers was a life well lived and well loved! To God Be The Glory! The Family

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