First Lady Flora Y. Gadson

First Lady Flora Y. Gadson
First Lady Flora Y. Gadson

Flora York Gadson is the daughter of Mr. Jerome York and Mrs. Mabel S. York Scott.  She attended public schools in Sumter County.  She completed her undergraduate studies in Business Education and received a Bachelor of Science degree 1973 from Benedict College, Columbia, SC.  She continued her studies at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC and did graduate work in the field of Student Personnel Services.

As a child, Mrs. Gadson received her early Christian training from Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, Maysville, SC, where she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and was affiliated in numerous Church activities.

On June 30, 1979, Mrs. Gadson married Rev. Dr. Friendly Joseph Gadson, her high school sweetheart. She joined St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sumter, SC and became active in the church, the District, Conference and Episcopal levels. At St. Paul Mrs. Gadson directed the Sunbeam Choir, was a YPD Advisor, sang on Chancellor Choir, member of Women’s Missionary Society(WMS), Church Hostess, and Church Assistant Clerk.  Also at St. Paul, she was crowned as “Young Woman of the Year.”  In 1991, Dr. and Mrs. Gadson were moved to St. Peter AMEC, Mayesville, SC.  There, Mrs. Gadson sang on the Adult Choir, WMS President, Children’s Church School Teacher, and directed the Children’s Choir. In 1994, the Conference moved Dr. and Mrs. Gadson to Quinn Chapel African Methodist Church, Sumter South Carolina. At Quinn Chapel, Mrs. Gadson sang on the Adult Choir, directed the Sunbeam Choir, Advisor to the WMS, and the Children’s Church School Teacher. In 1997, Rev. and Mrs. Gadson were moved the Union Station African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sumter, South Carolina where she was a member of the F.J. Gadson Inspirational Choir, WMS first V.P., Senior Class Church School Teacher, and Director of the Acolyte Ministry.  Presently, Rev. Dr. Friendly J. Gadson and Mrs. Gadson have the charge to serve Mt Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sumter, South Carolina. At Mt. Olive, Mrs. Gadson is a member of the Senior Unity Choir, Assistant Church School Teacher for Senior Class #1, Director to the Acolytes Ministry and Advisor to the WMS.

Positions held on all levels:  Northeast Conference Branch Women’s Missionary Society Corresponding Secretary, Northeast Conference Branch Debutantes Masters Commission Commissioner, Sumter Area WMS-Promotion and Missionary Education(PME) Director, Sumter Area Acolytes Ministry Director, Sumter District, and Ministers’ Spouses, Widows, and Widower Organization Plus PK’s Corresponding Secretary and Financial Secretary.

May 2011, Mrs. Gadson retired from the University of South Carolina Sumter Campus, Office of the Registrar as Director or Records and Registration. She rendered thirty-eight year services.  At USC Sumter, she coordinated a youth outreach program composed of 8-12 graders, “Students in Search of Positive Role Models,” and Advisor to the USC Sumter Gospel Choir.

Awards while employed at the University of South Carolina included; The HD Barnett Distinguished Staff Award, Staff of the Quarter, and Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN).

Professional Organizations Affiliations:  Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CACRAO), Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SACRAO), and the South Carolina Employees Association.

Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Gadson have two daughters, Sheneal and Lakesha, a grandson Markel and two granddaughters Dre’Onna and Ke’Andre.

Mrs. Gadson’s life motto is:  “If I can help somebody as I travel along, then my living shall not be in vain!”