Rev. Haywood Wrenn Gillikin of Smithfield, 71, died peacefully at home on February 18th, 2015 with his beloved wife Jenny at his side. As seemed appropriate for such a dedicated man of God, he died kneeling by his bed in prayer.
Haywood was born April 13th, 1943 in Goldsboro, NC to Lester and Elizabeth Cranford Gillikin. He is survived by his older brother Robert D Gillikin.
A youthful marriage to Sandra Autry produced a son John M Gillikin.
Later he married Dr. Jenny C McIntosh and gained two step-sons, Mark Hogan and Don Chamberlain, and eventually a grandson Hurley Chamberlain.
He attended Goldsboro and New Bern schools, earned a BA and MA at East Carolina University, studied for the PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earned a MDiv at the Duke University Divinity School, and was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1992.
Before becoming a minister Haywood taught at multiple UNC and NC Community Colleges beginning at Western Carolina in 1967 and concluding at Elizabeth City State University in 1984.
Haywood was pastor of several United Methodist congregations beginning with the Whitley/Elizabeth Charge in Johnston Country in 1985 and then in Elizabeth City District at Mt. Hermon from 1990 to 2004 and Riverside from 2004 until he retired in 2009.
He was an active member of the Emmaus Community of the Albemarle region, an avid college basketball fan, loved driving his Mustang and sharing the Word of the Lord (2 Kings 9:20). Most of all he loved his Lord, Jesus Christ and loved preaching to and serving his fellowman. He found great joy in working with children and youth.
A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday February 28th at Riverside United Methodist Church, Elizabeth City, NC officiated by Rev Delores Langley and Rev Toni Wood with a small reception following.
In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Riverside UMC Memorial Fund, 1400 Edgewood Dr., Elizabeth City, NC 27906.