Editor Leaves Legacy of Compassion

Peter Williams, former editor of The Perquimans Weekly, has died. He was 63.


Space that is ordinarily reserved for the weekly round-up column seems to be better used to pay tribute to Peter Williams, former longtime editor of the Perquimans Weekly.

He was also an editor of Chowan Herald.

Rather than talk in journo-speak, I’ll write in a more personal manner about Peter, a man who was loved and respected by the community.


As most folks know though it is still a shock to many, Peter died Saturday while undergoing care at Vidant Hospital in Greenville. Peter celebrated a birthday recently and he was in early to mid 60s.

During Williams’ long career in journalism, he won many North Carolina Press Association awards and worked as an editor at many newspapers large and small across the Tarheel state.

“Peter was a great journalist and newspaperman. Before he came to work for us, he had built a solid career working at a number of other newspapers in North Carolina and out of state,” said Julian Eure, editor of the Daily Advance. “He continued that work at both The Daily Advance and The Perquimans Weekly. Even after he left The Perquimans Weekly, he remained a valuable source of information about things going on in the region. I’ll miss him.”

Peter had a formidable resume that included time spent as the editor of daily newspapers including the Richmond County Journal, Washington Daily News, New Bern Sun Journal, Mount Airy News and Gaston Gazette and the Clarksdale Press Register in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

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