Dr. Charles Tandy|
SAN BENITO, TX. - Charles Tandy Folsom, MD, long time valley resident died on Wednesday, May 1 at his home in San Benito.
Born 1937 in Ringling Oklahoma to Rudolph Folsom and Helen Fischer Folsom. He was the grandson of original Choctaw enrollee Peter Ward Folsom and Diddie Aulds Folsom. Dr. Folsom was a graduate of Southeastern State University in Durant, Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in Oklahoma City. Dr. Folsom began his medical career in 1970 in Harlingen, Texas as a pathologist at Valley Baptist Hospital. He relocated to Gainesville, Texas from 1978 - 1985 returning to Harlingen in 1986 as a general practice physician.
Dr. Folsom was raised in Love County Oklahoma where he won numerous 4H awards, and rode bulls and broncos in local rodeos. He enjoyed fishing in the Red River and hunting in the woods of Love County with his grandfather who also taught him the customs of his Choctaw ancestors. Dr. Folsom took great pride in his Choctaw heritage. One of his passions was playing guitar and making music along with his brothers and many cousins. After moving to Harlingen, he enjoyed fishing in the bay and spending time on South Padre Island. He enjoyed country, bluegrass, western swing and big band music. After retiring from his medical practice, Dr. Folsom's main past time was playing guitar regularly at the Harlingen Elks Lodge.
Survived by his wife, Olga Folsom of San Benito, son Haskell Folsom of San Antonio, daughters Diana Folsom Heath of Austin and Lisa Folsom Delacy of Columbia, CA; 2 grandsons, Cyrus and Ott Smithson, 7 granddaughters, Cristina, Pamela, Ashley ,Tandy Lee Folsom, Ella Heath, Lily Delacy and Genesis; 3 sisters, Mona Bland of Terrell, TX, Peggy Folsom of Lewisville, TX and Beverly Carter of Krum, TX, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A public viewing and celebration of Dr. Folsom's life will be held at the Oak Hill Event Center in San Benito on Monday, May 6 from 2 - 7 PM. The family will welcome those who loved and appreciated Dr. Folsom, his generosity, love of life and bigger than life personality to share their stories of Dr. Folsom.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Scholarship Fund, the Elk's Lodge Scholarship Fund, Sunny Glen Children's Home in San Benito.
You are invited to leave condolences for the family of Dr. Charles Tandy Folsom at www.sanbenitofuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of San Benito Funeral Home, 1400 W. Highway 77, San Benito, TX, (956) 361-9192.
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Published in Valley Morning Star on May 5, 2013