Dr. Chris Evans Folk

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Dr. Chris Evans Folk

Dr. Folk, 80, of Charlotte, died September 23, 2010, at his home. He was born April 6, 1930, in Charlotte, son of the late Chris Edwin Folk and Lula Evans Folk. Chris was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who was kind and compassionate and always greeted people with a warm smile. He loved his family very much - his wife, Mitzi, their four children and nine grandchildren. He created many family traditions that will be cherished by his family for generations to come. Chris enjoyed vacationing at the beach and mountains and treasured time with his grandchildren. He coached, played and watched sports, closely following the Duke Blue Devils and Boston Red Sox. He cared deeply about others, often delivering food to the homebound or caring for the elderly. Chris was extremely active at Covenant Presbyterian Church, where he was a charter member and Elder Emeritus, chaired and served on many committees and provided many years of faithful and loving service. His values and character were shaped early in life. Chris attended public schools in Statesville and Charlotte and graduated valedictorian in 1948 from Central High School in Charlotte. He graduated from Duke University in 1952 with BA degrees in English and Education and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa national honorary scholastic organization. After receiving his Master of Education degree from the University of Texas in 1953, he served for two years in the United States Army.Chris had great passion for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, where he worked tirelessly as a teacher, principal and administer for 37 years. His former students, staff and educators were like a second family to him, and they remained in close contact. Eager to make a difference in the lives of young people, Chris began his career in 1955 as an English and journalism teacher at Central High School. In 1958, he moved into school administration and, four years later, earned a Doctor of Education degree from Columbia University Teachers College. He was a tremendous advocate for the school system and helped lead through the consolidation of city and county schools and school desegregation. From 1977 until his retirement in 1992, he served as associate superintendent with responsibility for school policies, school calendars, community relations and communications. Over his career, he worked closely with 10 superintendents and numerous school boards (he attended more than 1,200 school board meetings). Upon retirement, Chris was described in The Charlotte Observer as the 'gentlemanly father, meticulous expert and tireless conscience' of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system. Among his numerous professional awards and recognition: the Charlotte Public Relations Society's Infinity Award, Phi Delta Kappa's Continuous Outstanding Service to Education Award and honorary grand marshal in the Carolinas Carrousel Parade. Following retirement, Chris often spoke to the media and community groups about school history, particularly the tough days of school desegregation. He continued to volunteer in the schools until late in his life - tutoring students in Communities In Schools, reading at Highland Renaissance Academy, answering parent e-mails through the school system's website and serving as a judge in The Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee (for over 40 years). He was active in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Retired School Personnel Association, Phi Delta Kappa, North Carolina Association of Educators, Right Moves for Youth, Friendship Trays, United Way, Arts and Science Council, Foundation for the Carolinas, Charlotte Duke Alumni Advisory Committee and other organizations.
Chris is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mitzi Plonk Folk; four children, Chris Evans Folk Jr. and wife Gina of Charlotte, Robert Glenn Folk of Charlotte, Thomas Mark Folk and wife Kim of Charlotte, and Margaret Ann Hunter and husband Luke of Hendersonville, NC; and nine grandchildren, Thomas Hayden Folk, Claire Olivia Folk, Connor Alexander Folk, McGuire Stevenson Hunter, Virginia Grace Folk, Woodson Marvin Hunter, Christopher Allen Folk, Chris Evans Folk III, and Ellison Motley Hunter. He also is survived by many cousins, including Dettie Piper of Greenville, S.C., Woody Woodham and wife Judy of Columbus, N.C., Nan Alexander and husband Glenn of Georgetown, S.C., Harry Evans and wife Pat of Pendleton, S.C., and Donald Moore of Charlotte.
The family extends grateful appreciation to Polly Durham and the wonderful neighbors who delivered regular meals for the last year. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 26, in the Fellowship Hall at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead St. A memorial service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 27, with the Rev. Robert W. Henderson officiating. Following the service, a reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall. A private interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28204; or to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Schools Foundation for the Chris Folk Leadership Fund, 600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.
Harry & Bryant Funeral Home is serving the family.
Published in Charlotte Observer from Sept. 25 to Sept. 26, 2010
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