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Charlotte Brooks Polk

Memphis, TN

Mrs. Charlotte Brooks Polk transitioned on July 14, 2017.

Born on August 22, 1936 in Jackson, Tennessee to the late Reverend Phillip E. Brooks and Mrs. Lottie Thompson Brooks, Charlotte moved to Memphis with her family at a young age. After graduation from Booker T. Washington High School, she went on to receive a BA in Music from Fisk University and a MA from The University of Michigan.

On June 10, 1963, Charlotte Brooks was united in Holy Matrimony with Mr. Samuel L. Polk, and to this union three children were born -- Samone Carlotta, Sandra Charita, and Samuel Carlton.

At an early age, Charlotte professed her faith at an early age at Mt. Olive Cathedral C.M.E. Church. For more than 50 years, Mrs. Polk served Martin Memorial Temple C.M. E. Church as Minister of Music and organist. She was also a member of the Rubye B. Jones Missionary Circle, Pastor's Pride, and Chair of the Budget Committee.

At Fisk University, she pledged Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. When she returned to Memphis, she became an active member of The Memphis Alumnae Chapter and remained active for years. Because of her love for music, Charlotte established The Delta Ensemble/Delta Voices.

For more than 40 years, Charlotte dedicated her life to teaching children a love of music. Her career began at Carver High School and extended to Airways Junior High School, Porter Junior High School, and South Side High School, "Home of the Scrappers" where she was affectionately known as "The General".

Charlotte served her community through numerous organizations. She was the Chartering President of The Shelby County (TN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Charlotte also served on the Greater YWCA of Memphis Board of Directors and board chair. She was a member of the Exchange Club Family Center Board of Directors, National Council of Negro Women (where she served as Program Coordinator of Memphis Black Family Reunion), and NAACP ACT-SO. She received a plethora of awards, plaques, recognitions, and honors during her lifetime and will forever be remembered for her outstanding commitment to excellence in leadership and service.

Charlotte leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her memory her spouse of 54 years, Samuel; three children, Samone Carlotta (Ernest), Sandra Charita, and Dr. Samuel Carlton (Elise); two grandchildren, Eren Samone Brooks and Samuel Ethan Polk, IV; five siblings Phyllis, Mose Yvonne, Phillip, Mona (Edgar), Fred (Charlotte); five nephews Edgar (Agatha), William "Billy," Todd, Damon, and Justin; one God-son Marcus Robinson; a host of cousins, other relatives, and dear friends.

Wake and Civic Memorial Services 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday, July 21, Martin Memorial Temple CME Church, 65 S. Parkway West.

Funeral, 11 a.m., Saturday, July 22 at Martin Memorial Temple, CME Church.

In lieu of flowers, direct contributions to the Charlotte Brooks Polk Music and Academic Scholarship at Martin Memorial Temple.

NJ Ford and Sons Funeral Home 12 S. Parkway W is in charge.
Published in The Commercial Appeal from July 16 to July 21, 2017
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