John Cecil Folk, Jr., of Abbeville, died Wednesday, June 17, 2020. He was born to the late John Cecil Folk, Sr. and Lois Hodges Folk of Williston, SC in 1945. John graduated from Williston-Elko High School and received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Georgia. He was employed with Clemson Extension for several years and taught science and agriculture for over 30 years. John completed his teaching career at the John De La Howe school and Long Cane Academy in McCormick. A lifelong farmer, he was active in the Abbeville and McCormick County Cattlemen and Forestry Associations. John was also a longtime supporter of Farm City Days and the Woodland Clinic held at John De La Howe school. For many years, he served as a member and elder of the Willington Presbyterian Church.
A kind, loving and devoted father and grandfather, John was preceded in death by his sisters, Lois Folk Williams and Joanne Chambers Barker. He leaves behind a sister, Joyce Holley Hollingsworth, four children, Jay, Celia Ann, Katie, and Jeff; four grandchildren, Jonathan, Hope, Sahara and Jack along with many friends and a true love of agriculture in the lives of many whom he influenced.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Friday, June 19, 2020 at Harris Funeral Home, Abbeville Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Lee P. Kennerly officiating. The burial will follow at 4:00 PM on Friday in The Williston Cemetery, 2600 Lake Drive, Williston, SC 29853 with the Reverend Lee P. Kennerly and Michael Dorn officiating.
The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the health care staff that have been so compassionate in helping to care for John.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be sent to The Woodland Clinic, 6717 Hwy. 25N, Hodges, SC 29653 or to Abbeville County EMS, 903 West Greenwood Street Suite 2700, Abbeville, SC 29620.
Due to the current pandemic and the CDC regulations, social distancing and other guidelines will be in place. The graveside service will be live-streamed on our Official Folk Funeral Home - Live Stream Facebook page for those unable to attend.
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