James “Jim” Monroe Folk, 93, of Inman passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. He was born on July 3, 1930 in Bamberg, South Carolina to his parents, the late Delle Mitchell Folk and the late Christian Monroe Folk. James was married to the late Judy Dobson Folk. He was also predeceased by his brother, Joseph Christian Folk.
James is survived by his daughter, Jessica Lynn Folk Greer (Will) and two granddaughters, Finley Rose and Emery Kate, and his son, Calvin Brooks Folk (Brenna) and two granddaughters, Mayson Monroe and Malone Morrison.
A proud member of Clemson’s Senior Platoon, James graduated from Clemson University in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Textiles. He was then commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. James was a Veteran of the Korean War and served with the 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the Army and Captain in the Reserve. James received the Combat Infantrymen Badge.
After forty years of service, James retired from Milliken and Company. He was a member of the American Legion Post 45 and a Mason for over 50 years. He served as a Spartanburg Community College Commissioner for 23 years.
James was a dedicated genealogist who added thousands of names to the Folk and Mitchell genealogy. Additionally, he was a prolific reader who enjoyed reading historical fiction. If one ever wished to bring a smile to his face, one might offer a trip to the library or a seat at the television to watch a classic Western movie. However, nothing brought him greater joy than to spend time in the presence of his children and his beloved granddaughters.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Seawright Funeral Chapel in Inman, SC.