|Birth: ||Dec. 7, 1845|
Charles City County
|Death: ||Apr. 14, 1932|
Company F - 23rd Virginia Cavalry CSA
The Gloucester Gazette
Thursday, April 21, 1932
Death Claims Veteran Gloucester Minister
Rev. Robert A. Folkes died at 9:05 o'clock last Thursday morning at his home in Gloucester village.
The end for the venerable and beloved clergyman, who was in his 87th year, came very peacefully. He had been in failing health for two weeks and critically ill since Friday. He had passed a restful night and seemed to be quietly sleeping when breathing ceased and the spirit fled.
Mr. Folkes celebrated his 86th birthday on December 7th last. He is survived by ten children: Dr. L. S. Folkes, William Folkes, Mrs. E. S. Rowe, all of Richmond; Mrs. Ben Rowe, Marvin Folkes, Minetree Folkes, all of Norfolk; Mrs. A. H. Wolfe, Mrs. Graham Jones, of Gloucester; John and Joe Folkes, of Washington, and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Folkes enlisted in the Confederate army as a mere boy and served to the close of the war. In young manhood he came to Gloucester County and from that time had been pastor of various Baptist churches in this and adjoining counties, continuing his faithful ministry unlaggingly until stricken two weeks ago by the illness which made it physically impossible for him to attend church.
In recent years he has taught the Bible Study class of Botetourt High School, being the choice of the students for that post. He was much loved by the school children of Gloucester, as, indeed, by all the community.
Mr. Folkes was the father of the public school system of the county, serving for many years as County Superintendent in the difficult transition period between the old days of one-room schools and the present modern system. next to his devotion to the ministry, his passion for public education was Mr. Folkes' cheif concern.
He was a member of Botetourt Lodge No. 7, A.F. & A.M., and was buried with full Masonic honors.
The funeral was held at Newington Church Friday, April 15, at 3 p.m., Rev. H. L. Corr officiating.
Newington Baptist Church Cemetery
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Oct 07, 2007
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