It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of a remarkable man, whose life was a beautiful tapestry of kindness, gentleness, and humor. He entered this life on March 18, 1969 and on July 15, 2023, our beloved Michael Thomas Folk, left this world, leaving behind a legacy of warmth and joy that will forever be etched in the hearts of all who knew him.
Michael received his education in Ruston, Louisiana graduating from Cedar Creek High School in 1987. He attended Louisiana Tech University and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He began his career at T.L. James and Company, which was founded by his great-grandfather, and it was there that he met his wife, Laurie. He was later employed with Folk Law Group, Lowe’s, and most recently the State of Louisiana Office of Child Support and Enforcement Services.
His genuine care for others knew no bounds, and he always found a way to brighten someone’s day with a heartfelt smile, a kind word, or a ready joke. He offered a listening ear and a comforting presence in times of sorrow and celebration alike.
One of Michael’s defining traits was his unmatched sense of humor. With a quick wit and an infectious laugh, he had a unique ability to turn even the most challenging situations into moments of lightheartedness. His humor was a gift he readily shared, lifting the spirits of all fortunate enough to be in his company.
Friends and family knew Michael as a dependable pillar of support, always ready to lend a helping hand without hesitation. He found joy in simple pleasures, cherishing the beauty of nature, listening to music, and savoring every moment spent with loved ones. He was a private pilot, a certified scuba diver, enjoyed boating and water sports, building Lego, gaming with his children, and all things aviation and weather-related.
As we bid farewell to Michael, we find solace in the cherished memories he leaves behind. He was a rare gem, a person whose gentle nature, kind heart, and laughter enriched the lives of those fortunate to know him. Though he may be physically absent, his spirit will forever reside in our hearts, guiding us to be better, more compassionate individuals.
Michael is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 28 years, Laurie L. Folk; his children, Alexia Folk, Elizabeth Folk Cochran and husband Guy, Christian Folk, Jonathan Folk and wife Brittney; his grandson, Blaine Folk; his mother, Mary Folk; his father, Tommy Folk and wife Marion; his sister, Sarah Copes and husband Clint; his brother Stephen Folk and husband Charles; his mother-in-law Brenda Bright; his father-in-law, John Brown; his brothers-in-law B.J. Ruth, Matt Brown and wife Lindsey, Michael Brown and wife Tania; and numerous nieces and nephew, cousins, relatives and friends who will carry his memory with them throughout their lives.
Michael is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents John Thomas and Frances Folk, and his maternal grandparents, Sam and Mary Sharp, as well as his aunt Fran Folk.
On Tuesday, July 25, 2023, a memorial service will be officiated by Pastor Tom Lowe in the Chapel at Christ Church, 208 Lincoln Street, West Monroe, Louisiana, where we will gather to remember the incredible life of Michael Thomas Folk and bid him a heartfelt farewell.
As we mourn the loss of our dear Michael, let us also celebrate the joy he brought into our lives. May his spirit forever inspire us to be kind, gentle, and full of humor, keeping his legacy alive in our actions and hearts. He will be profoundly missed and forever loved.
Special thanks to Dr. Keith Calhoun; Dr. Blaine Borders and his staff who became like family to us; and to the myriad of surgeons and caregivers at Baylor St. Luke Hospital in Houston, Texas.