James ‘Ralph’ Polk
Published 9:23 am Thursday, October 14, 2021
James “Ralph” Polk, 86, of Cooleemee, died on Oct. 8, 2021 from his home in Davie County.
He was sborn on May 15, 1935 in Raleigh County, W.Va., son of the late Oliver Russell Polk and Maude Ann (Miller) Polk. He was also preceded in death by: his wife, Nancy Dorothy (Smith) Polk; brothers, Eugene, OJ and Charles Polk; sisters, Violet Saunder, Gladys Smith; and a granddaughter, Katie Shook.
He attended Ashe County Schools. He began a career as a logger then started working for Fiber Industries where he worked for 18 years before retiring in 1990. He married Nancy (Smith) Polk and they had four children. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. When he wasn’t enjoying the retired life, he loved doing woodwork.
Survivors: 2 sons, Johnny Polk (Ann) of Statesville, James Polk (Linda) of Salisbury; 2 daughters, Brenda Wood (Tim) of Mocksville, Teresa Seats of Mocksville; 7 grandchildren, Adam Polk, Emily Sigmon, Brian Wood, Tammy Beauchamp, Shanta Williams, Joy Harring, and Able Seats; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A visitation was held on Monday, Oct. 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Davie Funeral Service of Mocksville. A funeral service for Ralph was held Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. at Davie Funeral Service, officiated by Pastor Craig Edward. He was buried at Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery.