Reverend Virginia Elaine Folks departed this life peacefully on July 8, 2022 at the Agape Hospice Care in North Charleston, South Carolina surrounded by family and friends.
Elaine was born on August 8, 1956 in Charleston, South Carolina to the late Robert Marion Bryan and Sylvia Nick and was adopted and raised by the late Virginia Nick. She graduated from C. A. Brown High School class of 1974 where she was known to all of her beloved classmates as "Nickel". She was a member of Vanderhorst C.M.E Church since adolescence, serving in roles as choir member and later as an associate minister. Elaine is a graduate of Rutledge College which led to her 20 year career in Medical Assistance. She also completed a ministerial certification program which allowed her to perform duties as a part-time Hospital Chaplain. Elaine also served as Pastor of Larry Temple C.M.E Church of North Charleston, South Carolina. She recently retired in 2021.
Elaine was best known to her friends and family as a proud and loving mom, grandmother, faithful servant, spiritual mentor, a loving wife and a minister of God's word. Her infectious laughter could light up a room.
She was preceded in death by her sister Effie Bryan and brother Earl Bryan. She is survived by her husband Gregory of 10yrs, her 2 children La'Ron Pope (S.Tanaye), She'Kinah Simmons (Lavar); her grandchildren: Jarren Pope, Andre Simmons and Jasmine Simmons. Brothers and sisters: Arthur L. Bryan (Jill), Joseph R. Bryan, Stanley Bryan, Sharron Bryan Allen (Joe), Cynthia Bryan and Rosalyn Cromedy (Bobby) as well as aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and her children's father, Lawrence Pope.
Family and Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life gathering on Monday, July 18th at 1:30pm at Vanderhorst C.M.E Church, located at 66 Hanover St., Charleston, SC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Vanderhorst C.M.E Church in her honor at the following link: