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Folwell Family Announces Memorial Gift InformationNovember 6, 2017 • CFE Staff  • DIOCESAN FAMILY

In the wake of the passing of Christine “Chris” Folwell, the wife of former Diocese of Central Florida bishop William Folwell, the family announced Monday, Nov. 6, how people can send gifts or notes of condolence.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Chris Folwell may be directed to the following:

  • Children & Family Resource Center

Credit card online: or

Send check via mail: Children & Family Resource Center, 851 Case Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792 (Memo: In Memory of Mrs. Christine Folwell)

  • Safelight, Inc.

Credit card online: or
Send check via mail: Safelight, Inc., 133 Fifth Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28792 (Memo: In Memory of Mrs. Christine Folwell)

  • St. James Episcopal Church Charitable Foundation

Credit card online: or
Send check via mail: St. James Episcopal Church Charitable Foundation, 766 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792 (Memo: In Memory of Mrs. Christine Folwell)


“The Folwells have expressed their gratitude for the outpouring of condolences and concern,” said Sarah Caprani, executive assistant to Bishop Greg Brewer for the Diocese of Central Florida.

Chris Folwell died on Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Hendersonville, N.C., surrounded by her family. William Folwell served as bishop for Central Florida from 1970-1989 – the longest-running tenure of any bishop in the area.

According to her obituary in, Christine Folwell was born on Dec. 26, 1929, and grew up in Miami. Blessed with a nice soprano voice, she was active in church and musical events in South Florida, including the Jesu Drama Guild.

Christine Folwell worked as an obstetric/gynecological nurse in Orlando, and later ministered to clergy families – an outlet that spurred her to form the Episcopal Clergy Family Network, conducting and co-authoring the first sociological study of Episcopal clergy families in the nation.

After moving to Hendersonville, N.C., where she spent the last 26 years, she devoted her time to the Belfrey Players, Safelight services for women and children (formerly Mainstay), St. James Thrift Shop, and the Children and Family Resource Center, among other community and church activities.

Married to William Folwell for 68 years, she also was the mother of Ann Folwell Stanford (Marisa), Mark Thomas Folwell (Kathy) and Susan Elizabeth Folwell. She left behind six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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