Folkmoot remembers past President Joan Enloe

With incredible sadness, we report that past President, Joan Enloe has passed away.

Since the birth of the Folkmoot organization, Joan has pitched-in as a volunteer in every capacity, including traveling to far reaches of the globe to recruit cultural groups, serving as a host family, managing the cafeteria during the festival, designing and delivering food for the Friends of Folkmoot Gala and serving on the festival committee. Any time we needed Joan, she helped and we are a better organization because of her participation. The Folkmoot family will miss her deeply.

Heartfelt condolences to Joan’s daughters, Melissa, Trudy and Jennifer. Photo: Dear friends, Rolf Kaufman & Joan Enloe before the Candlelight Closing in 2019.

Joan’s Obituary, from The Mountaineer:

WAYNESVILLE — Joan Wolfenbarger Enloe, 77, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

She was born in New Tazewell, Tennessee, on June 26, 1942, to the late Henry Clyde and Gertrude Welch Wolfenbarger. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Frank R. Enloe, DVM and her brother Sidney Wolfenbarger.

After graduating from Lincoln Memorial University of Harrogate, Tennessee, Joan settled in Waynesville, Dr. Enloe’s hometown, to raise her family as a beloved mother, own and operate her own retail business, and become a cherished member of the Haywood County community.

Over a 35-year span, she served in the capacities of a dedicated volunteer, president and board member of Folkmoot USA. She also enjoyed reading, traveling, painting and contributing to the arts.

She is survived by her three daughters, Melissa Enloe, Jennifer Enloe, Trudy Enloe, and her grandson, Lucas Chike, all of Waynesville.

A celebration of her life will be honored at a later date.

Her loving presence and interests may be honored by memorial donations to Folkmoot USA, PO Box 658, Waynesville, NC 28786 and to the Haywood County Public Library, 678 Haywood St., Waynesville, NC, 28786.

The care of Mrs. Enloe has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at

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Rolf Kaufman & Joan Enloe