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By Joe Thomas
Ledger Editor 

Folsom carried a big stick and really big heart

Former Flomaton High School principal is remembered for his tough love for students


January 24, 2019


Teddy Roosevelt is famously quoted as saying "Walk softly and carry and big stick" as he described the art of diplomacy with the threat of something worse if those negotiations didn't work. Those who attended Flomaton High School from 1957 to 1975 while John Lewis Folsom served as principal say the quote fits Folsom as well.

Folsom, 92, died Monday at a Daphne, Ala., healthcare facility following an extended illness.

A native of Georgiana, Folsom was a member of the Flomaton community for 60 years before he and his wife Shelmerdene moved to Daphne.

Flomaton Mayor Dewey Bondurant Jr., a 1965...

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