Lawrence Garrett Volk

October 16, 1954 - January 17, 2022
Lawrence Garrett Volk

Lawrence (Larry, Coach, or Dr.) Volk, 67, of Carolina Beach, NC passed unexpectedly on 17 January in his sleep of natural causes. We are devastated by this loss of Larry’s presence in our lives. It was very unexpected.

Born on 16 October 1954 to loving parents R. Leonard Volk Jr. and Leona Volk, Dr. Volk is survived by his sister and brother, Vickie and Ralph, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Larry came to his lifelong happy, irrepressible personality at a young age, and continued throughout his life to bring joy to the lives of those that he met. Larry graduated from Lake Taylor High school in 1972 and went on to pursue a degree in Education at the University of Virginia. Larry is a “triple Hoo” acquiring a BS and Masters in Education as well as an Education Specialist (EDS) degree in Instructional Technology. He was a lifelong University sports fan starting with his tryout as a walk-on for spring football at UVA through his attendance at multiple basketball, football, and soccer events over the years.

Larry’s commitment to education started with teaching and coaching in 1977 at Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, VA and continued to his retirement in 2015 at Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC. He always felt a personal commitment and responsibility to his students and measured his effectiveness by the numerous accomplishments of his students over the years. We can’t possibly recount the number of testimonials from students whose lives were affected by Dr. or Coach Volk. He stayed in touch through social media and followed up with many of his students as they became successful adults. His loss will be deeply felt by many.

In addition to his educational commitment, Larry always exemplified the continued pursuit of knowledge and adventure, and the enjoyment of life. Larry loved the adventure of travel, especially cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. He experienced life with gusto whether it was ziplining, snorkeling, diving, dancing, cooking, or dining experiences (a chef at heart). Larry never met a stranger and made lifelong friends within minutes.

Lawrence Volk is predeceased by his parents and is survived by his siblings and their respective families. His numerous friends in the greater Wilmington, NC area and nearby beaches; the Richmond, Charlottesville, and Hampton Roads areas in Virginia; and locations in Florida and the Caribbean are mourning his loss. He is leaving a void for many as he had consistently shared his love of life and living in the moment.

Services have not yet been planned and will be communicated once the pandemic subsides. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to SECU Family House at New Hanover Regional Medical Center where Larry volunteered as Thanksgiving Chef, or The School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia.

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  • January 25, 2022
    Mandie says:
    Mr. Volk has always been one of those teachers I thought about time to time after I graduated in 2000. I remember his personality and always thinking how cool he was and when I grew up I wanted to be cool like him! I always struggled with Math prior to being in his class. The year I was in his class was one of the years I did the best in math. He taught me how to do 9 times tables and I was just using his method the other day to help my son do his math homework. I can say Mr Volk was a great teacher and was very much loved and respected! Every child deserves a Mr.Volk in their lifetime! He will be missed!

  • April 29, 2022
    Helen McKennon says:
    Many years ago – maybe the early 1990’s, Larry visited me in San Francisco. He invited me to attend a presentation he was giving to math teachers about how to make Math accessible, interesting and relevant to high school kids. I only knew the Larry who was more of a cousin than an educator and speaker. My family and the Volks go back to around 1956 or so when my father and Mr. Len were serving in the army and navy respectively, stationed in France. The two families got together frequently and lots of fun was to be had. My family had 3 kids, the oldest a brother, followed by me, and finally my sister. The Volk kids’ birth order was a mirror image of ours – Elder sister and 2 brothers. The “plan” was that the two eldest would one day get married, then the middle kids and finally the babies. There is a photo of Larry and my little sister on the beach, Larry has his arm around my sister’s shoulders, and she has an inner tube around her waist. Cute couple! Larry was a ladies’ man from that young age. Larry’s presentation was brilliant and inspiring; his confidence and obvious knowledge and experience impressed me enormously. I felt lucky to have had the opportunity to see Larry in his chosen profession and see a side of him that I did not know existed. A fireball, funny, confident, and vastly intelligent. The Volk family were true blue friends. None of us married our “intendeds”. But we had many fun times together, and I cherish the memories. I wish I could be there to celebrate your life, Larry, and to share memories with your sibs. Rest in Peace! Nani

  • April 16, 2022
    Ralph Volk says:
    Hello everyone, The Celebration of Life for Larry/Dr. Volk/Coach Volk will commence on the sand (Pelican Lane Beach Access) at Carolina Beach at 10:30 AM on Saturday, 30 April 2022. We will remember Larry with a few words and a toast on the beach. We will then proceed to walk the two blocks over to the Stoked Restaurant in Carolina Beach for a brief memorial at 11 AM with light lunch to follow. Bring your favorite Larry memories to share. Parking is available at Stoked or nearby in the Public Parking for Carolina Beach. For those who have mobility issues they can just attend the ceremony at Stoked at 11 AM. Please RSVP by Facebook Messenger or Text to Nancy Kraselsky, Robin Singletary, or Ralph Volk. Stoked Restaurant, 313 Canal Dr, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • January 31, 2022
    Jean Taylor Pittman says:
    Coach Volk was one of the best teachers I have ever had. He made learning fun and relevant. He also encouraged us to pursue our natural talents. I had him for Physics and Computer basic. He was also my basketball coach. My condolences to his family.

  • January 29, 2022
    Debbie Larsen says:
    I was so sad to hear of the loss of my friend Larry. He and I met over 20 years ago at a teacher conference in Las Vegas. We have remained close friends and had some wonderful times together. My most heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends on his parting. May God give us all the strength we need to get through this most difficult of times. I know that Larry is dressed to the 9s, has a cigar and drink in hand and is making friends in heaven. I will miss you Larry. Thanks for all the wonderful memories.