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Joseph "Joe" H. Sokol
  • Donations in his honor can be made to:
  • Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue
    182 Rutledge Avenue
    Charleston, SC 29403
  • Donations in his honor can be made to:
  • Chabad of the Lowcountry
    477 Mathis Ferry Road
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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“My Friends, the Sokol family,My heart goes out to you at this time of sorrow. I admired both of you so much for your kindness and dignity. Your...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Fredia, Home is where the heart is. You and Joe assisted so many families surround themselves with beauty and comfort. We will always...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Penny and Grant Patton - SC

“Dear Fredia and all of your beautiful family, I am truly very saddened reading of Mr. Sokol's passing. He was one of my favorite friends, as you...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Susan Shealy Feldman - Charleston, SC

“Dear Frieda, Ed and Family,I am so saddened to hear of Joe's passing. What an ICON on King Street. I always loved the aquarium in the store and all...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Sandy Rose - Charlotte, NC

“Dear Sokol family, so sorry for your loss. This community will miss him and I know you are saddened by his death. He was a salesman's salesman and it...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Joe Spann - Isle of Palms

“Mr. Sokol will be deeply missed. All the respect in the world for the whole family. I will be there for the family if needed. Love and prayers. ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Butch Estes - Moncks corner, SC

“TO ALL OF THE SOKOL FAMILY I AM SORRY TO HEAR THAT MR.JOE IS GONE HE WAS MY BOSS FOR 30 YEARS MR. WAS A GOOD PERSON. JAMES MYERS ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: JAMES MYERS - N.CHARLESTON, SC

“Freida, I remember you fondly when we both went to Sweats Gym many moons ago -My daughter sent me the death notice from the Post & Courier - I wanted...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Faye MacFarlane - Friend

“Dear Freida and Family,So sorry to learn this. Joe was a nice, nice man - I used to see him at Zinn's and he was always kind.I always adored your...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Renee Zinn Gordon - Jacksonville, FL

“My Dear Freida,My heart is with you and your family. Your loss is deep and so is Charleston's. Joe's kindness, humor and strength touched all who...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Shawn Forbes Davis - Santee, SC

“I enjoyed working with Joe in planning the Citadel Class of 1953 Reunions.Ann Marie joins me in offering sympathy and prayers to all the Sokol Family. ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Bill McKay - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Freida, Ed and Family,Truly have lost one of the nicest and friendliest indviduals I ever had the pleasure to work with. Class act, gentleman and...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: A friend


13 of 19 | Posted by: Sondra Katzenstein - Gastonia,, NC

“Thoughts and prayers to the Sokol family.. Mr and Mrs Sokol have impacted more people than they could ever imagine and that is yet another enduring ...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Sted Dowd - Charleston, SC

“Freida and family, So sorry to learn of your loss, which is also a great loss for Charleston. Thank you for sharing his time and efforts with the...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Sherry Martschink - Summerville, SC

“Freida and loved ones:Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Joe was a Mensch and a true gentleman.Love,Haskell and Dale...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Haskell Toporek - Augusta, GA

“Our most sincere condolences on your lossOur prayers and thoughts are with you ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Fred and Vicki Danziger - SC

“Know that my heart is with you all in these sad days. I hope that you take some comfort knowing that the light that shined in Joe will never be gone...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Katharine Hendrix - Charleston, SC

“DEAR FREIDA AND FAMILYI AM SO VERY SORRY TO LEARN OF JOE'S DEATH--AND I SHARE YOUR SORROW ,ESPECIALLY SINCE JOE WAS ONE OF THE NICEST PEOPLE I KNEW ...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: jeri gertzman - charlotte, NC


Joseph H. Sokol was born in Charleston at Baker Hospital on March 22, 1932 – the son of Ida and Morris Sokol.

After graduating from the Citadel in 1953 (Summerall Guards), attending Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, and serving a stint in the Army, Mr. Sokol went to work for his father Morris, at the eponymously named furniture store at 510 King Street, assuming the role of president after his father's retirement. In 2015 at the age of 82, Mr. Sokol retired and closed the store after 95 years in business.

Mr. Sokol was a past president of Brith Shalom Beth Israel Synagogue and the Jewish Community Center. He was also a longtime member of the Hebrew Orphan Society and the Hebrew Benevolent Society, the oldest Jewish philanthropic organization in the United States. His community service and philanthropic pursuits are too numerous to recount.

Mr. Sokol played a major role in the revitalization of Upper King Street, and was an active member of the King Street Merchants Association. Mayor Riley proclaimed March 22, 2012 as "Joe Sokol Day." Mayor Tecklenburg declared the corner of King St. and Reid St. the "Sokol Family Block" in honor of Mr. Sokol on April 16, 2018.

Mr. Sokol is survived by Freida Sokol, his wife of 65 years whom he deeply loved; their four children, Ed Sokol, Eve Sokol, Freddie Sokol Schneider and Pauline Sokol Nakios (Thomas, who was like a son to Joe); his nine grandchildren, Ross Appel (Alexis), Ben Sokol, Michael Appel, Maxie Sokol Busey (Kyle), Lilla Ford (Jon), Rachel Appel, Sam Schneider, Theo Nakios, and Elliot Nakios; and one great-grandson, Cameron Ford. He is also survived by a sister, Sonia Greenberg and pre-deceased by a sister, Jean Sokol Rosner (Herbert).

He fought a short, courageous battle with cancer, with strength, dignity and faith, surrounded by his wife Freida, children, grandchildren and great-grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the graveside in BSBI cemetery on Sycamore Avenue in West Ashley off of Highway 61.

Donations in his honor can be made to, Addlestone Hebrew Academy (1675 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407), Brith Shalom Beth Israel Synagogue (182 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC 29403), or Chabad of Charleston and the Low Country (477 Mathis Ferry Rd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464).