Emil Kratt oral history interview, 2012 March 22
In this interview, Emil Kratt, long-time attorney, Charlotte resident, and member of Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, shares his memories of Bonnie Cone. He recalls their shared service on the Board of Deacons of Myers Park Baptist Church, how he selected her as his vice-chair for her fundraising capabilities, and how he recommended her to be his successor as chair in 1974. Mr. Kratt also discusses Bonnie Cone’s leadership style, personal interests, and character qualities along with the influence of her Baptist faith on how she lived her life.
Emil “Jim” Kratt was a 76-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place in his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1935 and was educated at Myers Park High School in Charlotte and at Wake Forest University. He was employed as a law clerk in North Carolina and later as a private practice lawyer in Charlotte.