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Ripley - Riley T. "Freck" Pollard, Jr., 90, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Lauderdale Community Hospital. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 at Garner Funeral Home in Ripley. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Garner Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Ripley Memorial Gardens. Freck was born September 11, 1923, where he grew up in the Edith Community of Lauderdale County. Completing the 8th grade at the Edith school, he graduated from Ripley High School in 1940. For the next three years he worked in Memphis at the Toddle House fast food restaurant, Sears retail store and for Western Electric. In February 1943 he joined the US Navy and served just over three years. One year of this was aboard the USS Swasey, a destroyer escort with duty in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. After this military service, he graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He joined the Tennessee Army National Guard in June 1953 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in December 1953. After serving for 24 years he retired as a full Colonel. Later he joined the Tennessee Home Guard, serving for 4 years, retiring as a Brigadier General. He was a 50 year 32nd degree Mason and a 50 year Shriner. He was an avid sportsman, with emphasis on golf, duck hunting and fishing. He was the first club golf champion of the Rolling Hills Country Club in Ripley, TN, where he was a charter member. He was a member of the Dixie Rod & Gun Club, the second oldest hunting club at Reelfoot Lake, TN. He was a Member of the Ripley Rotary Club, past president, a Paul Harris Fellow, with a perfect attendance record in 43 straight years. He was a 50 year member of both the American Legion and the VFW, serving as post commander of each of these. He was a State Farm Insurance Agent in Ripley for over 50 years. He was also a member of the Ripley First United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Helen Pollard, a son Riley T. “Tommy” Pollard, III (Phyllis), another son, William “Bill” Andrew Pollard, grandson, Clayton T. Pollard, and a loving and caring companion, Patricia Simms. The family requests memorials be sent to or the Shriner's Children's Hospitals. Garner Funeral Home (731) 635-1271
Published in The Commercial Appeal on June 9, 2014
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