James Thomas Pollard (77)

Cowling, Illinois
Birth: October 12, 1945
Death: April 30, 2023

James Thomas Pollard, 77, of Cowling, IL, died Sunday, April 30, 2023, at his home. He was born October 12, 1945, in Kansas City, MO, the son of Clarence Owen Pollard and James Margaret (Griffin) Pollard. He was married to Karen (Williams) Pollard on August 12, 1966, and she survives.

James retired as a Chief Warrant Officer from a career in the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Grayville. In his leisure time, he enjoyed fishing, metal detecting, and antique cars.

Survivors include his wife Karen Pollard of Cowling; daughters Kelly (Richard) Hershman of Fortville, IN, Michele Walsh (Stephanie Cortez) of Grayville, Rachael (David) Jackson of Grayville; sisters Barbara McCulley of Hogansville, GA, Judy (Allen) Schweitzer of LaGrange, GA; grandchildren Christina (Kevin) Teverbaugh, Richie Hershman (Kaynah Duffy), Nikolaus (Joni) Stickles, Tabetha (Jimmy) Pifer, Tyler (Brianna) Walsh, Victoria Jackson; great-grandchildren Kennedy, Kahleesi, Payton, Tiana, Levi, Nathaniel, Kailey, Lydia, Rey Lynn.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Gerald Pollard; and granddaughter Leanna Jackson.

Visitation and funeral are Thursday, May 4, 2023, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville, IL. Visitation is at 10 am and funeral is at 12 noon. Burial with military honors will be in Old Union Cemetery south of Grayville.

Memorials may be made to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville, IL.

Visitation: Cook Funeral Chapel, Grayville, Illinois - Thursday May 4, 2022 - 10 am - 12 noon
Service: Cook Funeral Chapel, Grayville, Illinois - Thursday May 4, 2022 - 12 noon
Burial: Old Union Cemetery, Grayville, Illinois - with Military Rites
Memorials: Cincinnati Children's Hospital

3 thoughts on “James Thomas Pollard”

  1. Chad and JaJa Alldredge

    Jim was such a kind soul. I remember him coming to watch Colton play basketball. We always enjoyed talking with him. Very sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

  2. Donnel Humbert

    We first met Jim (a fellow Marine) and his wonderful family in Hawaii in 1985. Our families quickly developed an everlasting friendship. Our friendship grew even greater while stationed at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. We will always remember Jim and the fun time we had together.

  3. Hi I’m Victoria James Pollard granddaughter he was the best person I ever had met in my life I’m so sad now but I remember the good times 😭😔

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