Rev. James “Gaston” Pollock, 85, of Columbus, Ga., died Wednesday August 10, 2016, at Columbus Hospice House.
Funeral services were Saturday, August 13, 2016, at St. Luke United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Beckum officiating, assisted by Rev. Dick Reese and Rev. Charles Cox. A private burial was held at Parkhill Cemetery. A reception and family visitation were held immediately following the service at the church. Honorary pallbearers were his fellow members of the New Beginnings Sunday School Class and the Tuesday Morning Bible Study.
Rev. Pollock was born July 9, 1931, in Mitchell County, Ga., the son of the late James Isaac and Maggie Poitevint Pollock. He was a graduate of Young Harris College, Birmingham Southern College, and Emory University's Candler School of Theology. He retired, after 44 years as a minister with the South Georgia United Methodist Conference, having served numerous churches, including St. John United Methodist Church and Striplin Terrace United Methodist Church in Columbus. For the past 16 years he was the director of the Samaritan Fund Outreach Program at St. Luke United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the New Beginnings Sunday School Class, the Tuesday Morning Bible Study, and the Administrative Council. He also volunteered with Respite Care, Meals on Wheels, and the Callaway Gardens Chapel. He was a former Lions, Kiwanis, and Exchange Club member. Additionally, he was involved with a cancer research study for 15 years through the University of Arizona. His hobbies included gardening, setting up a bird sanctuary, and was an avid Braves’ fan.
Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Annette Sanders Pollock of Columbus; daughters Angie Mitchell (Moody) of Midland, Ga. and Janne Childs (Joe) of Macon; sisters Anne Smith of Columbus and Elaine Daffron (James) of Warner Robins; four grandchildren, Daniel Mitchell, III of Columbus, Cameron Childs (Katherine) of St. Petersburg, Fla., Hailey Grizzell of Atlanta, and Katie Mitchell of Columbus; one great-grandson, James Mitchell of Columbus; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Phyllis Sanders of Columbus; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Flowers will be accepted, those so desiring may make contributions to the Respite Care, Samaritan Fund, or Music Scholarship Fund at St. Luke United Methodist Church, PO Box 867 Columbus, Ga. 31902.
Those who wish may sign the online guest registry for Rev. Pollock at www.mcmullenfuneralhome.com.