Ramsey Pollard, 83, of Elizabethton, went home to be with his Lord on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, surrounded by his family, at Hillview Health Center.
Mr. Pollard was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but had been a resident of Elizabethton for the past 15 years. He was the son of the late William Ramsey and Della Pickle Pollard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Mason Lux, and a sister, Imogene Cliett.
Mr. Pollard was a member of First Baptist Church in Elizabethton. He loved to travel and was very active in his church.
Ramsey Pollard was best known for his work in the fields of Public Relations and Travel. He hosted a nationally syndicated Sun Radio show, “Ramblin’ With Ramsey,” which was heard by millions of people on more than 100 stations. Every weekend, Ramsey would visit a different destination, giving advice on where to stay and what to do and interviewing local personalities such as Dolly Parton, Walter Cronkite, Ben Vereen and Clint Black. Prior to that, Pollard managed a publication titled “Welcome to the USA” which, among other things, featured his interviews with three different U.S. Presidents. He enjoyed flying all over the world, going to glamorous places and eating the finest cuisine…but his favorite place was always with his family. Annual trips to the beach for the whole clan and gathering everyone at his home for Thanksgiving are only a few of the many times enjoyed together.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Patricia “Pat” Price Pollard, of the home; three daughters, Kathy Lux and husband Buddy, Woodbridge, Va., Sarah Moore and husband Gary, Orlando, Fla., and Ann Pollard, Orlando, Fla.; four grandchildren, Laura Corombos and husband Greg, Woodbridge, Va., Hank Lux, Savannah, Ga., Clint Moore, Miami, Fla., and Ramsey Keith Moore, Orlando, Fla.; one great-granddaughter, Katie Grace Corombus, Woodbridge, Va.; and two nieces, Arden Starnes, Black Mountain, N.C., and Nancy Horton, Nashville, Tenn.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Pollard will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Rev. Bob Polk and Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Music will be under the direction of John Bunn. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from noon until 2 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service, or at the residence at anytime. The graveside service will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be his grandsons and sons-in-law. Honorary pallbearers will be the Messengers Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Hillview Health Center for all the love and care shown to Mr. Pollard during his illness. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to First Baptist Church, 212 East F. Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Pollard family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.