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Linn County News

Published March 25, 2020


Charles Edward Pollard was born on Nov. 15, 1954, in Tuskegee, Ala., to the late Charlie and Sarah Pollard.

Charles spent his childhood in Tuskegee, Ala., and attended Chehaw School and Washington Public School. He graduated from Tuskegee Institute High School in 1973 and immediately went to work for Southern Bell Telephone Company.

In 1983, Charles enlisted in the United States Army and earned his jump wings at the 82nd Airborne Unit in Fort Bragg, N.C. As a Field Comsec Equipment Operator he served in several operations, such as Grenada, Honduras, and Desert Storm. After an honorable discharge from the Army, Charles spent over 25 years in the telephone industry working for various companies,  including Sprint and Google Fiber. After retiring from Google Fiber in 2016, Charles started his own business called Pollard’s Handyman, where he worked until his untimely passing on March 17, 2020.

Charles, or “Butch” as he was known to many of his family and friends, had an infectious personality and a laugh that would fill up a room. He had a passionate love of music and spent many years as a musician and deejay. He was a diehard Chiefs fan who never missed a game and was known around the community as a “fix-it” man. Charles genuinely loved to help anyone in need and would often make time to do so. He was loved by many and a friend to everyone and will be dearly missed.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Anna Pollard. He had six daughters: Pamela Pollard Tuck (Keith) of Montgomery, Ala., Felicia Eddings Canady of Tallassee, Ala., Laqwanda Eddings Haygood (Daron) of Wetumpka, Ala., Elizabeth Pollard McBee (Ross) of Belton, Mo., Sarah Pollard of Fresno, Calif., Mary Pollard Keller (James) of Albuquerque, N.M.; two sons, Charles Christopher Pollard of Montgomery, Ala., Kevin Charles Drayton of Killeen, Texas; three brothers, Tony Pollard of Mound City, Kan., Robbin Pollard of Mount Airy, Ga. and Gerald Pollard (Audrey) of Tuskegee, Ala.; five grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, who loved him dearly.


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