By December 21, 2019Current Services

Jeffrey L. Pollard, 72, of Washington Court House, Ohio, died Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 10:59 a.m. at Court House Manor where he had been residing since November 4.

Jeff was born July 11, 1947, in Greenfield, Ohio to Ernest and Phyllis June Hedges Pollard.  He was a 1965 graduate of Edward Lee McClain High School in Greenfield; attended Eastern Kentucky University and lived most of his life in Greenfield and Washington Court House.

He was a newspaperman for 45 years.  He began his career at the Greenfield Daily Times as sports editor; was city editor for the Richmond (KY) Daily Register; returned to the Greenfield Daily Times as editor; then editor at the Madison Press in London, Ohio and concluded his newspaper career as publisher and editor of the Record-Herald in Washington Court House.  He then became a truck driver and drove for BST, Sewell and also as a self-employed car hauler.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents and his step-father, Ralph Stewart.

He is survived by his wife, the former Pamela Kay McConnaughey whom he married February 26, 1967; two children, Jeffrey T.D. Pollard of Columbus and Carrie Herdman and her husband, Scott, of Washington Court House and was also dad to 10 exchange students from around the world. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Bailey and Madison Herdman, his step-mother, Evelyn Pollard of Columbus; siblings, Jon (Lisa) Stewart of Frankfort, Greg (Lisa) Stewart, Mark (Sandy) Stewart and Jolinda Stewart, all of Greenfield, Mahlon (Chon) Pollard of Westerville, Marlene (Dan) Sahr of Columbus, Marsha Pollard of Georgia, Marcella Pollard and Myron Pollard both of Columbus and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jeff chose to donate his body to The Ohio State University for medical research.

A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Danny Dodds, minister at the Greenfield Church of Christ, officiating.  A time of food and fellowship at the Mahan Building on the Fayette County Fairgrounds will immediately the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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  • Rory Ryan says:

    Jeff was a great newspaperman and a great guy. I always enjoyed working with Jeff on different projects. He will be missed by many.

  • John Patton says:

    I have not seen Jeff for years, probably the last time was at a Greenfield/Hillsboro basketball game in 70s. I last spoke with him after the death of his close friend Don Blake. He and Don played hearts against me and my roommate Don Carey on many occasions late at night in the dorm at Eastern. Always a great time. My sincere condolences to his family. Jeff was memorable and always positive person. My condolences to his family.