BARBARA LEE POLLAR
DECEMBER 28, 1941 – JUNE 22, 2011
Barbara Lee (Walker) Pollar was born to loving parents, James Kenneth and Emma Brogdon Walker on December 28, 1941 in Norcross, Georgia. She was a graduate of Hooper Renwick High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia and attended both Clark College in Atlanta and Savannah State College in Savannah, Georgia. She married the late Rev. Alfred Pollar, Sr. in 1960 and to this union a single son was born, Alfred Pollar, Jr. The couple began their ministry in Commerce, Georgia and later pastured churches in Savannah, Georgia and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Barbara had a beautiful soprano voice and enjoyed singing solos in church. She was an active pastor’s wife, busy working on numerous church activities as well as hosting elaborate dinners in their home that she painstakingly decorated with two of the loves of her life, antique furniture and fresh flowers. Barbara also enjoyed volunteering wherever she was needed in the community. When her son, fondly given the nick name “Bunyon” by his father, was in grade school, she spent so much time in the school everyone assumed she was an employee.
After years of pasturing and in poor health, The Rev. Pollar, Sr. retired and the couple returned to Norcross, Georgia where Barbara lovingly cared for him until his death. After her husband’s death Barbara returned to New Orleans to be near their son. She continued her involvement in the United Methodist Church until her son’s untimely death. After this loss, Barbara returned to Norcross to live and united herself with John Wesley UMC as she was so grateful for the support the church had given her through the years. She sang in the choir and served two terms as president of United Methodist Women.
She had her own health challenges by then. She bravely fought uterine cancer for six years. Barbara remained positive through it all and was an inspiration for all who knew her. Many times she would walk among other patients in the chemotherapy lab praying for them quietly and whispering words of encouragement in the ears of the suffering. She gladly gave up the fight for this life on June 22, 2011. She was memorialized on June 25, 2011 at the John Wesley United Methodist Church. Family, church members and friends sat patiently in a filled sanctuary as people from around the world stood on their feet to express all that Barbara had meant to them.
She is survived by three sisters, Deborah Walker-Little, Yvonne (Lynn) Newton and Singne Walker, all of Norcross, Georgia, many nieces, nephews and friends. Though she is physically not here she remains very close in our minds, our hearts and in our conversations.
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