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(Oct 31, 2011)

PHILLIP ANDREW POLLARD, 44, of Richmond, Va., passed away Oct. 29, 2011, after suffering a massive stroke. He was born Oct. 27, 1967, at Fort Benning, Ga., the son of Peggy Chandler and Raymond G. Pollard III of Huntington, W.Va. He was a teacher and a musician. It was said that there are two kinds of people, those who loved Phil and those who hadn't yet met him. He was a joyous person who was a friend of everyone he knew and whose wide circle of friends stretched across the country. Phil grew up in Harford County, Md., and graduated from Edgewood High School in 1985. He was a member of the marching and jazz band and lettered in football. He was also a graduate of Harford Community College, where he performed in the jazz band. Phil was a member of the Baltimore Colts and Ravens marching bands. In one year at West Virginia University, he was a member of the Blue and Gold Marching Band. Phil was a teacher at Richmond Waldorf School and beloved by his students and parents alike. He also taught at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Md., and was teacher of the year in 1999 at Mount de Sales Academy in Baltimore, Md. He was the first and only male commencement speaker selected by the students at the all female school. Phil was a graduate of Towson University, Towson, Md., with a BS in English and of St. John's College of Annapolis, Md., with a master's in liberal arts. He also took graduate courses at multiple colleges. Phil was a musician of considerable renown in both Knoxville, Tenn., and Richmond, Va. His band, "Phil Pollard and The Band of Humans," was a hit in the Knoxville area and had its own following. He performed at multiple venues, including the Bonaroo Festival, and was known in the Richmond area as one-half of "The Slomski Brothers." He drummed with "Sarah Schwabe and the Yankee Jazz Band," "Sean McCollough Band" and "The Bearded." The Knoxville radio station WDVX honored Phil by playing his music in an all-day tribute on Oct. 28. Phil was the grandson of the late Denvil and Louise Chandler and the late Raymond and Mildred Pollard. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Dawn Ann Beltz Pollard; and their three daughters, Eleanore Beltz Pollard, Anna Walters Pollard and Theodora McCoy Pollard, all of Richmond; father- and mother-in-law, Ivan Beltz and Donna Davis; brother- and sister in-law, Brett and Kelly Winston; brother-in-law, Trent Winston, all of Knoxville, Tenn.; brother-in-law, Bradford Beltz of St. Joseph, Mich.; brother and sister-in-law, Patrick and Kristin Pollard of Bel Air, Md.; sister and brother-in-law, Marielle' and Scott Madden of Huntington, W.Va. Phil is also survived by many nieces and nephews that also adored him. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Westover Baptist Church, 1000 Westover Hills Boulevard, Richmond, VA., followed by a reception at the school. On Wednesday, Nov. 2, a viewing will be held at McComas Funeral Home, Abingdon, Md., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Thursday, Nov. 3, there will be a Christian Burial Service and interment at Holy Trinity Church, Churchville, Md., at 11 a.m. Serving as pallbearers will be Patrick Pollard, Jack Pollard, Joseph Pollard, Raymond Linton, Scott Madden and Bradford Beltz. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to his daughters' education fund. Checks should be made to Ivan Beltz, 3528 Navigator Point, Knoxville, TN 37922, memo: Pollard Girls Education Fund.

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