LeRoy Polk died on May 28th, 2010 at Bryant, Arkansas at the age of 97 years 8 months and 16 days. He was born on September 12, 1912 at Vimy Ridge in Saline County, Arkansas to Henry Earl Polk and Sarah Ann Cottrell Polk. In 1935 LeRoy became one of the first students at the Missionary Baptist Seminary in Little Rock under the teaching of Eld. Ben M. Bogard.
On September 3, 1939, LeRoy Polk married Rose Marie Kling at Vimy RidgeMissionary Baptist Church, Saline County, Arkansas. It was the first Sunday in September, Eld. J. L. Tucker was the officiating pastor. After the invitation hymn at the close of the service, Bro. Tucker announced that there was some unfinished business. LeRoy and Rose came forward to get married. So began 65 years of faithful service as pastor and wife, beloved example for believers. Sis. Rose died in 2004.
Bro. and Sis. Polk ministered among the churches in the fellowship of the American Baptist Association. Their service included the Missionary Baptist churches of Liberty, New Haven, Olive Hill, Pilgrim Rest, Collegeville, all of the Little Rock area; Vimy Ridge Missionary Baptist Church of Alexander, Araknsas, Wall Chapel in Lee County, Arkansas, Philadelphia in Monroe County, Arkansas, West Crossett and South Crossett in Crossett, Arkansas; Unity in Camden, Arkansas; Poyen in Poyen, Arkansas; Sulphur Springs at Hot Springs, Arkansas; twice at Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church near Lonsdale, Arkansas; Landmark Missionary Baptist Church of Simpsonville, South Carolina; and Tyndale Park Missionary Baptist Church of Benton, Arkansas.
Bro. LeRoy Polk is survived by a son, Roy Lee Polk and wife Dori of Mabelvale; a daughter, Emily Rose Polk Warford and husband, Darrell of Benton; twelve grandchildren, Angela Witherspoon, Karen Polk, Eric Warford and wife Leslie, Rachel West and husband Mike, Aaron Polk and wife Jessica, Shelli Robertson and husband Joshua, Keeli Warford, Brock Warford, Ashli Warford, Elizabeth Rose Polk, Darren Warford and Phillip Polk; seven great-grandchildren, Jennifer Witherspoon, Ben Witherspoon, Alex Witherspoon, Madison Lea Polk, Michael Aaron Polk, Tilly Warford and Micah Robertson, one sister, Ruby Carlton of Georgia, as well as a host of friends and family, especially with the Missionary Baptist churches.
Funeral will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 30, 2010 at Vimy Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, 14823 Vimy Ridge Rd., Alexander, Arkansas. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will follow this service at OliveHill Cemetery, Chicot Rd., Little Rock, Arkansas. The family will receive friends at Vimy Ridge Missionary Baptist Church one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Missionary Baptist Seminary and Institute, Little Rock, Arkansas. Arrangements are by Moores Jacksonville Funeral Home (501)982-2136.