Family Remembers Carver High School Coach

By: Leah Uko
luko@wltz.com

COLUMBUS, GA (WLTZ) — They had a lot to say about Carver High School’s baseball coach, David Pollard. He was their son, brother and husband.

Family of Pollard spoke with WLTZ First News anchor, Leah Uko about why hi impact on the community was so big, even though he was an ordinary man from an ordinary family.

"Just living without him actually being here is going to be the hardest thing,” said mother, Sandra Render.

The family sat as one unit, holding hands on a couch Wednesday night. They said now, more than ever, was the time to stay strong and stick together as they were grieving the death of David Pollard.

“He was the rock of the family from my personal opinion,” said brother, Carlos Pollard.

Though Pollard was no longer with them —killed in a stolen car chase police said he had nothing to do with — family said Pollard’s legacy of helping every person he met, would live on.

“A million small acts make a worldly difference,” his sister, Kimberlie Render said.

His wife, Adrienne Pollard, said what she hoped people whose lives Pollard impacted would take away from him was that anyone could contribute to society as he did.

"People need to stop thinking that they need to be somebody important to help or to make a difference,” Mrs. Pollard said.

His father, Terry Render agreed and said people did not need to be millionaires to help people in need. He said Pollard came from humble beginnings and didn’t let that stop him from giving back.

“We started out in the projects. This family.”

Mrs. Render said what made her son so giving and community oriented was his upbringing. She said love, support, laughter and communication molded Pollard into the leader he became.

“We sit down, we talk, we discuss things, we just—talk it through.”

The man police said was the suspect in Pollard’s hit-and-run was still out on the streets Wednesday night.

While this was unsettling for the family, they were not holding onto any anger. Mr. Render said only memories.

"We don’t see it now, but eventually we know that something good and great is going to come out of this.”

A vigil will be held for Pollard Friday night at following the Carver vs. Shaw High School baseball game.

A memorial fund has been set up at all Wellsfargo banks under the name “David Pollard Memorial Donation”. The account name is listed under a Wallace R. Davis.

Pollard’s funeral service is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Cascade Hills Church at 727 54th Street in Columbus.

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