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The Rev. William E. Polk Jr.
The Rev. William E. Polk Jr.

The Rev. William E. Polk Jr., a career Navy officer who became an ordained United Methodist minister, died Sunday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of complications from the flu. He was 89. "Bill was always on the side of inclusion and justice in life to both his church and community," said the Rev. Emora Brannan, who was pastor of Grace United Methodist Church for two decades before retiring in 2011. "He was a wonderful pastor and a good man." The son of William E. Polk Sr., a postmaster, and Juliette House Polk, an educator, William Earl Polk Jr., was born and raised in Corning, Ark., where he graduated from high school. He was a member of the Polk family that...

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