|Death: ||Aug. 24, 1894|
Jack's parents were Thomas Marlborough Polk and Willie Rodgers. The Polks were cousins of President James Knox Polk.
Jackson Daily Whig
August 26 1894
Jack Polk Dead
A Bright Young Life Chilled by the Early Frosts
At 2 o'clock yesterday Mr. Jno. J. Polk, familiarly known as "Jack," died at the residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Polk, on Highland avenue, in this city, after an illness of nearly three weeks with typhomaria. The devoted family and friends of the young man hoped against hope that the life so full of promise might be spared, but the grim reaper came and took away the stalwart form just budding into such promising manhood.
Though scarcely twenty years of age, the deceased had made an enviable reputation for integrity and business ability, and to know him was to admire him for those traits of character that make true manhood the noblest work of God. At all times kind, and considerate of the rights of others, Jack Polk was a born gentleman.
In business he had already attained prominence, being the junior member in the well-known hardware firm of Price & Polk of this city.
His death will be universally deplored in this city and wherever he was known and many a sincere tear will mingle with those of the bereaved family.
The funeral will take place at the First Methodist Church at 4 o'clock this afternoon. Revs. J.H. Evans, H.W. Key and H.B. Johnston will be officiating. Carriages will leave the residence, Highland avenue at 3:30. Interment at Hollywood.
The Jackson Blade
August 27, 1894
A Splendid Young Man
Jack Polk dies on the edge of a rich future. A wealth of flowers a tribute of friends.
We ask not why Jack Polk was called to lay down the staff of life when he was so capable., by reason of his vigorous faculties, of continuing the journey. But we shed a tear of sorrow when we behold a young man stricken down at the very threshold of a future that stretched out before him like a landscape rich with natures kindest gifts.
John J. Polk or Jack as he was familiarly known was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Polk, and was their pride, their joy, their hope. He never had a sorrow that they did not sigh with him, or a joy that they did not smile with him. His life was rich with the love of his father, mother and sisters. Their affections protected him, as far as possible, from every brush of life's changing fortunes. But he is dead!
His memory lives in the noble deeds that marked his progress in life. Jack Polk was kind, generous, faithful and charitable. He died with a smile on his lips, and we know he rests well. The funeral cortege was a sincere tribute to his life. A wealth of flowers were laid upon his grave. Sweet flowers whose fragrance is tender with hope and whose bright faces carry light into the hearts shrouded in sadness. With their delicate fingers they lift the veil that hides the weeping eyes of mother and sister and wipe away the tears of grief. Their fragant kisses the paled cheek of sorrow and leave the blushing kiss of love. We say that the flowers laid upon Jack Polk's grave were enough to make one wish to lie in so sweet a place.
Funeral services were held at the First Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. Howard W. Key and Rev. H.B. Johnson officiating. Mr. Johnson's remarks were touching and full of that sweet hope that links the living with the dead. The pallbearers were Ed Mercer, Will Ingram, Harry McNeil, Joe Key, Dick Lindsey, J.D. Sewell, and Mssrs. J.H. Price, J.M. Clayton, T.M. Gates, and Dr. J.A. Arrington. The young men who followed the remains to Riverside were personal friends of the deceased, who had felt the throb of his warm personality and the touch of his manly hand. Jack Polk is at rest.
Thomas Polk (1852 - 1928)
Willie Rogers Polk (1855 - 1907)
John Jackson Polk (1874 - 1894)
Wilma Polk Monypeny (1893 - 1981)**
Note: The first article indicated that Jack was buried at Hollywood however the second article says Riverside. I was able to confirm that he is in Riverside.
Plot: Lot 327
Created by: Mary & Kent
Record added: Oct 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98484740