Mr. C.O. (Jack) Polk, age 88, former Judge of the Henry County Probate Court, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Henry Medical Center.

He had experienced declining health for several years, but his condition worsened in recent days. He was a member of McDonough First United Methodist Church for more than 51 years, during which time he served in numbers of principal offices. Mr. Polk was among Henry County's most loved citizens, and the county courthouse annex is the C.O. Polk Building. He was a member of the United States peacetime army at the outbreak of World War II, and saw duty at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. All of his four years of military service were overseas, in Hawaii, Christmas Island, and New Guinea, where he was awarded the Infantry Combat Medal. Judge Polk never lost an election, and only in the first did he have opposition. He retired in 1980, after 16 years as Probate Judge.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 6 at McDonough First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mac Riley and Dr. C.R. Hill officiating. Interment will follow at the McDonough City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Mary Sue McGill of McDonough; sons, Wesley Polk of Columbus and Charles Polk of Jackson; daughter, Jane Brannan of McDonough; sister, Doris Johnson of Covington; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to the McDonough FUMC Bldg. Fund.

Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough is in charge of arrangements. (770) 914-8833.