We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary
Richard was born November 25, 1934 to Willie M. and Carlean Watts Polk, who predeceased him. He
was the first of four children Henry L. and Evely Y. who predeceased him and Jean Polk. He graduated
from Lincoln High School in Camden, Arkansas and immediately joined the U.S. Airforce, and retired
after 23 years of service. He married Jamesine (Jamie) Hill the love of his life, and three children joined
After retiring from the Airforce, he brought his family to San Diego. He worked for Occidental Research,
and over time he worked for Genes of Airco Gases, the name was changed to British Oxygen Company,
BOC where he retired.
After getting bored sitting around, he went to work for La Mesa RV.
Richard growing up joined Zion Hill Baptist Church, under the pastorage of Rev. Samuel Morris. Richard
joined Bayview Baptist Church under the pastorage of Rev. Timothy J. Winters in 1977. He was a trustee,
he worked in the parking lot, culinary and men’s ministry. Richard was a devoted and faithful member
until his failing health.
Richard loved to cook on the grill, his chicken and ribs were mouthwatering. He was an amateur handy
man, if duct tape couldn’t fix it, it couldn’t be fixed.
Richard loved his church, camping, motor cycle riding, fishing, gardening, hunting and playing dominos.
Richard is survived by his wife of sixty-five years Jamesine (Jamie), three children. Deborah L. David L.
(Loredo), Tra’Seay L. (Marie Sowell) of Temecula, California; two grandchildren, Accasia T. Whitehead
(Rickey) of Edwards, California, Tra’Seay Isaiah Polk of San Diego, three great-granddaughters Maliyah,
Makenna, and Malani, sister Jean of San Mateo, California, nieces, nephews, extended family and
Richard was the move loving, caring, generous, and sweetest man I/we will ever know!