2011-03-23 / Obituaries

Attorney Ronald Polly dies after short illness

Funeral services for Ronald Glen Polly, 73, of Whitesburg, were held March 19 at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg.

A son of the late Millard and Lillie Webb Polly, he died March 16 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington after a short illness. He was a brother of the late Virgil Polly, Bonnie Smallwood, and Doris Lewis.

Mr. Polly practiced law in Whitesburg for nearly 48 years, starting his practice with Stephen Combs Jr. For the last 34 years he and his nephew, Gene Smallwood, have been in practice in what is now the law firm of Polly and Smallwood. At the time of his death, Mr. Polly was the dean of Letcher County attorneys. He was highly respected among attorneys who had to oppose him in federal and state courts, for both his ability in the courtroom and the sheer determination he exhibited while fighting for the best interests of his clients.

When Mr. Polly wasn’t busy practicing law, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, Mary “Muffet” Morris Polly, whom he met in Lexington.

Survivors in addition to his wife include two sons, Ronald “Mister” Polly Jr. and wife Sandy and Matthew Polly and wife Jennifer, all of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Mary Page Platerink and husband Gerard V.H., Hillsborough, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Miller, Charlotte, Eliza, Livvy, Lodo, James, Sabine, and Vanessa; a brother, Ray Polly of Georgetown; and three sisters, Nancy Bates of Lexington, Jenell Salyers of Louisville, and Sandra Butler of Frankfort.

Letcher Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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