Raised in the Sunrise and Enon Communities of Macon County, Terry farmed when he was growing up and as a teenager he ran a milk truck with his father, where he became familiar with all the roads crossing the county, and instantly made friends with practically everyone he met. He joined the Meadorville Missionary Baptist Church at the tender age of 12 and on June 18, 1971 he married the love of his life, the former Judy Dallas. To this loving union they were blessed with two daughters, Stacey Dyer and Brandy Wilmore.
Terry, or T.P. as he was fondly called by his co-workers, was one of the first EMT’s with the Macon County Ambulance Service, as well as a firefighter, dispatcher for the Lafayette Police Department and then later for 911.
“T.P. and I were two of the first to complete the EMT classes here in Lafayette and I joined the fire department in 1974 and he came onboard in 1975,” said Lafayette Fire Chief Keith Scruggs, “and he was actually one of the best dispatchers to ever work here in Macon County. He had more knowledge of this area than anyone I’ve every known, and could talk you to anywhere in the county. That was his claim to fame, he knew every landmark, cemetery, oak tree, even a red barn if it was in the vicinity of where you were headed. He was on the force for over twenty years, and he will certainly be missed by all of us here at the station.”
“I began working with T.P. in 1978 when I joined the EMS,” said Director Randall Kirby, “and he was one of the best. We were partners for over 15 years, and he was certainly a great guy to work with and you never had to worry when he was on duty, because he knew where absolutely everybody lived. He was here for 31 years, retiring in 2005 and he will be sadly missed by all of us at the ambulance service.”
Terry was also the Transportation Supervisor for the Macon County Board of Education and in later years he was a truck driver for the Macon County Highway Department.
“We sure hated giving Daddy up,” said his daughters Stacy and Brandy on Sunday morning, October 25th, “but he was ready to go and he had put his time in. He always made our lives easier, with a smile or a hug and there was a gentle unfailing light within him that took the edge off a hard day and chased away the shadows. Every day, in small but essential ways, he made the world a better place, by lifting spirits and putting others first. Quiet heroes count too, and he was one of them. His love was a well that never ran dry and we will remember the small joys that others might overlook.”
“He may be gone, but he will certainly never by forgotten,” Stacy said. “Dad was a good man and a great friend to those who knew him. He was blessed with a wonderful life and a great sense of humor, and he loved NASCAR races, fishing, and being a Pa to his six grandchildren.”
Funeral services for Terry Polston were held on Sunday, October 25th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Alexander Funeral Home chapel, conducted by Bro. J.B. Shoulders with interment in the Macon County Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Jeff Dallas, Kevin Gregory, Garrett Flatt, Troy Bohanon, Jerry Meador and Barry Polston. Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren.
Terry leaves behind his devoted wife Judy and daughters and son-in-laws, Stacey & Jimmy Dyer and Brandy & Jarhea Wilmore all of Lafayette. His life was also blessed with six grandchildren: Hunter, Lucas, Marah & Mateah Dyer and Drew & Gracey Wilmore. He also leaves behind two brothers, Junior & Ruth Polston, and Gene & Ellen Polston both of Lafayette, and four sisters: Rosemary & Rick Russell of Lafayette, Hilda & Wally Flatt of Defeated, Brenda Polston of Lebanon, and Janice Harper of Atlanta, Ga. Many more in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews as well as friends to mourn his passing.
The last call was paged over the radio system for No. 124 on Sunday afternoon, October 26th and when the airwaves remained silent the dispatcher softly announced, “Terry Polston has served his community well and he is finally home after a wonderful job, may he rest in peace.”