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Forrest Pollock, son killed in plane crash

POSTED Tuesday, May 13, 2008.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP)–Florida pastor Forrest Pollock and a 13-year-old son were killed May 12 when the single-engine plane Pollock was flying crashed in North Carolina.

Pollock, 44, had been pastor of the Tampa-area Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon since 2002.

According to the Citizen-Times in Asheville, N.C., rescue officials confirmed the deaths of Pollock and his son Preston, who were reported missing after their 5 a.m. takeoff from an airport in Rutherfordton, N.C. They had made a stop in North Carolina on Sunday, May 11, and were headed to a preaching engagement in Texas.

Debris from the single-engine Piper PA-32-260 was found Tuesday morning by rescuers in a heavily wooded area in the western part of the state, on a ridge north of Cold Mountain in the Shining Rock Wilderness.

Pollock is survived by his wife Dawn and five other children, Courtney, 15; Brooke, 14; Hope, 12; Blake, 10; and Kirk, 8.

Pollock was to have been a featured speaker at the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 10-11 annual meeting in Indianapolis. He also had been appointed to serve on the convention’s Committee on Committees.

In 2006, Pollock nominated Frank Page to serve as SBC president during the annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C., and he was a member of the Resolutions Committee that year.
Compiled by Baptist Press editor Art Toalston, with reporting by the Florida Baptist Witness, on the Web at www.floridabaptistwitness.com.

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