SSUNAA Life Member Marshall Pollard passes in Jacksonville, Fla.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Marshall Pollard, a long standing member of SSUNAA Jacksonville Chapter and a life member of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association, died on May 24 in Jacksonville, Fla.

A native of Columbus, Ga., Pollard attended Savannah State on an athletic scholarship and played football and golf. He graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Pollard made history at Savannah State by becoming one of the first four officers to receive a commission through the Savannah State NROTC Unit and retired as Navy Commander in 1995.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 31 at New Hope Baptist Church in Manchester, Ga. in his honor.

Tiger sympathies were extended to his wife Helen (Anderson) Pollard and the Pollard family.

SSUNAA Mourns the Loss of Diamond Life Member and SSU Hall of Fame Member Phyllis Oliver Mattox

Phyliss MattoxJACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Savannah State University National Alumni National Alumni Association recently extended official condolences to the family of Phyllis Oliver Mattox who was a member of the SSUNAA Jacksonville Chapter and a Diamond Life Member of the SSUNAA.

Mattox earned her bachelor’s degree in History (1998) and her Masters in Public Administration (2002) from Savannah State College. The Warner Robins, Ga. native lived with her family in Jacksonville, Fla. and was employed by the Duval County Board of Education as a District Reading Specialist.

Mattox, a star tennis player on the Savannah State women’s tennis team from 1994-98, was inducted in the SSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. She was a four-time All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) player and a member of the 1996 and 1997 teams that won SIAC championships. She was undefeated during the 1997 season and was named the SIAC Player of the Year that same year.

A memorial service will be held on Friday April 4 at 12 noon at the Truth For Living Ministries, 159 Clark Rd., Jacksonville.