Tommy Ray Polk, a founder of the design firm Polk Shannon Stanley (now Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects), has passed away.
Polk was born Feb. 24, 1940 in Hope, and he died April 28 at his home.
A memorial service will be held on May 14, at 11 a.m., in the Pulaksi Heights United Methodist Church sanctuary. Arrangements will be made by Ruebel Funeral Home.
He attended the University of Arkansas from 1958-1963 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. After graduating, he went to New York City to work for the Edward Durell Stone firm. In the mid-1960s, he moved to Memphis to join Mann and Harrover.
By the 1970s, Polk had moved to Little Rock, where he founded Polk Shannon Stanley with Jeff Shannon and Joe Stanley.
Polk was a founding member of the Dean’s Circle in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. He also served on the Advisory Board and the Campaign for the Twenty-First Century.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughters, Natalie Polk Hoffmann (Jim) of Richmond Hts., Mo., Elizabeth Polk Barzizza (Paul) of Wyoming, OH, and Madeleine Rae Polk of Little Rock, Ark.; Sarah Jane (Melton) Polk, mother of Natalie and Elizabeth, of Fayetteville, Ark.; his grandchildren, Jackson and Remy of Richmond Hts., Mo., and Frank, Avery and George of Wyoming, Ohio; and his niece, Kennetha McClelland (Michael). Tommy was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Polk Hogue (Jim) and his nephew, Ronnie Cornelius.