Mr. Polhamus served as a longtime sacristan at the church he and his family attended, St. Thomas the Apostle in Lenoir City. Father Ray Powell was the celebrant of the funeral Mass for Mr. Polhamus on Sept. 7 at St. Thomas the Apostle.
Mr. Polhamus, who graduated from Loyola University in California, was a devoted and loving husband for more than 63 years. He faithfully served his church for more than 24 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, James M. Polhamus II and Geraldine Polhamus; brother Robert Polhamus; and grandson John Conroy.
Survivors include his wife, Faye E. Polhamus; daughters Mary Conroy (Dennis) of Buffalo, N.Y., Jean Kihn (Jeff) of Baltimore, Md.; sons James Miles Polhamus IV (Mary Louise) of Gainesville, Va., John Polhamus (Michelle) of Vero Beach, Fla.; sister Roberta Polhamus; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Foodforthepoor.org, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, or the University of Tennessee Medical Center hospice program.