Honored as a member of the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Hall of Fame, Polite retired in 2002 after a 28-year career in the law enforcement profession for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. He served in various positions with the department and served the last 11 years as a lieutenant.
While working in the law enforcement profession, he was a longtime coach in youth leagues in the Winston Salem area. He also served on several civic and professional boards in Winston Salem.
Polite is regarded as one of the top high school athletes to be produced in the Winston-Salem area. He was all-city in Winston-Salem both in 1965 and 1966 as a quarterback and a halfback for Paisley High School. He earned all-State honors in 1966. Poilte was selected to play in the 1966 North Carolina Shrine Bowl as a halfback. In addition, he also was an all-city selection in basketball.
Following high school, Polite attended Fayetteville State University where he was a halfback for the football team (1967-69). He entered the United State Air Force in 1969 and served a four-year stint. He later earned his bachelor of science degree from Winston-Salem State University.
He was inducted into the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Hall of Fame in 1987.
John and his wife, Argress, have two daughters, Jondrea Clyburn and Akia Smith (husband, Robert Smith). Jondrea and her husband, James, are the parents of Polite’s grandsons, James and Justin.