Clarence Leon Pope

March 12, 1925November 10, 2013

Clarence Leon Pope, 88 of Amarillo passed away November 10, 2013. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Arden Road Baptist Church with Dale Bigham officiating. Interment will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery by Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors, 5400 S. Bell. Clarence was born March 12, 1925 in Dutton, Alabama to Dewitt C. and Ollie Viola Pope. He was born and raised in Alabama. Clarence married the love of his life, Maydell Pope on September 28, 1946 in Lovington, New Mexico. They were married for 67 wonderful years. Clarence was a retired school teacher and part-time minister of music. Clarence was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother and grandfather and will be greatly missed. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; his infant son, Nathan Pope; 7 brothers; 3 sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. Clarence is survived by his loving wife, Maydell Pope of Amarillo; son, Norman Pope and wife Judy of Armour, South Dakota; daughter, Nelva Swopes and husband Wayne of Amarillo; brothers, W.L. Pope of Rossville, Georgia and Calvin Pope of Niceville, Florida; grandchildren, Kevin Pope and wife Susan, Kaylee Weldon and husband Col. Tom Weldon, Jared Swopes and wife Megan, Melanie Lyons and husband Brancent, and Kendal Pope and wife Ginny; great-grandchildren, Jessica Pope, Kody Pope, Katie Lyons, Simon Swopes, Jacob Lyons, Brayden Hargrove and Jameson Swopes; also by numerous nieces and nephews. The family suggest memorials be sent to Gideon’s International.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 14, 2013

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Brandi McNutt-Lopez

November 18, 2013

I knew Clarence for a short while. We work at Norhtwest Fabrics and Crafts together. There's not a kinder soul to be found than Clarence. He was a blessing to all.

Thomas and Jamie Allen

November 15, 2013

We will never forget the impact that Bro. Pope had on our life. Just after we got married, the Popes had us over to their home for Sunday dinner (tacos) just to chat! From that moment on, they became more than just another couple at our church. They became friends, We have three special items from Bro. and Mrs. Pope that will always ALWAYS be cherished. The first, a sweet ducky blanket they gave our son when he was born. To this day it is his favorite blanket. The second is a beautiful quilt they gave us for our wedding present. At first we were hesitant to use it because it was so special...but we soon learned that he intended for it to be used and that the more it was used, the more special it would truly become. The final item is a tiny plastic duck. My husband's groom's cake at our wedding was a tornado with a tiny plastic barn and animals swirling within the tornado. He took a duck off the cake and then returned it to us a couple years ago. Clarence the duck still sits on our dresser and will always be a reminder to us of what true selflessness looks like! I pray we can have half of half the influence he did on our life...and that our marriage will be as sweet and fulfilling as his was to Maydell! We love you both and are so thankful that we will all get to spend eternity together!

Sue Williams

November 14, 2013

Uncle Clarence was a loving person. The phone calls were always filled with caring words. I will miss those calls, but I know he is in the arms of God. Aunt Maydell is a love and I always told him to give her a hug for me .Love to all the family

Stacie Chapman

November 13, 2013

Everyone who knew Bro. Pope loved him. He and Mrs. Pope traveled with our youth group one year on a missions trip so they could cook for us - such a great memory that I'll always have of him. Such a loving and selfless man who will be greatly missed.

Carolyn Chandler

November 13, 2013

The Pope's marriage was such a testimony to Michael and I. Their love for the Lord was evident in their spirit-filled interactions with us as a young couple starting out. God Bless your family.

Shane Purdy

November 13, 2013

Your life was truly a selfless one. I will greatly miss your occassional phone calls to me just to see how I was and to tell me you loved me, missed me and appreciated me. You will be grealty missed, but I know you have a better view from where you are. Thank you for being my unconditiinal friend

Mike Froschheiser

November 13, 2013

We will truly miss bro Pope. He was such a blessing to our family. Always a joy to talk to and such a help to our JOY ministry at church.
Our prayers are with his wife and family.

Jennifer Allen

November 13, 2013

Brother Pope was a pillar of Arden Road Baptist Church. He was always so kind and I feel blessed to have known him. I know that he will be missed by many.

Shirley Pope Bowman

November 13, 2013

So sorry to hear about Uncle Clarence. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you.

Terry and Sheenia Little

November 13, 2013

We loved Uncle Clarence and cherish the time we got to spend with him especially our trip to Amarillo a few years ago. Our prayers are with the family, he was so proud of each of you.