OBITUARY

William Lewis Pope

September 13, 1938January 8, 2019
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William (Bill) Pope, 80, passed away at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center on January 8, 2019. Bill was preceded in death by his parents William and Pauline Pope, his wife Barbara Ann Pope, and his brother Glenn Pope. Bill was an avid Carolina Tarheel, Atlanta Brave, and Washington Redskins fan. He was a longtime loyal Order of Moose member, having served in many different offices. Bill is survived by two daughters, Angela Hilliard (Derek) and Patricia Bice, five grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and his longtime companion and best friend Joan Allen. Bill is also survived by his sister, Helen Sykes, three step-children, Kenny Jacobson, Jackie Sparks, and Michelle Jackson, ten step-grandchildren, and ten step-great-grandchildren. Services entrusted to Reeves Funeral Home. The visitation will be Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Mt. Gilead Church, Fayetteville, NC from 12-2 p.m.. The service will follow at 2 p.m. at Mt. Gilead Church, with the burial held afterwards in the Mt. Gilead Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Loyal Order of Moose, West Mountain Drive, Fayetteville, NC.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Burial Church Cemetery Saturday, January 12, 2019
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Biography

      William Lewis Pope was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

       His parents were William and Pauline Pope. William was raised in Sampson County and Fayetteville, NC. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Pope household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, William was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. William was raised with 2 siblings. He had one sister, Helen, and one brother, Glenn. William and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but William was always consistently loyal to his family.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of William as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Seventy First High School in 1955. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. William was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. William always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, William was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, William was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for William to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. Later in life, he became friends with Tommy Pate, Wally Berry, Tommy Woodell, Bobby Norris, Jack Holden, and Ray Miller.

       Compassionate and devoted to Barbara, William held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Barbara and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      William brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. William was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. William was blessed with 2 daughters, Angie and Patti. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Shauna, Ashley, Kylie, Jessica, and Kristen, and 13 great-grandchildren.

      William greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. William enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, William was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was as Governor/Administrator at Moose Lodge, and he was also with Master Exterminators and Sykes Construction. William worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      William was a Navy veteran of 4 years. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, William seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

      William found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. Recreational sports included softball for Moose Lodge. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were NC Tarheels basketball, the Washington Redskins, and the Atlanta Braves.

      Many organizations were grateful to have William as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, William was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. Throughout his later years, William was an active member of the Loyal Order of Moose, joined on May 4, 1975.

      William Lewis Pope passed away on January 8, 2019 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC. He died of natural causes. He is survived by 2 daughters, Angie and Patti. Services were held at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, Fayetteville, NC. William was laid to rest in Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery in Fayetteville, NC.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of William Lewis Pope. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.