Ellis Thornton Pope
September 12, 1917 – June 17, 2020
Ellis Thornton Pope, a long-time resident of the Jacksonville Beaches went home to be with the Lord on June 17, 2020. His love for the Lord, his family and his church was evident in his every day life. Ellis was born September 12,1917, in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Ralph Willis Pope and Allie Killian Pope. He graduated from Central High School in Chattanooga. He attended the University of Chattanooga, now University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he was President of the Student Body, Member of Blue Key and Editor of the University ECHO. Ellis worked for the County Agent's office in Hamilton County. He worked for the Hamilton National Bank for a period of time. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a Chief Disbursing Store Keeper (CDSK). In 1946 he began his work with the Internal Revenue Service, first in the Collections Department, then in the Criminal Investigation Division as a Special Agent. He received the Albert Gallatin Award which is the Treasury's highest career service award. He was a member of First Baptist Church Jacksonville Beach for approximately 75 years and served as Sunday School teacher, and was Sunday School Director for 29 years. He served for many years as a Deacon at the church. He served on the State Board of Missions for the Florida Baptist Convention; he served as Treasurer for the Jacksonville Baptist Association for eleven years. He was a member of the Exchange Club of the Beach since 1983, and was a former President of the Club. He served on the Duval County Council on Elder Affairs, and he served many years on the Executive Board of Pablo Towers. Ellis was predeceased by his wife of 72 years, Mary Elizabeth Pope, and his daughter Anna Ruth Cianci. He is survived by three daughters and their husbands, and one son-in-law: Phoebe Bryan (Larry), Susan Ford (Mike), and Rebecca Caughman (Roddey), and Ray Cianci. He was Granddaddy to ten grandchildren and their spouses who loved him - Larry Jr (Cassandra) Bryan, Chris (Sarah) Bryan, Andrew (Stephanie) Bryan, David (Kara Van Malssen) Cianci, Mark (Lindsey) Cianci, Christopher (Kelly) Ford, Timothy (Clare) Ford, Lindsay (Sean) Ennis, Rion Caughman and Ellis Caughman .... And ten great grandchildren (Makayla, Logan, Aiden, Allie, Alex, Lucas, Jacob, Isaac, Sam and Otis.) ... and many nieces and nephews. The family thanks you for your prayers, and your many expressions of sympathy. The celebration of life service will be held 11:00 am, Monday June 22nd in the First Baptist Church Jacksonville Beach. Rev. Greg Varndell will officiate. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Mr. Pope’s name can be made to the Beaches Community Kitchen or K9s for Warriors. Arrangements are under the direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL.
Celebration of Life
Monday, June 22, 2020
Ellis Thornton Pope
June 20, 2020
My favorite Saturday morning prayer partner, Sunday school superintendent, and fellow deacon. A great Christian friend with biblical insight - and an example of Christian living to all. I’ve missed his camaraderie but know I’ll see him again.
Charlotte M Pike
June 20, 2020
When Ellis told stories of his past and when he would refer to the Bible and quote scripture. He was a wonderful and truly knowledgeable person and a Mentor to many in our church. I will miss seeing him on Sunday Morning greeting everyone when they came to church. Yes, even at 102 years of age he was still there EVERY Sunday morning. He will be missed by all. Ellis, we know where you are and know you were welcomed in our Heavenly Home by our Father and Savior. Rest in Peace, With Love, Your Sister-In-Christ. Charlotte