Kirksey Funeral Home

69 North Main Street, Marion, NC


Joyce Viola Pope

July 9, 1939March 23, 2020

Joyce Viola Pope, 80, of Lenoir, NC, formerly of Marion, NC went to be with the Lord Monday, March 23, 2020 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Ms. Pope was born July 9, 1939 in McDowell County, NC to the late Clarence Ward and Hessie Morgan Ward. She worked at Baxter Healthcare for over 35 years until her retirement. She always looked forward to springtime when she could work in her yard with her flowers. She loved listening to Conway Twitty and was a supporter of the March of Dimes. She fostered several children over the years. Ms. Pope enjoyed spending time with her siblings, as well as her two best friends, who took such good care of her. Above all else she loved her grandson, whom she raised, and her two great-grandsons. They were her pride and joy and her number one priority.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Wade Pope; one child, Richard Pope; and three sisters, Bernice, Irene and Beatrice.

Those left behind to cherish Ms. Pope’s memory are her grandson, Johnathan Styles (Julie); two great-grandsons, Wyatt and Noah Styles; one brother, Alvin Ward (Jean); and her two closest friends, Judy and Jo.

A private burial will be held at Murphy’s Chapel Cemetery. A memorial service to celebrate Ms. Pope’s life will be announced at a later date.

Kirksey Funeral Home of Marion is honored to be serving the family.


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Joyce Viola Pope

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