Hazel J. Pope

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, May 30, 2012

FRANKLIN–Mrs. Hazel Johnson “Mema” Pope, 87 of Boykins, VA died Monday, May 28, 2012 at Southampton Memorial Hospital, Franklin, VA.

Mrs. Pope is known to her children as a loving mother, and her family says “Mema’s memory will never grow old.”

She is preceded in death by her husband, James Pope, her parents Henry B. and Bessie J. Pope Johnson, her brothers C.F. “Pill” Johnson, Clyde Johnson and Jack Nelson and her sister Mittie Barnes.

Surviving are her sons, Carlton Pope and wife Lillie of Windsor, NC, and Dale Pope and wife Donna of Boykins, VA. Also surviving are a sister Margie Burgess of Rich Square, NC, granddaughters Donna White and husband M. J. and Samantha Pope Dowd and husband Josh, her grandson James Matthew (Matt) Pope and Kaitlyn, great grandchildren Kayla White, Jim White Jr., Keaton White, Lauren White, Jennifer Byrum, Niki Byrum, Kloee Pope and Logan Dowd, great great grandchildren, Sophie Byrum and Brayden White, nieces, Beatrice Barnes and husband Ray, Gayle Johnson and husband Ronnie, Katherine Buckner and husband Ed and Gloria Pinto, nephews, Woodie Johnson and wife Sandra, Wallace Turner and wife Betty, Pete Turner and wife Gilda, David Turner and wife Mary and Alton Burgess and wife Nell.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 31, 2012 2:00 PM at Boykins Baptist Church, Boykins, VA with the Rev. Raymond Bunn and the Rev. Charles Alvis officiating. Burial will follow at Beechwood Cemetery in Boykins, VA.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at Massey Funeral Home Jackson, NC from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Boykins Baptist Church or Berean Baptist Church, Boykins, VA.

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