Mary Virginia Pope Green
Published 12:15 pm Monday, January 23, 2017
FRANKLIN — Mary Virginia “Sister” Pope Green departed this life on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at the York Convalescence and Rehabilitation Center in Yorktown, Virginia, where she has been for the past few years due to her illness.
She was the only girl of seven children born to James R. and Lucy Cutler Pope. The family moved from Newsoms, Virginia, to Franklin, Virginia, where she graduated from Hayden High School.
She joined First Baptist Church at an early age. She was a faithful member of the church and served on the Usher Board, was a financial trustee and held several other church jobs.
She later married James M. Green Sr., and from this union they had three children. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, James Green Jr., Mary Page Glass and Faye Hundley (Charles); six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brother, Johnnie Pope.
She enjoyed her family and all the gatherings they planned each year in Franklin. All of her brothers and she would bring their families and have large cookouts in their mother’s backyard. It was lots of fun for them and the neighbor friends.
She loved listening to gospel music. She also loved fashion, which started early in life because her mother was a seamstress and made most of her clothes. She was always well-dressed wherever she would go. She loved dancing, decorating her home, gardening and cooking dishes for her family and friends. She made the best bread puddings, apple and blueberry cobblers, potato jacks and beef vegetable soup.
She was a hard worker and had several occupations during her lifetime: nurse’s aide, store manager for Jerry’s Thrift Shop, school library aide at S.P. Morton Elementary School, school bus driver, as well as a cook for the senior citizens at the Martin Luther King Center.
The funeral was on Friday, Jan. 20, at noon, in First Baptist Church, 318 Hall St., Franklin, where the pastor, the Rev. Dwight Riddick Jr., will officiate. Burial was in Southampton Memorial Park.
The arrangements were under the direction of Elvin Vaughan Funeral Home, Franklin.
The family would like to acknowledge the York Convalescence and Rehabilitation Center and the Heartland Hospice Care for all the wonderful professional care, love and kindness given to our mother while at the center.