Gregory Pope, 55, of 211 N. Green St., passed away at 9:35 a.m. November 12, 2012 at his home.
He was born August 6, 1957 in Mobile, AL to Jesse L. Hill Jr. and Jessie Louise Pope. He was lovingly raised by his mother and Earl Pope. On June 29, 1985, Gregory was married to his childhood friend and junior high school sweetheart, Sandra Gail Morehead. Together they had four children.
A 1976 graduate of Scott High School in Toledo, OH, Gregory had been a resident of Ottumwa for the past 22 years. Upon moving to Ottumwa, he attended the Iowa School of Beauty and earned his cosmetology license. He had worked as a cosmetologist, had worked for 8 years with Summer’s Car Credit, and was currently employed with Cargill Meat Solutions.
Gregory was a member of the Second Baptist Church, where he was ordained Deacon on December 9, 2001, served as the Chairman of the Deacon Board and earned recognition as the Preaching Sunday School Teacher.
Surviving is his beloved wife, Sandra; his beloved children, Kinyotta Jamila Pope, Rashiud Gregory (Samantha) Pope, Akiya Mae (Spencer) Wright, and Faith Gregory Pope all of Ottumwa; his cherished grandchildren, Shakur Gregory Pope, Rahsha Rashiud Gregory Pope, Samiah Elizabeth Pope, J’Ceon Nasir Wright; his sisters, Rev. Gwendolyn (Elder Ralph) C. Strickland, Sandra L. Pope, Faye A. Nathaniel all of Toledo, OH, Jacquelyn (Warren) Carmichael of Mobile, AL, Veronica Crayton of Chicago, IL; his brothers, Earl (Jacquelyn) Pope, Kevin F. Pope Sr. both of Ottumwa, Antonio (Tara) Pope of Toledo, OH; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and adopted brothers and sisters in Christ.
He was preceded in death by Earl Pope, Jessie Louise Pope, Jesse L. Hill Jr.; a sister, Janice Clark; maternal and paternal grandparents.
Gregory Pope was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, coach, leader and teacher. His faith and legacy in Christ is nothing short of infectious. Many that have had the honor of being in his presence left with more than what they came with. His life keeps on teaching. Did you catch the lesson?
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at First Pentecostal Assembly of God with Rev. Leslie Buchannan and Rev. Gwendolyn Strickland officiating. Burial will be in the Ottumwa Cemetery.
Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
A memorial service will be held in Toledo, OH in the near future.
A memorial has been established to the family for his son’s education.