Family-Placed Death Notice
POPE, Charles CHARLES WALTER POPE Celebration of Life Service for Mr. Charles Walter Pope, 76, of Jonesboro will be held Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM; New Life Baptist Church, 3592 Flat Shoals Rd. Decatur, Rev. Marlon Harris Pastor. Entombment to follow at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Charles "Speedy" Pope was born August 7, 1936 to the late Mr. Otis Pope , Sr. and Mrs. Rosa Bell Byrd -Pope. One of 7 children, Charles is best known as co-founder of the Atlanta based group The Tams. Charles and his late brother, Joe Pope, founded the group in 1959. The Tams will continue to honor Charles Pope's legacy, under the leadership of his son, Redd. Charles passed away July 11, 2013 following a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Joe, Otis, and William Pope, Mary Ruth McDonald and Ruby Bell Pope; and granddaughter, Leah Harris. Mr. Pope was a loving husband, father, and Papaw. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 30 years, Mrs. Dianne Cottle-Pope. Also surviving, are their children, Michelle (Elton) Richardson, Albert "Redd" (Emily) Cottle, Tameka "Tiny" (Tip) Cottle- Harris. Charles also leaves children from his first marriage, Bernard (Stacy) Harrison-Pope, Debbie "Lady" (Dexter) Pope -Merritt, and Charles (Yolanda) Pope, Jr. Also surviving are three daughters, Sylvia (Phillip) Billingsley , Sybil and Denise Williams. Surviving grandchildren are Tamara Whitaker; Kelsie, Jaylen and Jordan Richardson; Christopher Tuggle; Mya, MiKayla and MiKai Cottle; Zonnique Pullins; King and Major Harris; Jaeronze Harrison; DJ and Chassity Merritt; Charles Pope II; Keisha Williams; Lateaser, Kim and Candi Pope; several great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his youngest brother, James (Geraldine) Pope; his cousin, Sonny Byrd and someone very special, Ricky Pope. Donations may be made to the family's Alzheimer's foundation, For The Love of Our Father's P.O. Box 741474, Riverdale, GA 30274. Viewing TODAY 12 Noon -8 PM at WATKINS FUNERAL HOME JONESBORO CHAPEL, 163 North Ave. Jonesboro, GA. 678-479-0806.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from July 14 to July 17, 2013
Watkins Funeral Home
163 North Ave. Jonesboro, GA 30236