Charles Leland Pope died on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 10:15 a.m. at the Claremore Veterans Center.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2013 in the Walker-Brown Chapel with Reverend Jerry Moore officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Nowata. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post #105 Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home.
Leland was born on April 1, 1927 to Charles Earnest "Bud" Pope and Naomi (Stover) Pope near Vinita, Oklahoma.
Leland was the son of a miner and his mother was a housewife. Leland has two brothers and eight sisters. His family moved to Washington County when Leland was seven years old. He was educated in the Bartlesville school system.
Leland has two sons. Charles Wayne Pope, that preceded him in death, and Michael Ray Pope. His sons were reared and educated in Oklahoma. He has two adopted daughters, Janet Morris of California and Pamela Pope of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Leland was blessed with one granddaughter, Amy Cochran of Tulsa, Oklahoma and two great grandchildren, Brody and Quinne Cochran.
Leland joined the United States Army
in 1944 and served overseas in France and Germany. He was honorably discharged in December of 1946.
Leland was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
, Post 989 of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He was active in the Muscular Dystrophy Telethons which he coordinated the very first telethon in Bartlesville, Oklahoma from his home in Dewey. He worked in the United Ways campaigns, a member of the Democrat Central Commission, a member of the City Planning Commission for the City of Bartlesville, President of Bartlesville Trades and Labor Council, and worked in Community Action Program.
Leland was hired as a laborer and worked his way up to a head maintenance mechanic for the National Zinc Company. He worked there for 45 years. Many of his years were as the Local AFL-CIO Union President.
He loved his God; loved his siblings, his wives, his sons, his daughters, his grandchild, his great grandchildren, and his extended family and friends.
Leland, Pee Wee, Lee Lee, Dad, left a smile on our faces on many days. He lived a good, long life and is now at rest. He will be sorely missed.