GASTONIA - Earl Lee Pope, 81, died May 21, 2013.
He was born in Gaston County, son of the late the Rev. Homer Pope and Lucy Elliott Pope.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Bolick Pope; one son, Bobby Pope; one grandson, Michael Pope; two brothers, Marvin and Harold Pope; and two sisters, Margie Chastain and Jessie Pope.
He was a member of East Belmont Church of God where he served as an elder and a Sunday School teacher and was involved with
the senior group.
He is survived by his children, Kay Thornburg and her husband, Jack, of Belmont, Roger Pope and his wife, Kathy, of Gastonia, Ricky Pope and his wife, Dee, of Gastonia, Sherry Watts and her husband, Jack, of Lowell, Rita Spargo and her husband, Timmy, of Belmont, and Connie Lunsford and her husband, Ronnie, of Kings Mountain; one brother, Ronald Pope, of Belmont; seven sisters, Trula Bryson, of Fayetteville, Jean Camp, of Newton, Rachael McGaha, of Bryson City, Bealuh Bolick, of Hickory, Juanita Hilton, of Stanley, Hazel Blackwelder, of Denver, and Vergie Jenkins, of Forest City; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Pope will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the East Belmont Church of God with the Rev. Dr. Tom Tatum
Burial will be at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery in Mount Holly.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the East Belmont Church of God, 320 Catawba St., Belmont, NC 28012 or to Cleveland County Hospice, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.
Condolence messages may be left at www.woodlawnfuneral.org.
Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly is serving the family.