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Frank Hope(1917 - 2013)

Frank H. Pope

Frank Pope was born and attended schools in Ft. Myers, FL., where he excelled at many sports, but loved baseball. He was a batboy for the Philadelphia Athletics. He met Jimmy Foxx, Connie Mack, and many of the legendary players of all time. He delivered papers to Thomas Edison and Henry Ford at their summer homes. After high school he joined a minor league farm team in Georgia. In Macon, GA. he saw his first snowfall and injured his arm. That was the end of his baseball career. He married his high school sweetheart, Velma Barwick, and they were inseparable for over 70 years. Their two daughters were born while in Georgia.

When he gave up baseball, Frank was active in all forms of agriculture. He attended The University of Georgia and taught agricultural courses during World War II. He became a county agent in Troup County and then served as a farm manager for Callaway Farms in Lagrange, GA. He helped Cason Callaway develop Callaway Gardens getting the lake sand from Panama City, FL.

The family moved to Tallahassee, FL. in 1955, where he began his 58 years of support of FSU Baseball and Football programs. He was the patriarch of an FSU family that included two daughters, two son-in-laws, two grandsons, a granddaughter-in-law, a great grandson, and a great granddaughter graduates from FSU.

He served nine years in Gainesville, FL. as the director of ASCS (Agriculture Stabilization and Conversation Service). He loved giving the Gators a hard time. From 1997 until he retired in 2007 at 90 years old, he remained active in service and sales organizations in Tallahassee. He retired from Proctor Dealerships a few months after his 90th birthday, but continued to refer family and friends to them to buy a car. For over 50 years he was active in Rotary Club. He continued to enjoy golf, FSU Football, and Baseball games with Velma and spent many hours watching his great grandson pitch and his great granddaughter play volleyball for PK Young High School in Gainesville, FL.

Those of us who were lucky enough to know him and be a part of his circle of family and friends understand that his energy level and need to be active were hard to match.

He loved his family and friends and went out of his way to help others. He loved golf and FSU Football and Baseball. as one of the early members of Seminole Boosters he served as president in 1967 and was proud of his friendship with past coaches and athletes of many FSU sports.

Frank is survived by his daughters, Dotty (Otis) Jones and Kathy Gauldin; grandsons, Mike (Lori) Jones and Tim (Michele) Jones of Gainesville, FL. and Steve Bigler (Los Angeles, CA.); his great grandson, Kyle Jones; and great granddaughters, Kendall, Megan, and Kaylie Jones, all of Gainesville, FL.

Franks family would like to express their appreciation for the loving care and friendships provided by the staff and Harbor Chase for the last five years especially after Velma left us in 2010. Big Bend Hospice Staff, A&W Companions (Debbie Hampton) and Frank's many friends were invaluable comfort in his final days.

Visitaion with Frank's family will be possible from 5-7 pm. on Wednesday the 10th of April, 2013. at the Beggs Apalachee Chapel. Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Beggs Apalachee Chapel on Thursday the 11th of April, 2013 at 10:30 am. A private interment at Roselawn Cemetery on Piedmont Road will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in Frank's name to Proctor Endowment for Children with Diabetes at the TMH Diabetes Center or Big Bens Hospice of Tallahassee, FL. Special Thanks to Ashley Beggs and Rev. Fran Buhler of First Baptist Church.

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Funeral Home

Beggs Funeral Home Apalachee
3322 Apalachee Parkway Tallahassee, FL 32311
(850) 942-2929

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Apr. 6, 2013
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