Charles POPE
Watkins Funeral Home-McDonough Chapel
96 S. Zack Hinton Parkway
McDonough, GA

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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 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Jul. 14 to Jul. 17, 2013.
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Six years have passed since Charles Speedy Pope left his earthly home to go to his heavenly home. Speedy was a great guy and a super performer and singer. He is missed by his family and friends and I happy to be able to say I was one of his many friends. Keep singing in that heavenly choir Speedy!
Your friend, Mary Stephens
Mary Stephens
July 8, 2019
Charles "Speedy" Pope was a great guy and a friend. There isn't too much time that goes by before I think back to those years in the mid 70's when I first started playing keyboards behind The Tams. My first job was at Folly Beach Pier, South Carolina and I drove all night from New York to make the job. Today I found a copy of a record Charles produced, on an artist named Mildred Anthony back in 1978. The song "How Can I Forget" was mastered at Frankford/Wayne Labs in Philadelphia where all the Phila Internat'l Music was mastered. Charles was a great producer and certainly can be credited for getting his son Redd who took over The Tams after his passing and his daughter Tameka "Tiny" into the music industry. Love always to his family. The Beach Music Industry owe him a lifetime achievement award.
Michael Thomas
May 26, 2019
I miss ed you on the show didn't know you were gone so sorry for your family
May 26, 2019
I miss you even though I didn't get to meet you. I've heard great things about you from my father aka your nephew. The Tams are my all time favorite. I love you Thank you for you lovely music and character such caring and sweet. It was an honor to be there to set you free with god With all due respect Tiffanie Harrison. RIP "Speedy"
Tiffanie Harrison
February 3, 2018
Great music!
Nazarene Mckinney
February 20, 2017
I am truly sorry to hear that Mr.Charles Pope has passed. My deepest condolences. From maybe family member Rasheen Pope. U can find me on Facebook. New York city.
Allen Pope
August 27, 2016
Miss you so much rip mr pope
shalisha edwards
July 14, 2015
Sincere sympathies and love to the family of Mr.Pope. Used to loved
everything by the Atlanta Tams! Will
forever hold on to the good memories. Blessings and God's best to his wife and children & grandchildren.
Frances Brown
March 2, 2014
I was trying to find Andrew and Bernard and came up on Speedys' passing I grew up with them in the old neighborhood. I am so sorry for the family lost. May God continue to bless you all. Rev. Carl Echols. Chicago, IL
January 15, 2014
The Tams music will live forever. Thanks Charles for all the memories. Lil Redd, keep the music coming....
Greg K
December 6, 2013
Diane, I just heard of Speedy's death.I am so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Brenda Norman
November 29, 2013
Keep your head up tiney ??????
alisha sample
October 26, 2013
David. Loughridge
September 19, 2013
May God Bless your family we will keep you lifted.
Carla Patterson Thomas
September 2, 2013
a light has gone out, but the love he had in his heart still shines as bright as it ever has. when you feel the darkness, look for that light ,it's right there with you ,guiding you through.
michelle miller
August 28, 2013
May god be with you and your family....
Danielle Ausbon
August 23, 2013
You have my deepest sympathy. May God be with you and your family.
Kimberly Davis
August 21, 2013
tiny and family, may god strengthen your hearts through this time . may god bless u and your family . love u tiny and family . jacquelyn of triangle,va
August 21, 2013
My sincere condolences. God be with you and your family.
Nancy Samaras
August 20, 2013
My belated but nonetheless heartfelt condolences to the Pope family. He raised a talented and wonderful family.
Daniel Branch
August 20, 2013
May God be with you an your family
Patricia Crain
August 20, 2013
Didnt know he passed. My dearest condolences. May GOD hold your family close
june chatman
August 19, 2013
May God continue to heal your hearts
Delinda Turner
August 19, 2013
Prayers and Condolences go out to you and your family in this time of need. Hold onto God's unchanging hand to guide you through.
Camille (Tramond) Harris
August 19, 2013
Thankful for the legacy of Charles Pope that he gave the world and manifested through his generations. Well done and Rest In Peace.
Nandi Crawford
August 11, 2013
with our deepest sympathy and sorrow
margaret pharr
July 24, 2013
may the God of comfort be with you and yours revelations chapter 21 vs 3&4
July 22, 2013
God Bless this family in their sorrow and comfort them letting their hearts know that he is in your Kingdom
Susan Wood
July 22, 2013
May God bless and keep you during this time. I'm sure he is singing with the angels
Arnold "A.J." Leslie Sr. Drummer
July 22, 2013
Man you guy's we're great. My thoughts are with the family.
Robert Curtis
July 21, 2013
July 20, 2013
My deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. May God comfort and strengthen you at this most difficult time. Isaiah 61:2
July 20, 2013
Mr. Pope- you were the sound track of my teenage years. I remember your groups and songs so fondly. I am glad to see that music is still alive in your family. I hope to hear their voices over the air waves.
I trust God will comfort and bless those who loved you and will come to miss you in their lives, but I do envy you the choir you have gone to join.
Rest in Peace.
Dianne Cleveland
July 20, 2013
My deepest sympathy goes out to the pope family.May the God of comfort help you.And throw all your burdens on God because he cares for you.1Peter 5:6,7 gives comfort in knowing that God cares for us.
July 20, 2013
May the God of all comfort be with you during this grievous time. James 4:8
July 20, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
July 20, 2013
My Condolence to the Family of Mr.Pope.I have
Known you many years being the nephew of "Sonny"
Key.You were always such a wonderful,loving soul.
God has been holding a special place for you.Rest
My brother and thanks to you and God for letting
us share the love, and life and the essence of you.
God Bless and take care of you!
Daryl (Key) Evans
July 20, 2013
Dianne: Charles was always the best dressed man in the Wildwood lobby!
Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy is a "theme song" for Valerie and I, and I sing it at karaoke whenever possible.
Charles is singing and performing tonight!
Bruce and Valerie Ranney
July 19, 2013
Lill Redd and Diane. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and all your family. RIP
Donna & Roger Shugart
July 18, 2013
To the Pope Family: I want to tell Mr Pope "Thank you for the best of the best singing/music back in the day". The Tams "was it". I had every 45 RPM that was recorded and knew every word to each and every song. Again, Thank you. One of your fans.
July 18, 2013
My prayers are with the family I pray that GOD gives you strength in knowing that GOD is too wise to make a mistake. We were created to go through but not to suffer. GOD called another Angel home to rest just know that you will always have a personal angel watching over your family. Be blessed....shalom
Minister Tashia Grimes
July 18, 2013
Sincerest love and sympathy.
Linda & Kerry Walker
July 18, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
G. Freeman
July 18, 2013
Johnny Bee
July 18, 2013
To Tiny, Mrs. Dianne, and Family:
My prayers are with you all during this time! Seeing you all on your show, I feel he knew he was loved and you all did a wonderful job seeing after him!! May God Bless and keep you all in his care!
Novia Love
July 18, 2013
Peace & Blessings to the Pope family at this time of bereavement. Cherish the time you had with Charles knowing his suffering is over as he takes his place in heaven with The Father.
Alton Evans
July 18, 2013
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it's the memories of you that are the most precious.

By Lamaretta Simmons
July 18, 2013
RIP Speedy
vermetrea Watkins
July 18, 2013
To the family of Mister Charles Pope: As an Atlanta native, I grew up proudly listening to the music of the "Tams". Thanks, to Youngblood's Saturday morning radio show on Kiss 104.1 F.M., younger generations can hear the history of this legendary group and enjoy their music. May God continue to bless all of you. Janice L. Cook Atlanta, Georgia.
Janice Cook
July 18, 2013
speedy was my friend along with all the family I will miss him dearly love you all
randy perdue
July 17, 2013
Tiny may your family trust God and be at peace, sorry for y'all lost and please keep your mother close. I always felt the love she has for your dad thur the screen, please Mrs. DIANE and Tiny job well done, from my family to yours.
Monique Jordan-Hicks
July 17, 2013
R.I.P. he was a good man who has a wonderful family.
Victor Rogers
July 17, 2013
So sorry for the loss of Mr. Pope. May his memory never be forgotten. The bible will provide comfort for this loss.
July 17, 2013
Trina Thomas
July 17, 2013
I always loved the Tams. We would dance the night away listening to all the good music. Thanks for the memories and God Bless.
Pat Childress
July 17, 2013
Thank God for a man like Charles Pope, for he brought so many good memories to so many people and good one and they will last , my sorrow goes out to all of his family, his friends and fans all over the world. He now sings in God's Kingdom.
Susan Wood
July 17, 2013
To Linda
May you find peace knowing your love one has found peace!
Deborah McElroy
July 17, 2013
Sorry for your loss may God bless you and your family
Tee Braxton
July 17, 2013
Jared/Stacy & Family, May God provide you enough strength to face these difficult times, although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. May his soul rest in peace.
Ms Britt
July 17, 2013
With deepest sympathy. Rhonda Carter
Rhonda Carter
July 17, 2013
Our blessings go out to you and your family. Carla and Sonya/Springside Condos.
Carla Jackson
July 17, 2013
With our deepest sympathy we will continue to pray for you an your families strength during this difficult time.

Valencia & Swann
July 17, 2013
May you find comfort in the arms of Jesus Christ.
Please continue to pray for my family and keep us uplifted during this difficult time.
July 17, 2013
Rest in Peace, Charles! I have been following you and the bank since the 60's. I first saw you at a Frat Party at Auburn University and have loved you ever since. I went to Morgan's in Sandy Springs, GA(when the Tam's were the house band)almost every night you were there. Even broke my cast on my foot the day it was set for my broken ankle dancing to your music. Your band and your memory will live on forever! "Redd" does a great job!
Rita Paris
July 17, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the Pope family during your time of grief...GOD is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May GOD provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead...(PSALM 62:8).
July 17, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Tony & Cassi Arnold
July 17, 2013
To our loving friends, Diane, Albert(Redd),Tameka(Tiny), and other
family who we regard as family... It is with a sincere heart that we
are praying for you at this most difficult time. WE LOVE YOU!!!!! Your FAMILY..Terrence,Mike,Steve,Will,Chuck,Onion,Latosha,Tyler,Reed,and
Harry....UNISOGHN/COD band
Harry Gatling, Jr
July 17, 2013
2 Timothy 4:7 - I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Charles (Speedy) did exactly this. Dianne, you have been a faithful wife and wonderful caretaker to him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow. Much Love
Mary Stephens
July 16, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mamaw. We are sorry for your loss. Not only are we neighbors, we are family. We love you and may God continue to be with you and your family.
Andrew and LaSonia Sinclair
July 15, 2013
Wayne @ LDD Harrison
July 15, 2013
Dianne and family, it has been many years, but I have fond memories of times we spent together and know how much you loved Speedy and how much he loved you. My heart hurts for all of you, but it rejoices for him..he is free, he is home, and he is singing with the angels. Love and prayers to all of you.
Paula Peterson
July 15, 2013
Dianne you fought a great battle and may God continue to bless you and your family in everything you do.The lord knows best. RIP Charles Pope you will surely be missed by the lives you touch.Sandra Hall/ Empress of the blues
July 15, 2013
Diane,Jerome and I were so saddened to hear about the passing of Speedy. We know you are going through a tough time and we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you and pray that Gods peace be with you during this difficult time. Rest in peace our friend...Till we meet again.
Jerome and Deanna Canty
July 14, 2013
Diane Jerome and I were so saddened to hear about the passing Speedy. We know you are going through a tough time and we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you and pray that Gods peace be with you during this difficult time. Rest in peace our friend...Till we meet again.
Jerome and Deanna Canty
July 14, 2013
Thanks for the music. It has guided me through my life. blue shadows, untie me, higher and higher.RIP
esnatin pope mason
July 14, 2013
Prayers to the family in your time of loss. What a good man God blessed us with through his music and good deeds.
Charles & Kay Wal
July 14, 2013
My condolences goes out to the family !
July 14, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
July 14, 2013
Our deepest sympathy from your friends at Johnny's Dry Cleaners
July 14, 2013
With Heart Felt Sympathy to the entire Pope Family.
Debora Harmon (Conner)
July 14, 2013
RIP, Speedy. Thanks for the music.
Sandra Gordy
July 14, 2013
Charles brought many smiles to many people through the years. He will be missed.
Pat T
July 14, 2013
Redd Cottle performed brilliantly in Pensacola, Saturday night, in spite of the cloud of sorrow hanging over all of us at the Gulf Beach Pavillion. The entire band staged an electrifying performance. Charles, Uncle Joe, Horace, and Versai would have been so proud.
Leon Hirsh
July 14, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the Pope family during your time of grief...GOD is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May GOD provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead...(PSALM 62:8).
July 14, 2013
Charles was a soft spoken guy with a big heart and a talented artist. He lived for the success of his children and in that his spirit lives on in them. I've known Charles since the mid 70's and always appreciated his advice. I'll miss you Charles.
Michael Thomas
July 14, 2013
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