John William Pope

June 23, 1943 – July 8, 2021

John William “Dub” Pope, passed away on July 8, 2021, at his residence in North Carrollton at the age of 78. He is now in heaven with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

On June 23, 1943, John was born in Vaiden, Mississippi-a community that has always held a special place in his heart. In 1960, he joined the US Army, and served in both Germany and Vietnam.  At the end of his active-duty military career, he remained in the reserves where he served in the Criminal Investigation Division, later retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer III.

John graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1972, before pursuing his dream of becoming a law enforcement officer. The following year he joined the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, serving in Troop D based out of Leflore County for more than 20 years before retiring as the Public Relations Officer.

John was a 49-year member of North Carrollton Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. John graced others with a friendly personality. He never met a stranger, and he loved to talk. He took a genuine interest in people and was a brave and selfless man. John left behind a strong legacy of faith and hope, which will impact many generations to come.

John was a dedicated husband and father. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carolyn Noland Pope of North Carrollton, and his three children – Jessica Meadows (Sean) of Clinton, Mississippi; Allison Carpenter (Casey) of Carrollton, Mississippi; and Chris Pope (Kate) of Pope, Mississippi; 9 grandchildren – Lauren Goss Cox (Austin), Sarah-Grace Galey, Abigail Meadows, Maddox Carpenter, Mary Aston Carpenter, Meredith Carpenter, Elijah Pope, Luke Pope, and Joy Pope; and one greatgrandchild – Easton Cox.  He is also survived by his sister, Jean Woodward of Vaiden, Mississippi, and brother Ed Pope (Linda) of Eskridge, Mississippi. John was preceded in death by his father, Lois Pope; his mother, Louise Pope, his brother, Danny Pope, and his sister, Francis Breland.

Visitation will be held Saturday, July 10, 2021, at North Carrollton Baptist Church from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. On Sunday, July 11, visitation will begin at 2:00 pm, with the funeral service at 3:00pm, immediately followed by graveside services.

18 thoughts on “John William Pope

  1. Rest In Peace ( Pope John) we will forever miss you around Troop D. It was a pleasure to have known you. Our friendship will never be forgotten. ❤️👋

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  2. Carolyn and family:
    We are so sorry to hear about John. He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was one of the good guys. Love in Christ, Dennis and Deborah

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    1. So sorry to hear about Mr. Pope. He was a sweet man, always making jokes and making others laugh. Our prayers are with the family!!
      Tiffany Shaw Garrott and family

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  3. I have known a lot of people in my lifetime and I can honestly say that John Pope was one of the very best.
    Go rest high on your mountain until we can all be together again!!!

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  4. RIP John it was an honor and a privilege to have had an opportunity to serve with you. My condolences to your family and I pray for their continued peace. 🌹🙏🏽🙌🏾🙏🏽

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  5. Patrol school and our years together as troopers would not have been the same without John Pope as one of my best friends. He was such an inspiration to others in all aspects. R. I. P. My Brother.

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  6. I went to school with John at Ole Miss and later worked with him at the training academy in Pearl! He was a great guy and friend!
    Will always remember you my Brother in Blue!

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  7. My honor and pleasure to have known John for many years. A fellow law enforcement officer and army reservist, he set a high standard for us to follow. He will be missed by many. RIP with our LORD AND SAVIOUR.

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  8. My deepest sympathy is extended to all the family. John was incredibly influential in my life. I treasured his humble spirit, his calm demeanor and his servant attitude. He was a true christian model and will be missed by all who knew him.

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  9. So sorry to hear this. May the Lord give you peace and comfort now and in the days to come. Love you.

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  10. You are truly missed my friend of 71yrs so many memories,until we meet again.Carolyn hopefully knowing that John is with our Heavenly Father gives u&ur family peace of mind,I know it does me,no more pain and suffering,GOD Bless

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  11. Just heard of John’s passing today. My heart breaks for his family. The Pope family and the Ellis family were neighbors. He was such a good young man back then and through out his life. My brothers Albert and Wayne were pals with John. He never forgot his home place and the friends he made there. He had BIG shoes to fill. So sorry I did not get to know his family. May our Lord Jesus grant you peace today and the days to come.

    With much love,
    Bitsy Ellis Yelverton

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