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Obituary for Wendell Pope

Wendell Pope
February 2, 1938- November 8, 2022

Wendell Barnhill Pope, 84, died Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at Richard Campbell Veterans Nursing Home.

Born in Hemingway, SC, and was a son of the late Theron Kermit Pope, and the late Annie Elmira Barnhill Pope.

Wendell served in the Army. He served two tours in Vietnam as a field nurse. He was awarded for his service during the Tet Offensive. He served as a psychiatric nurse in many military hospitals across the country. Wendell was a Master Gardener, family genealogist and avid reader. He was active in his church and community. Wendell taught special education teacher for over 30 years. He was a finalist for SC State Teacher of the Year. He was a civil rights activist, and actively organized and fought for equal education and rights, for people with disabilities and their families.

Wendell is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beulah Webb Pope, his daughter Katherine Pope Turner (Kevin), and his son Kevin Webb Pope. Wendell is also survived by his siblings, Gerald Pope, of Asheville, NC, Phillip Pope, of Georgetown, SC, Clara Ann Casselman, of Spartanburg, SC, and Vergie Howard, of Georgetown, SC. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, Wendell was preceded in death by his brother, Rupert Pope.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Wendell’s caregivers, Krystal Smith, Katrina Childs and his special niece, Patti Casselman.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 3:00 PM, at Trinity Baptist Church 504 S Oak St, Seneca, SC 29678.

The family will speak to guests after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to
The Alzheimer’s Association –, Family Connection of South Carolina –, or ARC of Oconee County –

The Standard Cremation & Funeral Center is serving the Pope family, and a message of condolence may be sent by visiting