Donald Ray Pope

March 23, 1948 - May 23, 2023

03/23/1948 - 05/23/2023

Past Services

Thursday May 25, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Rich Square
116 Short Street
Rich Square, NC 27869
Funeral Service
Friday May 26, 2023
2:00 pm
Conway Cemetery
North Church Street
Conway, NC 27820

CONWAY, NC – Donald Ray Pope, age 75, of NCHS Road, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family.

Donald Ray was born on March 23, 1948, one of ten children, to John B. Pope and Louise Taylor Pope in Northampton County, North Carolina. He was a dedicated member of The Army National Guard, and Galatia Baptist Church. He worked in maintenance for Union Camp Paper Mill until he retired. Donald Ray cherished every chance to spend time with family and friends, especially if there was a chance to dine out rather than in. He was an avid Carolina fan and was always on the go following his children and grandchildren playing sports, always up for watching a ballgame and giving the umpires his opinion. Another joy was playing Rook at Faison’s Old Tavern with the rook club. Donald Ray was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He was loved by his family and friends and will be deeply missed.

Along with his parents, Donald Ray was preceded in death by four brothers; Roy, Alton, J.C, and Thomas Pope.

Donald Ray is survived by his loving wife, Sandra of the home, two daughters, Shannon Pope Byers (Tim), and Wendy Pope Bland (Ronnie), both of Seaboard; one grandson, Zachary Byers (Morgan) of Elm City, NC; two granddaughters, Brittany Byers of Seaboard , and Payton Odom of Seaboard; a great-granddaughter, Elena Byers of Elm City; two sisters, Evelyn Pope Bryant (Linwood) of Rich Square, and Annette Pope Ricks (Clifton) of Conway; three brothers, Bailey Pope (Kay) of Seaboard, Jimmy Pope (Fran) of Seaboard, and Chuck Pope (Leneau) of Margarettsville; three sisters-in-law, Margaret, Sarah, and Susan Pope; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 25, 2023, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Rich Square, NC, and other times at the home.

A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Friday, May 26, 2023, at 2:00 pm at the Conway Cemetery, Conway, NC, with Rev. Ricky Barnes officiating.

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Rich Square Health Care and Rehabilitation and Liberty Home Care and Hospice for the love and compassionate care that was shown to Donald Ray.

Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to the Conway Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 158, Conway, NC 27820 or online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Pope family and online condolences can be directed to the family by

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Audrey and Rob Nicholson
10 months ago

Sending thoughts and prayers to all of the family.

10 months ago

Thoughts And Prayers !!

Margaret and Mike Aston
10 months ago

Sending our condolences. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers

Barbara and Freddie Outland
10 months ago

Sandra and family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Jr & nancy Hargrave
10 months ago

Prayers for the family and sorry for your loss, I spoke too him on mother’s day. He knew who I was, and called my name and laughed and held my hand.

10 months ago


Debbie Robbins
10 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. I will keep you all in prayer.