04/28/08 — BRANCH POPE

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July 14, 1948-April 26, 2008

Branch Pope, 59, of 202 Perkins St., died peacefully on Saturday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Branch was born in Wilson County to the late Robert W. Pope and Ruby Branch Pope. He was a retired teacher, athletic director and coach of Rosewood High School. The love Branch had for football was recognized by naming the football field at Rosewood High School in his honor. He was past-president of the North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association. Branch was a member and past exhalted ruler of Goldsboro Elks Lodge 139 B.P.O.E. After his retirement from the Wayne County school system, Branch worked in public relations at O'Berry Center.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Billy Olsen officiating.

Branch is survived by his wife, Sally Donat Pope; his brother, Robert W. Pope and wife, Susie, of Wilson; his nephews, Will Pope of Wilson, Bob Ellis and family of Greensboro; his brother-in-law, Win Donat and wife, LaVonne, of Greenville; and nephews, Pete Donat of Wilmington, Luke Donat and wife, Joy, of Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Branch Pope Scholarship Fund for Rosewood High School, in care of Charlie Satterfield, 105 Hill Court, Goldsboro, N.C. 27530.

The family will receive friends Wednesday following the service at Seymour Funeral Home and other times at his home.


Published in Obituaries on April 28, 2008 1:48 PM