In Memory


Rob Pope



Robert C. Pope

Robert Christopher Pope, 40, of Mini Acres Lane, Hickory, died Monday July 30, 2007, following several months of declining health.He was born in Burke County on April 24, 1967 and was a son of Johnny A. Pope and Kay Woodie Pope, with whom Robert had recently made his home.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife Phyllis C. Pope; a daughter, Kerstin VanHuss of Granite Falls; a sister, Carol Richey of Morganton; a grandfather, Aubrey Duncan of Morganton; a nephew, E.J. Starnes; and a niece, Sydney Richey. Mr. Pope was preceeded in death by his grandparents, Virginia Woodie Duncan and Guy and Viola Pope.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Thursday, August 2, 2007 at Royal Chapel Church of God with the Rev. Dennis Pitts officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at Sossoman Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be at the home of his parents, Johnny and Kay Pope, 1155 Mini Acres Lane, Hickory.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4-A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC. 27407.

Online condolences may be made at

Published in The Hickory Daily Record Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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03/03/10 06:32 PM #1    

Jerry Young

As many of you may know, Rob and I were best friends since we were eight years old and our friendship lasted many years until his passing. I could always count on him to be there for me at any time to lend a hand, to give me a place to crash for the night or to just listen and empathize. He was intelligent, hard-working and a downright good guy at heart. My fondest memory will always be our Myrtle Beach graduation trip where he and I truly survived on Budweiser and twinkies for 9 days and slept each night sitting upright in his Mazda SE5. We both had less than $100 to our names to last us after we stashed back return trip gas money. We had some booze, some beer, some big buds and each other. Special thanks to all of our friends (you know who you are) who let us shower and shave every morning and at night and for a slice of pizza or two thrown in along the way. I miss Rob more than I can ever express in words. What I wouldn't give for one more round of golf, one more set of crunches at the gym, one more beer at the local watering hole, one more trip up the mountain or to the beach or to just hear him laugh again. He was a special person and will never be forgotten!

03/05/10 02:59 PM #2    

Donna Huffman (Ferber)


I remember when you and Robbie would sneak off HJHS, go to the store and buy a bunch of junk and sell to all of us between the auditorium and the school in the walkway. Do you remember? I think "Watchamacallits (sp) were the big item along with the gum. We had great times in bad as well. I do not know if I enjoyed Jr High more or EB more. So many great memories.

04/17/10 01:34 PM #3    

Lisa Lynne Mackey (Frazier)

I always remember Robbie with a book in his hand in school.  Such a book worm.  I remember the party him and his sister threw when his parents went out of town.  Robbie was a fun guy.  So cool.

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