Ivester Alexander Pope: born September 14, 1923, and died December 18, 2017. He was next to the last of seven children born to the union of William Stuart Pope and Macye Queen Ivester Pope of Sneads, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Mildred Wilson, Katherine Kingry, Annette Nicholson, Mary Carryl Veal, William Stuart Pope, Jr., and one brother who died the day he was born, and his beloved wife of 64 years, Christeen Clifton Pope.
Ivester is survived by his three children, Carryl Annette Pope, Anita Gail Pope, Ivester Alexander "Alex" Pope, Jr. (Adrienne), five grandchildren, Michael Dollar (Rebecca), Claudia Becker (Andrew), Donny Cook (Christy), Christeen "Christi" McCormick (Casey), Sarah Mount (Chris), nine great-grandchildren, Jason Cook, Zachary Cook, Jessica Pettitt, Wade Dollar (Meaghan), Eric Dollar, Darian Dollar, Morgan Dollar, Noah Mount, and Audrey McCormick.
Ivester was educated in the elementary and high schools of Sneads, FL from which he graduated. He also graduated from Florida State University, and Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
He is a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. During both tours he was assigned to medical administrative duties. Most of the time was with the Command Surgeon's Office of the US Army Air Force, Eastern Flying Command, Maxwell Field, AL; 9th Air Force Command, Pope Field, adjacent to Fort Bragg, NC; and Tactical Air Command, Langley Field, in Virginia.
Ivester resigned from the military service to prepare for the ministry in the United Methodist Church, becoming an elder. He served 33 years as an itinerant pastor in the Florida, North Georgia, and North Alabama Conferences, retiring in 1987 from the active ministry.
He has given his body to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to be used in medical education and research. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 13, in the sanctuary of the Springville First United Methodist Church, Springville, AL. Visitation will be at 1:00 o'clock with the service at 2:00. The public is invited to a Service of Worship, Commemoration, and Commendation.
In lieu of flowers, Ivester requested memorial gifts be made to either Springville First United Methodist Church in Springville, AL, or to the Sneads First United Methodist Church in Sneads, FL.
Published on December 27, 2017