Shirley Ann Pope, fondly called “Chess”, was born in Shelby Alabama, to Mr. Earl and Mrs. Elzetta Pope on June 23, 1944.
She was the eighth child of eight children.
She attended and graduated from Shelby County Training School in Hillsdale, Alabama.
She was a member of Providence Baptist Church in Shelby, where the youth called her “Miss Sunday School Teacher”.
Several years after graduating high school, she moved to Jersey City, New Jersey and became employed by the New York Telephone Company in New York City, New York (Now known as Verizon), where she worked for twenty-seven years. While living in New Jersey, she united with Salem Baptist Church where she taught VBS each year and was a member of three different choirs.
After her retirement in 1994, she decided to move back home to Alabama. She moved to Hoover, Alabama in 1996. She united with New St. James Baptist Church in 1998 under the leadership of Rev. L. Byron Woodruff. She was a member of L.C. Fisher Choir, Benevolence Society, and the LIVING LOVE Sunday School Class.
When she became ill, she resided at the Shelby Ridge Rehab and Nursing Home in Alabaster, AL. It gave her great joy for Pastor Warren and deacons to visit her, and they were known as “The Temptations”, as an inside joke among the residents there. She would always call Pastor Warren frequently just to check up on him, because she loved him so much.
[“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints". Psalm 116:15.]
She leaves to cherish her memory: two sisters, Margaret Pope of Calera, AL and Johnnie (Adolphus) Walker of Atlanta, GA; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Viewing will be held Friday, April 1, 2022 from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. at The Good Shepherd.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at New St. James Baptist Church 600 4th Ave. North Birmingham, AL Interment at Providence Community Cemetery in Shelby, AL.
Rev. Daryl Warren - Officiating