Georgie E. Pope

Published 11:19 pm Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Born on July 19, 1922, in Boykins, Georgie E. Pope was the fourth of 10 children born to John S. and Annie B. Everett. In her early childhood, the family relocated to Suffolk, where she attended Canaan Baptist Church and matriculated through the then Nansemond County Public School system, graduating from East Suffolk High School in 1942.



After high school, Georgie was employed at both the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, and Planters Peanuts, Suffolk. But these were merely “jobs”; her heart’s desire was to open her own beauty salon. To reach her goal, Georgie attended Malone Beauty School in Portsmouth for cosmetology. In preparation to teach beauty culture, she obtained additional education at the Willie Whiddick’s Beauty School, Portsmouth, and Norfolk State University, then the Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University, while working at a local beauty shop owned by her aunt (“Big Thelma”) named Thelma’s Beauty Shop (1944). She soon successfully became the owner/proprietor of Georgie’s House of Beauty, where she happily functioned until the age of 86.

Georgie was very active in many organizations. She was a member of Royal Star Chapter No. 200 Order of the Eastern Star Prince Hall, National Beauty Culturist’s League, Virginia State Beauticians Association (where she joined the Epsilon Chapter of Theta Nu Sigma Sorority and served as Senior Trustee, on the board of directors and chaired the executive board at large), Suffolk Beautician’s Chapter (where she served as president, recording, financial and corresponding secretary), and Portsmouth Beautician Chapter (where she served as chaplain).

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Most important in Georgie’s life was her relationship with her Lord. In the early ‘70s she joined Greater Sweet Beulah Holiness Church under the leadership of Bishop Madison G. Copeland, where she served as the financial secretary on the Trustee Board, president of the Gospel Choir, treasurer of the Missionary, MG Copeland Fellowship, and Gospel Choirs, president/vice president of Missionary and Usher Board. Mother Pope was Assistant Superintendent, Sunday school teacher, a member of Lottie Jordan’s Missionary Circle, Pastor’s Aide, and Deaconess. She also received her credentials to practice as an evangelist.

Georgie took her heavenly flight on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, where she joins her mother and father, her husband, Floyd “Dick” Pope, as well as the following siblings: James (“Jay”), Ethel, Joe, Theodore and Christine. Left to celebrate her life and legacy are: her son, Floyd Lamar Pope, her devoted daughter-in-law, Tiffany L. Norman-Pope, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one godson, Stacy Porter, sisters: Thelma Hicks, Dorothy Cohen (William), and Inez Lassiter, brother, Timothy Everett, her brother and sister-in-law, Clyde Garrison and Mary Frances Everett, her caregivers, Margaret Lee and Laverne Boykins, who provided faithful service, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and great friends.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at Greater Sweet Beulah Holiness Church officiated by Suffragan Bishop Madison G. Copeland. Interment will be in Canaan Church Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at Crocker Funeral Home. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at noon for the procession to the church on Saturday. Condolences may be extended to the family at