Pope, J. William "Bill", Jr.

Longtime District Attorney At Pikeville

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
J. William "Bill" Pope, Jr.
J. William "Bill" Pope, Jr.

J. William "Bill" Pope, Jr., 76, of Dayton, TN., passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Bill was born February 2, 1938 in Nashville and graduated from Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN., the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham. While in college, he was active in campus politics and was an officer in the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

In 1962 he went to work as an attorney for the Tennessee Valley Authority. In 1965, Bill entered private practice and was elected mayor of his ancestral hometown of Pikeville where he served four years. In 1966, Bill was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives. Also that year, he was named to the board of directors of First National Bank of Pikeville and served in that capacity until elected chairman of the board in 1981.

He ran for the United States House of Representatives in 1968 and was appointed district attorney general of the 18th (now 12th) Judicial Circuit by then governor Buford Ellington in 1970. He served honorably as district attorney general until his retirement in 1992.

He returned to private practice in Chattanooga and represented many clients as a lobbyist before the Tennessee General Assembly.

He was preceded in death by parents Hewell Givan Pope, James William Pope, Sr., and Cecile Downey Pope. Survivors include wife Jacqueline Stewart Pope; children Libby Pope Ellis, Pikeville; Karen Pope (James) Sellin, Chattanooga; James W. Pope III, Pikeville; and Benjamin (Stephanie) Stewart, Nashville; two sisters Virginia Ross Pope (John) Hardaway, Leavenworth, Kansas and Eleanor Frances Pope (Howard) Kats, Mission Viejo, California; grandchildren Brian Nicholas Allen, Rachael Ariel Allen, Cory Tanner Allen, Ashley Ellis, Shelby Ellis, Phil Ellis, James William Pope Stewart, and Layla Gail Sills.

Service will be Thursday at 1 p.m. CDT in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Dennis Smith and District Attorney Mike Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Pikeville Cemetery.

Online condolences can be made at www.reedfamilyfh.com.

Arrangements are by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, Hwy 127 South, Pikeville, TN.

Visitation is Wednesday 3-8 p.m. CDT. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Vanderbilt Gift Processing Office, Vanderbilt University, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt University Place, Nashville, TN. 37240-7727, Attn: Thorasic Cancer Research.


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