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.



Shipley, Luther Lee Jr.

Luther Lee Shipley Jr., 87, of Ooltewah, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther Lee and Hazel Shipley; sisters, Naomi Lee and Mildred Harris, and great-granddaughter Finley Sorrells. A Korean War veteran, he retired from Hamilton County and American Lava/3M Company. Survivors include his loving wife; Ruthie ... (click for more)

Williams, Dorothy Irene

Dorothy Irene Williams, 66, of Athens, formerly of Ringgold, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at her home. A memorial service may be at a later date. Please share your memories of Dorothy with the family at www.chattanoogaeastchapel.com . Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, East Chapel, 404 S. Moore Road, East Ridge, Tn. 37312.  ... (click for more)

Tinker, Ronnie Gaylon (Trenton)

Ronnie Gaylon Tinker, 64, passed away on January 16, 2018. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He attended White Oak Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Willard and Dorothy Reba Tinker; and two brothers, Ledon Tinker and Kenneth Tinker. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, DeAngela Tinker; daughters, Gayla ... (click for more)

Mann, Mary Lou (Cleveland)

Mary Lou Mann of Cleveland, Tennessee, passed away on January 16, 2018. She was 89.  Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Ceton and Ollie Lewis, her husband, James Mann, her brothers, Glenn Lewis, J.B. Lewis, Brownlow Lewis, and a sister, Pauline Lee. She is survived by her sisters Georgia Phillips, Mattie Sather, Betty Freeman, her sister-in-law, Irene Lewis, ... (click for more)

Bitter Cold And Icy Roads To Continue Through Thursday Morning In Chattanooga; Some Flights Cancelled; Hamilton County Schools Closed

Bitter cold temperatures will continue for Chattanooga, the National Weather Service has warned, The NWS also is advising motorists to watch for patchy icy roads. Hamilton County Schools will be closed  on Thursday " due to areas of the county with too much ice still on the roads for buses to pass safely.    “The roads in many areas of the county ... (click for more)

City Council Considering New 2-Year $600,000 Contract With Father To The Fatherless

The City Council is considering whether to approve a new two-year contract of up to $600,000 with Father to the Fatherless for the Violence Reduction Initiative. Council members had a number of questions during a lengthy hearing on Tuesday afternoon, but Police Chief David Roddy said the program has helped bring a 35 percent reduction in gun-related shootings and a 16 percent ... (click for more)