Howard was born the tenth and youngest child of Tichmon and Ozzie (Jenkins) Pope, on December 18, 1939, in Pittsburg Pennsylvania. At the tender age of 18 months his mother passed away and he went to live with the Triplett family of Library, Pa.; close friends of his parents and respected people of the community. His primary care givers were Sarah and Naomi Triplett. Although the Triplett family treated Howard like family, he returned to his father’s home to live with his father, brothers, and Step Mother, Mary.
Howard attended Livingston, Lincoln, Arsenal, and Watt Street Elementary schools; Herron Hill Jr. High, and although he did not graduate from Schenley High School; he did complete the tenth grade. Howard was motivated from a young age, and at age 17 he left home to pursue a career as a Longshoreman. When that proved not to be his calling he joined the United States Army where he served as a cook and an officer for the Military Police. On December 31, 1982, after spending 10 months in Korea, Howard retired from the Army; serving 20 years, 9 months, and 2 days.
In 1964, Howard met and married Zelda (Dixon) and joined her family of 3 children; Olivia, Ernest, and Alisa. In their union Howard and Zelda begat five more children, Howard Cornelius (Pope) King, Theodore Henry, Chantay Renee, Calvin Thomas, and Marjorie Ann.
1973, after returning to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Howard married Linda Joyce (Williamson Thomas) uniting them and Linda’s son, Robert. From that union they had a daughter named NaomiKay.
In 1983, Howard returned to Pittsburg, and was employed by L & K Restaurant as a cook; later moving to Ohio to work with The Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy as a cook, then as a truck driver; After 17 years he retired.
Since 1986 Howard was an active member of the Retired Armed Forces Association (RAFA). He has served in the following RAFA Offices; Branch President, State President, National President, and 2nd Vice National President.
Howard was the proud father of ten children, 22 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. He loved his family and friends and never missed an opportunity to travel to a birth, wedding, graduation, birthday party, or funeral. Howard most liked and made sure he attended all family reunions, as he knew that family was the most important aspect of life.
Howard transcended this life on Saturday April 15, 2017 after a long battle with many illnesses. He was preceded in death by his mother Ozzie (Jenkins) Pope of Talladega, Ala.; His father, Tichmon C. Pope of Talladega, Ala.; His brothers; Earl (Lela), Tichmon, Jr. (Marjorie), William (Edith), and Nathaniel (Alma), Felton Taylor; all of Pittsburg, Pa; Henry Lewis (Rosie) Pope of Columbus, Ohio; two sisters Elizabeth (James) Bullock, and Sarah (Hiram) Lewis, both of Pittsburg, Pa. His son, Robert S. Williamson, and daughter Olivia Dennis.
He leaves to cherish his memories, five brothers; Sylvester (Louise) Pope of Columbus, Ohio; Clarence (Norma) Pope of Greensboro, N.C, Calvin, Henry and Carl Taylor of Pittsburgh, Pa; one sister ; Yvonne Taylor; three sons; Howard King and Calvin Pope of Columbus, Ohio; Theodore H. Pope of Swansboro, S.C.; and three daughters; Alisa Green of California; Chantay Pope and Marjorie (John) Walker, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and NaomiKay Pope- Hopkins of Columbus, Ohio. 22 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, a host of beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins; many friends and colleagues.
Columbus Visitation 6:00 P.M. Funeral Service 7:00 P.M. Friday, April 21, 2017 at the MARLAN GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE, 5456 E. Livingston Avenue (1 block east of Noe-Bixby turn north on Lonsdale Avenue).
Pittsburgh Visitation 12:00 P.M. Funeral Service 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Coston Funeral Home, 3313 Brighton Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Interment Allegheny Cemetery.