Eddie C. Pope
November 18, 1933 - May 26, 2022
Eddie C. Pope, age 88, the oldest of 13 siblings, departed from us at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE at 11:15 pm on Thursday, May 26, 2022, from natural causes.
Eddie was born on November 18, 1933 in Gary, IN and attended Gary Roosevelt High School. He retired from Union Tank Car Company in East Chicago, Indiana as a Stenciler for 30 plus years. He served as president of Boilermakers Local 524 Union for 3 consecutive terms.
Eddie was united in wedlock to Gwendolyn Garner-Pope-Smith. He fathered 3 daughters, Rhonda Lynette Pope-Aikens, Marita Annette Pope, and, Soné and Keith Redmon.
Eddie loved sports particularly baseball, football, and basketball. Most of all, he loved Jazz music. He was so young at heart, he even enjoyed the rapper Tupac. He loved the rhythm section of any band, but mainly the drums. He loved the drums so much he would tap out beats on any hard surface. “Yes, that was our dad, The Drummer”.
Eddie was preceded in death by his father, Gentral G. Pope; mother, Lillie Pope Payne Lee; and 4 brothers, Robert Pope, Gilbert Pope, Fred Pope, and Melvin Michael Payne. In addition to his 3 daughters, he is survived by 4 sisters, Ms. Daisy Marlene Bullard, Shirley Payne, Virda Lee, and Mrs. Judy (Larry) Hobbs; 5 brothers, Gentral T. (Clothies) Pope, Sylvester Pope, David Payne, Jr., Herbert Payne, and Robert Lee; sister-in-law, Pamela Pope; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, relatives and friends.
A graveside service for family and friends will be held at 12 pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Fern Oaks Cemetery, 1518 Elm Street, Griffith, IN 46319.
Flowers and cards may be sent to Fern Oaks Cemetery at the address listed above.