James Pope – Carbondale November 11, 2020

James Philip Pope,75, passed away peacefully Wednesday November 11, 2020 in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

Jim was born November 10, 1945 in Lawrenceville, Illinois the son of the late Chester and Crystal (Malosh) Pope.

He married Sharon Sinclair November 11, 1967. They have shared over 53 years of marriage.

Jim served in education for 33 years. He began as a science teacher at LJHS in 1968. After three years he moved into the position of librarian. He went on to become the instructional materials director and consultant for grades 4 & 5. After 22 years at LJHS he moved to CCHS where he added the roles of media specialist and database administer. He continued his education, earned his MS, and completed the coursework for a PhD during his career. He was a mentor to many students and touched the lives of countless others throughout his life.

Jim is survived by his wife; Sharon Pope; children; Shawna (Ethen) Pope-Jefferson; James Chester; grandson Jame Aden Pope – Jefferson; sister Beverly Semtner; brother; Gary Pope; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends.

He is preceded in by; parents Chester and Crystal Pope; sister; Garnett Hollifield.

Arrangements are entrusted at Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Southern Illinois


  1. Douglas Bedient says

    Very sorry to learn of Jim’s death. I enjoyed my work with him when I was at Learning Resources Service at SIUC and later as I served as the College of Education”s Center Coordinator at both Lincoln Junior High and CCHS. I especially regret that the Covid 19 virus precluded joining him, Butch and John for their luncheon. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Douglas Bedient

  2. Cliff & Jean Hilliard says

    We were very sorry to hear the news of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go to Sherry and the Family. Jim and I taught together for many years at Lincoln Junior High and remained friends after retirement. I especially regret how this virus is preventing us from paying the proper respect to our family and friends upon their deaths as we have always done.

  3. Virginia Appuhn says

    My sympathies to the family. “Mr. Pope” was instrumental in bringing the World Wide Web to CCHS. He set up the first network and trained students, faculty, and community members on the use of the new technology. His presence can still be felt at the “new” CCHS library with his careful planning and selection of wood furnishings used there. He will be remembered.

  4. Michael Bik says

    Dear Shawna & Aden—So very sorry to learn of the death of your Dad. He has been remembered in my prayers here at the Abbey. I remember meeting him only once, at Aden’s First Birthday party when I was down in Carbondale visiting Tom & Laurel. He seemed like a very kind and gentle person. Now a part of him will always live in you and Aden. You will be in my special; prayers esp as we go into the holiday season. Blessing s (Fr) Michael Bik (Tom’s brother) Collegeville, MN

  5. Gayle & Gary says

    Sherri & family, I’m thinking of all of you and remembering with love one of the nicest and most kind of men. I will always remember his sweet smile..

  6. Julie Bohnsack says

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was such a positive influence in the CCHS library, for both the teachers and the students. In addition, he was an all around nice guy.

  7. Kathy Hall says

    So sorry to learn of your loss. Jim was a creative teacher and a good man

  8. Laurel Toussaint says

    Bik and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. So painful to lose a beloved husband, father and grandfather. We only spent time with him once, but long enough to know how special he was. Truly a kind, gentle man.
    Please know we are thinking of all of you.
    Love, Laurel and Bik

  9. Bobbie Schmit says

    Dear Shawna and Aden so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. You And your family will be in my prayer’s, may God bless each of you in the sad days ahead. Be safe as we are getting ready for a better year ahead. Enjoy the holiday’s as you know your dad would have wanted you to. Many blessing’s to you all.

  10. Jan Miller Cobb says

    Sharon, so sorry to hear of Jim’s death! Just couldn’t believe. He was a very genuine person and one of the best! Even though a year has passed for you and your family, I know this must be very difficult for you as the first year has come around. Please accept my best wishes for you.

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