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1939 Sherwood Way
San Angelo, TX 76901
Phone: (325) 268-0471
Tom Pope

Tom David Pope

Sunday, December 9th, 1928 - Friday, June 7th, 2019
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And when at last our strength has failed we make our last long ride.
We leave this world and take the trail across the great divide.
So when it's time to make the change we'll go where they have gone.
We'll meet them on another range somewhere in the beyond. Bruce Kiskaddon, Union Stockyards Calendar poem
On December 9, 1928, in Concho County, near Duck Creek, a cowboy was born. Some say he was born to the saddle, and stories were told that he was seen riding horseback as a toddler in diapers rounding up the family’s small herd. Born to Ann E and Charles Everett Pope, Tom David Pope (T.D.) passed from this life on June 7, 2019.
T.D. fulfilled many roles in his long, experience-rich life; the hardest being that of a retired cowboy, of which he said would surely kill him. He was a bronc buster, a ranch hand, a sheepherder, a sheepdog trainer, a truck driver, a skilled horseman, a husband, a daddy, a Papa, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a loyal friend and a pretty good windmill man. T.D. brought true meaning to the words “a good work-ethic” and instilled that in all his children. His idea of a day’s work started truly before sunrise and lasted way past dark-thirty.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 71 years, Jimmie Sue Pope of Veribest, TX; oldest son James Pope and wife Earlene of Dell City, TX; daughter Rebecca Bilyeu and husband Denver of Odessa, TX; youngest son B.J. Pope and wife Terri of Gardendale, TX; two grandsons, Denver Ryan Bilyeu and wife Rachel; Dustin Bilyeu and wife Monique; and granddaughters Dior Bilyeu and Robin Bowden. He is also affectionately remembered by three great-grandchildren who brought him much joy in his later years. He is preceded in death by his sister Barbara Reeves and brother August (Pete) Pope. He will be fondly remembered by numerous other family and friends.
Visitation will be all day Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Shaffer Funeral Home. A celebration-of-life service will be held at Harris Avenue Baptist Church, San Angelo, TX on June 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Burial will precede memorial services at 9:30 AM at Miles Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/ Sherwood Way.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Texas Boys Ranch, 10223 Boys RD, San Angelo, TX 76904 or; or Harris Avenue Baptist Church, 1026 E. Harris Ave, San Angelo, TX 76903.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 9th, 2019 | 9:00am - 8:00pm
    Sunday, June 9th, 2019 9:00am - 8:00pm
    Shaffer Funeral Home /Sherwood Way
    1939 Sherwood Way
    SAN ANGELO, TX 76901
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  • Service

    Monday, June 10th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 10th, 2019 11:00am
    Harris Avenue Baptist Church
    1026 E Harris Ave
    SAN ANGELO, TX 76903
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    There will be no family time. Family and friends are welcome to view all day.
    Reverend Randy Bush
  • Interment

    Monday, June 10th, 2019 | 9:30am
    Monday, June 10th, 2019 9:30am
    Miles Cemetery
    Miles TX, Miles TX
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Keith and Shirley Richardson

Posted at 11:37am
T. D. was a Very Special Friend in All our lives. Our Children and Grandchildren loved working with him. He left us with so many memories how could we forget him. Thank you for sharing him with us. We Loved him too.
The Families of Keith and Shirley Richardson.
We will meet you there someday T. D.

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Posted at 10:31am
Our love to you and prayers for your strength during this difficult time. Love, Joe Dale and Kay Price
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The Entire Family of Keith and Shirley Richardson

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"T. D." will remain in our hearts forever. He Was A Very Special Friend in All Our Families lives. He will never be forgotten. We Loved him too .
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love the Sterrett and Reeves Families
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Posted at 03:43pm
We love Uncle TD, Aunt Jimmie Sue, all the Popes and offspring, and share in our loss as TD joins the angels in our lives. God bless us all.
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