Board of Directors
Board Members in Memoriam
John William Pope, Sr. (1924-2006) & Joyce W. Pope (1929-2014)
Husband and wife John William Pope, Sr. and Joyce W. Pope were founding board members of the Pope Foundation. John got his first taste of the variety-retail business as a youngster growing up in Depression-era Fuquay Springs, North Carolina, where he worked the cash register in his father’s five and dime store. Joyce served as President of the family foundation from 1986 to 1992. Through the foundation, she established an endowment for the Raleigh Fine Arts Society. She also created a scholarship fund at Performance Edge, and was instrumental in supporting the North Carolina Symphony and Carolina Ballet.
John William Pope, Jr. (1950-2004)
John William Pope, Jr., son of John William and Joyce W. Pope, lives on in the memory of his loved ones and in the philanthropic work of the Pope Foundation. John Jr. was part of the Pope family business, Variety Wholesalers Inc., from the time that he graduated from Campbell College (now Campbell University) in 1975. He was also a co-founder of the Pope Foundation in 1986. A substantial amount of the Foundation’s resources are due to John Jr.’s generosity. The Convocation Center at Campbell University honors his legacy.