Our Staff


John Robert Wood

John Robert Wood

Owner/ Funeral Director

Mr. Wood has been around the Funeral business his whole life, having grown up next door to the Funeral Home and being around the everyday operations with his grandmother Bette D. Pope. He was born in Columbia, SC and raised in Winnsboro, SC until the age of ten when he moved to Rincon, GA, and later Grayson, GA where he graduated from Grayson High School. He then moved back to Columbia to attend the University of South Carolina where he got a Bachelors degree in Hospitality Management. In December of 2009 he decided it was time to come back and help his grandmother run the family business. He plans to keep the business running the way that his grandfather John L. Pope and grandmother Bette D. Pope have been for over 55 years for the people of Fairfield and surrounding counties. He is married to his wife Ashley Bessinger Wood of West Columbia, and has two children, a son Mason and daughter Hayden.

Email: woodjr1983@gmail.com


Doug Williams

Doug Williams

Funeral Director/Manager

Mr. Williams was born and raised in Fairfield County and currently resides in Winnsboro. He graduated from Fairfield Central High School and has a degree in Business Finance and Community and Organizational Leadership from Columbia College. He is a proud resident of Winnsboro serving on the Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador. Mr. Williams is a member of First United Methodist Church in Winnsboro, were he sings in the choir. He is currently a Funeral Director  with Pope and hopes to continue to serve the families of Fairfield and surrounding counties with the same honesty, integrity, and compassion that Pope Funeral Home has for over 55 years.

Telephone: 1-803-718-0297


Hennies J. Pope

Hennies J. Pope

Funeral Director/Community Liaison

Mr. Pope was born and reared in the Lebanon Community of Fairfield County where he still lives. He graduated from Monticello High School and received a degree in business from Newberry College. He is married to his wife Becky and they have two sons Jason, and "Bubba" Pope, and three grandchildren. He was President of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, President of the Fairfield Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, and the owner and manager of Pope Chrysler Inc. He is a member of Lebanon Presbyterian Church, PCA where he has served as deacon, elder, Sunday School teacher, many committees, and sings in the choir. He continues to serve the families of Fairfield and surrounding counties as Funeral Director and Manager of Pope Funeral Home. "Working here is more a ministry than a job." With professionalism and deep compassion, he assists families in dealing with their needs during difficult times.


James C. Crawford

James C. Crawford

Funeral Director/ Embalmer

Mr. Crawford has served in the Funeral Industry as a licensed South Carolina Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer for more than 25 years. Born in Cleveland, Tennessee, he graduated from Bradley Central High School and Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science, Atlanta, Georgia. James is a member of the SC Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and the American Society of Embalmers. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam War Era, Persian Gulf War “Desert Storm” and is currently a member of the South Carolina Army National Guard with 27 years of service. He has been a resident of South Carolina since 1984. He is married to Barbara Livingston Crawford. They have four sons, 1 daughter, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.


Thomas McDonald

Thomas McDonald

Funeral Director/ After Care and Preplanning Coordinator

A native of Charlotte, NC, Thomas is married to Nichole Price McDonald and lives in Lexington.  He has resided in South Carolina for over 20 years and attends Mt Hermon Lutheran Church.  He is a graduate of Fayetteville Technical College with a degree in Mortuary Science, studied Anthropology/Archaeology at the University of South Carolina in Beaufort and Columbia.  He has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1996 in North Carolina and South Carolina and has spent over 25 years assisting families in their time of need.  He is also a licensed Life Insurance Agent specializing in Funeral and Estate Trusts.  He enjoys spending time hiking, kayaking, and fishing at the lake, the coast and in the mountains with his family.


Joe Silvia

Joe Silvia

Funeral Assistant

Mr. Silvia was born in Laconia, NH and later moved to Winnsboro, SC. He was hired by the late John L. Pope as a part time employee of Pope Funeral Home in 1973 and has been an employee for the past 41 years. He is married and has three children, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He is retired from the US Air Force and SC National Guard with 30 years as MP/ Security Police, Manhattan Shirt Company, Charter member of Fairfield County Rescue Squad, Winnsboro Volunteer Fire Department, and served as Fairfield County Coroner for 32 years. He is currently a member of Mission Ridge Country Club, Fairfield Men's Breakfast Club, Winnsboro Masonic Lodge #11, Scottish Rite Columbia SC, and Jamile Shrine Temple Columbia, SC.


Jackie Wilkes

Jackie Wilkes

Funeral Assistant

Mr. Wilkes was born and raised in Winnboro, SC where he attended Mt. Zion Institute, and later attended Newberry College. He served two years in the US Navy. He is married to Martha Gaddy of Chester and they have three boys Russell, Rod, and Randy, and eight grandchildren. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Winnsboro, and is currently serving his fourth term on the Winnsboro Town Council.


Bill Ellis

Funeral Assistant

William (Bill) B. Ellis, Jr. is married to Patsy Rivers Ellis.  They have four children, ten grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.  He is retired from the Army, Michelin, and the South Carolina School System.  He is a deacon at Washington Street Baptist Church, and graduated a Wofford Terrier.


William Turner

Funeral Assistant



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