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 60 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. He is a member of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association as well as the National Funeral Directors Association. His family are members and attend Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington SC.
Mr. Williams was born and raised in Winnsboro. He graduated from Fairfield Central High School and has a degree in Business Finance and Community and Organizational Leadership from Columbia College. "I love Winnsboro and always will. It is my honor and privilege to assist and serve our community." Mr. Williams is a member of First United Methodist Church in Winnsboro and attends Mt. Horeb UMC in Lexington. As manager and funeral director he 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 60 years. He is married to Elise Ewing Williams of Irmo and has two beautiful twin girls, Wellesley and Harper.
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 a Community Liaison and Funeral Director 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.
After Care and Preplanning Coordinator/Funeral Director/Embalmer
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.
James C. Crawford
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 a retired 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.
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 47 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, Fairfield Men's Breakfast Club, Winnsboro Masonic Lodge #11, Scottish Rite Columbia SC, and Jamile Shrine Temple Columbia, SC.
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.
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.
Douglas E. Pauley Jr.
Mr. Pauley was born and raised in Winnsboro, SC where he attended Fairfield Central High School, and later attended The University of South Carolina at Lancaster receiving an Associate of Science Degree. He is married to Emily Young Pauley of Winnsboro and has three children; Blake, Brooke, and Jase. Mr. Pauley was an employee of the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office for thirteen years prior to becoming a Licensed Insurance Agent. Along with working with Pope Funeral Home, he currently works for Wyatt Insurance Agency and is also an elected official serving on Fairfield County Council. Mr. Pauley enjoys his hobbies of DJ’ing, running, traveling with his family, and coaching youth baseball with the Blythewood Baseball League.
In Memory-Bette Pope
Former Owner/Funeral Director
Mrs. Pope was born and raised in Walhalla, SC where she graduated from Walhalla High School. She then moved to Columbia, SC to attend nursing school at the old Columbia Hospital where she got her degree as a Registered Nurse. She later met John L. Pope and moved to Winnsboro, SC, and started Pope Funeral Home. She took joy in serving the families of Fairfield and surrounding counties for over 50 years even after her husband passed away. She was preceded in death by her husband John L. Pope, and her only daughter Lynda Pope Wood. She has one grandson John Robert Wood who is currently operating the family business. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Winnsboro.