Brenda Beale Pope

Published 5:33 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Pope, Brenda Beale of Waverly, Virginia died on October 8, 2022, with her family by her side. Brenda was born in Richmond, Virginia. She grew up on the Beale Family Farm in Wakefield, Virginia, and spent most of her life living in Waverly and Wakefield.

She was predeceased by her parents Robert Lee Beale and Ann Seward Beale Cobb. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Leverette Early Pope, Jr. and her three wonderful and amazing children, Leverette Early Pope, III (Christina), Sarah Anne Pope Garrett (Blake), and Robert Beale Pope (Theckla). Her grandchildren, who were her world, include Graham Pope, Makenzie Pope, Hayes Pope, Anne Carter Garrett, Beale Pope, II, and Theckla Pope. In addition, she is survived by her brother Robert Beale, and sisters Carol Ann Layden (Henry), and Robin Scarborough (Tod).

Brenda was an avid gardener and an incredible cook. She loved hosting celebrations for family and friends, where she was known for creating delicious meals and the world’s best banana pudding and chocolate cake. Many incredible memories were created with her in the kitchen, around the dining room table, and in her beautiful backyard. Known to her beloved grandchildren as “BeBe,” she could often be found cooking and dancing with them in the kitchen or delighting in showing them the hummingbirds who returned to her garden every year. In addition to her family, she leaves behind many cherished friends who she considered family, including her colleagues at Smithfield Foods, where she worked for nearly 30 years.

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Brenda was grateful for the care she received from the teams at the Virginia Oncology Associates, the Eastern Virginia Medical School, and the At Home Care & Hospice. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater, Waverly Fire Department, and Waverly United Methodist Church. Her family will celebrate her life in a service at Waverly United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the family home.