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Sue Jane Pope October 2, 1934 - May 15, 2020

Sue Jane Hardee Pope, 85, passed peacefully while at her home in Southaven, Mississippi, on May 15, 2020.  Sue was born in Madison County, Tennessee, on October 2, 1934.  Sue is preceded in death by her parents John and Mary Hardee, brother Gene Hardee and sister Jewel Collins. She is survived by her brother Allen Hardee of Henderson, TN.

She graduated from Mercer High School and was selected Miss Mercer.  She and her family later moved to Memphis and then to Southaven, MS.  She was employed at General Electric for a number of years and later at Baptist Memorial Hospital, from which she retired in 2005. She was a member of Heartland Baptist Church.

Sue enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. She was an avid reader and also enjoyed gardening. Sue was often referred to as the “Debbie Reynolds” of the family because of her sparkling, bubbly personality.  She was generous with her time and always ready to share a recipe, a funny story, or a trip, whether it was just down the street to her favorite restaurant or to Hot Springs and the horse races, one of her favorite hobbies.

Sue will be lovingly remembered by her children Taylor Pope (Heather) of Pensacola, FL; Karen Leigh of Lebanon, TN; and Vickie Wilkins (Dwight) of Hernando, MS.  Sue leaves behind 7 grandchildren, Jonathan Pope, Adam Pope, Katie Pope, Angela Hicks, Amy McGee, Kevin Wilkins, Leslie Noble, and Jessica Wilkins, 16 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.  She will be fondly remembered by her sister-in-law, Samantha Hardee of Jackson, TN and her niece Marilyn Tucker of Jackson, TN.

Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Sue to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN.

A graveside service will be held at Maple Springs Baptist Church in Mercer, TN.


  1. REPLY
    Marilyn Collins Tucker says

    There is a void left by Aunt Sue’s passing that cannot be filled. Taylor, Karen, and Vickie have lost a mom who loved them unconditionally and ‘Mama Sue’ was always bragging about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was more than an aunt to me; she was a dear friend. From childhood memories of spending a week with her each summer in Memphis to more recently, when we seldom went more than a few days between phone calls, she has been a cornerstone in my life, especially over the past few years. Along with everyone else in the family, I’m going to be lost without her. Rest in peace, sweet Aunt Sue Jane. I hope you know how much you were loved and appreciated.

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