Toni Pope

August 17, 1957 - May 11, 2021

Obituary For Toni Pope

With humble respect, Sewell Mortuary in Grantville announces the transition of Toni Pope on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021.

The funeral service will be Sunday, May 16th, 2:00 PM at Mt Sinai Baptist Church Gay Ga.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM on Saturday the 15th, at Sewell Mortuary.

Toni Lynn Taylor-Pope entered this life August 17, 1957 in Brownsville, TN born to
Rev. John T. Taylor Sr (deceased) and Linnie Ruth Taylor. Toni professed her faith in
Christ at an early age at Columbus Baptist Church, Memphis, TN under the leadership of
Rev. A. E. Campbell Sr where she participated in many youth activities. In 1971, Toni
united with Union Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis TN under the leadership of Rev.
R.E. Plunkett where she served as Youth Choir Director and Miss Union Baptist Church.
She was a faithful member until her Father organized Taylor Chapel Missionary Baptist
Church where Toni participated as a guest Sunday School Teacher and Speaker. Toni
moved to Atlanta, GA where she continued her work in the ministry at Discover
Ministries under the leadership of Dr. Willie Mae Pitts. Toni obtained her Evangelist
license under Central Georgia Jurisdiction Church Of God In Christ, Inc. and worked as
Pastor and Church Administrator until her transition.

Toni’s educational accomplishments were many. Toni graduated from Westwood High
School in 1975; Lemoyne-Owen College (cum laude) 1979 with a B.S. Degree in
Accounting; Master’s Degree in Finance from Atlanta University in 1979; and a
Master’s Degree in Church Leadership and Counseling from C.D. Owens Theological

Toni facilitated many classes in Accounting, Tax Preparation and Church Administration
at Discover Ministries and throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.

Toni worked as a Chief Financial Officer at South Fulton Senior Services for 30 years
under the leadership of Betty and Diane Rutherford, a Management Employee at the U.S.
Postal Services where she gained many close friends and co-workers especially Priscilla
Dennis whom she mentored until her death.

November 10, 2001 She was united in Matrimony with Lawrence Pope of Gay Georgia,
who later became Pastor of Discovery Ministries.

Toni leaves her devoted husband-Lawrence Pope, faithful companion-Tiffany, MotherLinnie Ruth Taylor, Sisters-Paula Taylor and Corliss Macklin, Nieces-Adrienne &
Samantha Macklin (great-niece, Marcia Johnson) and Nephews-James Springfield Jr.
Christian and Jeremiah Macklin. She was a loving spiritual mom to Janet McGruder
(Ronnie), Lawrence Scott Pope, Jennifer Pope, Deishurnae Pope, LaTeikka Pope and
Angela Pope, 7 grandsons and 7 grand-daughters and 3 great-grandsons. Her pastor Dr.
Willie Mae Pitts (1) God Sister Trina Houston, Sister in Christ Mary Newsome, Best
Friends Diane, Sherry and Bessie, longtime hairstylist Lawanna Gray-Carter, a loving
church family, a host of sister/brother in laws, coworkers, family and friends. Toni
departed this life on May 11, 2021 at her home with her loving husband and close family
members by her side.

Toni was a loving and caring woman, devoted wife, step-mother, and friend, always
thinking of others first. She loved studying the word, watching Perry Mason, bonding
with Tiffany and as she would say “spending a dollar” To know her was to love her.

Click here to see video stream

Download funeral program




05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Sewell Mortuary
220 Charlie Patterson Rd
Grantville, GA 30220
Get Directions »

Funeral Service

02:00 PM
Mt. Sinai Baptist Church
5710 Mount Carmel Road
Gay, GA 30218
Get Directions »
by FHW Solutions

Photos & Video

Click here to see video stream

Add New Photos & Video


Our sincere condolences to the Pope family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
- Anthony Geter
To the Taylor/Pope Families, I've know Toni for over 20 years here at the USPS. And I can honestly say that she was the best! Soft spoken, witty sweet but also so confident in all her abilities. She was my go to for so many things. I'll miss out talks and her bossing me around! God has plucked a beautiful flower for his garden. We will truly miss you Toni. Continue to rest in Paradise.
- Lee Jackson
My condolences to theTaylor/Pope family. I started my Postal Career at North Metro learning a lot from her and came up to Air Mail a year later and she continued to advise and assist me. Her expertise and knowledge will be missed. Praying for the family. Keep faith in the resurrection hope at John 5:28, 29 where there is no more sickness and death. Revelation 21:3,4
- Cathy Reeves Coles
There is nothing but beautiful words I can say about Toni Taylor Pope. She was truly one of the BEST people I've met. With a heavy heart I like so many will look to heavens and know that the most high God has another Angel. My deepest condolences to the family and friends during this time of loss.
- Willie Martin II
My condolences to the Pope family. I have known Toni for 20 years. She was a sweet & beautiful person. She will truly be missed. Toni, May your soul Rest In Peace. Love forever, Daphne Buchanan
- Daphne Buchanan
- Angela Luckey
My prayers are with my family during the loss of our dear sister in love. Toni was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be missed. Lawrence we got you. May the peace of God comfort you my brother.
- Terri Pope Gates
Our deepest condolences to you Lawrence and the family. Praying for your comfort and strength. The Gaston Family!
- George, Teresa Gaston and Family.
To the Pope Family, I was saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Toni. I just spoke to her a week ago. Toni was such a sweet person who will be truly missed by many. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
- Brenda King
- Brenda King

Offer words of sympathy and comfort, share a memory or light a candle.

Add a Candle

Click a candle below to add a candle to your message.

Enter Your Phone Number

To leave a condolence message, add photos, or add videos, please provide your name and email address

  We respect your privacy and will not share your email address.