THE FLAGLER TRIBUNE
Thursday, July 26, 1973
Funeral services for Senator Verle A. Pope were Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Augustine, with the Rev. Michael Boss officiating. Internment was in Evergreen Cemetery beside his wife Edith, who died in 1961. Hundred of mourners filled the church with many standing outside to pay their respects to the former senator who served 24 years in the Florida Legislature.
Sen. Pope was selected as “most valuable senator” in 1955 and named the “most valuable Legislator” and served as president of the Senate from 1967 to 1968.
He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Richard O. Watson; a sister, Mrs. Wanda Pope Wilson and a brother, Eugene “Neil” Pope of St Augustine.
Pallbearers were, Gov. Ruebin Askew, former Gov. Leroy Collins, Doyle E. Carlton, Jr, Toony Matien, Ed Price and John Purcell. State Rep. Gus Craig, St Augustine, was in charge of funeral arrangements.