Walter Holcomb “Dinker” Pope Sr.

January 11, 1936 - June 24, 2015

01/11/1936 - 06/24/2015

Past Services

Friday June 26, 2015
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
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Masonic Rites will be given at 6:30 PM

Saturday June 27, 2015
1:00 pm
Community United Methodist Church
1072 Old Kempsville Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
757-495-1021 | Directions
Riverside Cemetery
1000 East Indian River Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23523
757-441-1967 | Directions
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Additional Information:

Memorial Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to:

Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment

c/o Valorie Koogle

8000 Cordiff Street

Mason Neck, VA 22079


Community United Methodist Church – Fellowship Sunday School Class

1072 Old Kempsville Road

Virginia Beach, VA 23464





Masonic Past Master
Walter Holcomb “Dinker” Pope, Sr. 79, of Virginia Beach passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.
He was born in Portsmouth, VA, the son of the late Arthur A. and Florence Holcomb Pope.  Mr Pope graduated from Cradock High School and served in United States Army. He retired as a comptroller at Oil Transport, Inc.  He was a member of Community United Methodist Church, the Fellowship Sunday School Class and a life member of the United Methodist Men.  Worshipful Pope was a member of Ruth Lodge #89 AF & AM and served as Master in 1976. He was also a member of the  Khedive Shrine and Norfolk Valley of Scottish Rite.  He was a lifetime member of Jobs Daughters International and served as Associate Grand Guardian of the state of Virginia.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy Ramsey Pope; two daughters, Beth Grabowski and husband Frank; Susan Roenker and husband Paul; one son, Walter “Dink” Pope, Jr.; five grandchildren, Lauren Grabowski and her fiancé Kyle, Douglas Roenker, Dana Grabowski, Amanda Roenker and Ariel Pope; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Carolyn and Danny Dudley all of Virginia Beach; sister-in-law Carol Pope of Portsmouth.
A memorial Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Community United Methodist Church, 1072 Old Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.  The Reverend H. Lee Seibert and Reverend Christa Mercer Springstead will officiate.  The family will receive friends on Friday, June 26, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach where Masonic Rites will be given at 6:30 PM.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be given to the Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment, in care of Valorie Koogle, 8000 Cardiff Street, Mason Neck, VA 22079 or to the Fellowship Sunday School Class of Community United Methodist Church. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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Larry Rumsey
8 years ago

Nancy & family,
I just discovered Walter’s passing and sorry Dorothy & I missed the funeral. We have many good memories with Walter at OT and sure miss his teasing and laugh. We have a great memory when Walter played Santa Claus. He drove out to my house in Caroon Farms in Great Bridge dressed up and knocked on my door. I believe my son was 4 years old. When I opened the door, Walter did the Santa Claus act HO HO HO and my son said, “you are not Santa Claus you are Mr. Pope!!” We rolled with laugher because he did look like Santa Claus. My son recognizing Walter in his Santa Claus suit was a testament to Walter’s personality and influence on my son the few times I brought him to OT. Great memories. We will miss him and our condolences to you and your family.
Larry, Dorothy & Rumsey family.

Ryan Johnson & Brandi Wilson
8 years ago

Ms Susan & Ms Beth, our condolences to you and your family. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

karen tyree
8 years ago

Mrs. Pope,
My prayers are for you and your family at this time. Mr. Pope was a wonderful, fun-loving, caring, and great friend. He enjoyed children and our POV staff. I enjoyed his sense of humor and will treasure “Santa Pope’s” memory always. Love you and thinking of you. Karen Tyree

Nancy Curles Quintilone
8 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for God to be with you and your family during this difficult time. Take care 🙂

Chris Walck
8 years ago

Dink Senior was a true gentleman and his support of children’s activities was legendary. It has been a pleasure to have been associated with him in past years through Troop 362 Boy Scouts of America. Our condolences to the Pope Family And I am humbly grateful to have seen him recently after a great deal of time had passed under Life’s Bridge. Jan&Chris Walck

Michelle Wright Ditzler
8 years ago

God bless you all. Dad Pope will be missed!

Karla Wall
8 years ago

Susan, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have such warm memories of your Dad and all of the times at the baseball field, he so loved every minute of it! May God give you strength and peace. Love, Karla

Jean and Buddy Penn
8 years ago

God bless the whole Pope Family. Walter was such a positive force in Job’s Daughters. He was a true Christian gentleman and a perfect person to whom the girls could look for guidance and support. So many of us adults looked to him for that guidance, too. Though we may not have seen him as often as the years passed, we will truly miss Walter. Our sincere condolences to Nancy and family.

Tammy Josephson
8 years ago

Susan and family – May God wrap his loving arms around you all during this most difficult time.

Carol and Joe Brock
8 years ago

Dear Beth an all the family. Our deepest condolences on the passing of your Dad. You all are in our thoughts and heart. We love you. Our deepest regards to your Mom, take carr of her. We love you, Carol and Jor