Jesse Nichols "Nicky" Pope

  • Born: January 10, 1945
  • Died: December 27, 2021
  • Location: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Jesse Nichols "Nicky" Pope, 76 of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina died on Monday, December 27, 2021 at home after a prolonged illness.

Jesse was born January 10, 1945 in Alamance County, North Carolina, son of the late Henry Roberts Pope and Myrtle Long Pope. He was a 1963 graduate of Eastern Alamance High School. He began his career working for Associated Transport. His career spanned decades in the container industry, culminating with his position as Chief Executive Officer of Independent Container Line, based in Richmond, Virginia.

Upon his retirement in 2005, he continued to pursue his lifelong passion for golf, classic cars, skeet shooting, and spending time with his beloved grandsons.

Jesse is survived by his wife Penny G. Pope; children, Robert W. Pope (Helen De Groot) of Atlanta, GA and Amanda K. Pope (Nathan Zipperian) of Weston, FL; grandsons, Clayton P. Zipperian, James N. Pope, and Henry C. Pope; stepmother, Bessie I. Pope; and sister, Amy P. Jepko.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Our deepest sympathies! We loved Jesse and truly admired his leadership. He was a true Man of Integrity!
Dear Penny, you will always be in our Prayers

Posted by Jan & Nita Kendrick - Work   January 02, 2022

The world rightly grieves the loss one of its very best. Not only was it a privilege to know and work with Jesse for more than 20 years, it was my personal joy to do so. Jesse blended uncommon insight with the enviable ability to do just the right thing. RIP dear friend.

Posted by A. J. (Tony) Siciliano    December 31, 2021

I wish that my 20-something year old self had been able to fully grasp the truth of Jesse´s words to me when I decided to leave ICL, "you´ve worked for the best, now try the rest." Jesse was without question the best leader I have ever worked for. He was strong, kind, fair and taught me so many valuable things that I still use today. I am sorry to learn of his passing, and will be forever grateful that I had the privilege of knowing him. My deepest sympathies for Penny and for everyone that loved him.

Posted by Jill Bradford Bussard - Work   December 30, 2021

Jesse was a very close personal friend of our family. He was always there when needed, he was a big hearted kind gentleman. We have have shared years of great times and wonderful memories. It would be impossible to replace him. Jesse will be forever missed.

Penny, Amanda, and Robert, we share in your grief and will always be here if you need us. Love, Cassandra & Joe

Posted by Joe & Cassandra Padgette - North Charleston, SC - friend   December 30, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Pope's passing. I had tremendous respect for him and it was a pleasure working for him at ICL. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Cheryl Nunnally - Work   December 30, 2021

Penny and family, my deepest sympathies for the loss of Jesse. He was great to work for at ICL and I have the utmost respect for him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Chris Winn - Work   December 30, 2021


Our love is with you and the whole family. Nicky´s hearty laugh and love for family will not be forgotten. I´ll always appreciate the importance you both placed on visiting Grandma when you were here.

Sending our love,

David, Kristin, Peyton and Reese

Posted by Kristin Butler Shaw - Family   December 30, 2021

Words fail to express my deep sorrow for your loss. Wishing you strength and comfort through this difficult time .
Jesse was a very fair, honest and truthful man, whom I had such great respect for. We all learned a lot from him at ICL and he was a great boss. I will miss you my friend!!............."sail high out into the deep blue; calm seas and fair winds".

Posted by Karen M Pollard - Work   December 30, 2021

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