SHALLOTTE POINT — Jacob Preston Miller Pope Jr., 87, passed away peacefully at his Shallotte Point, N.C., home on Nov. 20, 2016.
Born April 8, 1929, in Greenville, S.C., the son of the late Jacob Preston Miller Pope and Lucille Hunt Pope, he was predeceased by a brother, Hewlett Eric Pope. Miller was a professional artist and author.
He played a major role in the development and promotion of Brunswick County and its South Brunswick Islands. He was a founder of the area Chamber of Commerce and, along with his wife, Helen, founded The Winds Resort Beach Club on Ocean Isle Beach. He was also a founder of Sea Trail Golf Resort at Sunset Beach, N.C.
Miller graduated from Greenville High School after completing 11th grade. While at Greenville High, he founded the Chevalerian fraternity.
Two months after his graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in the final months of World War II. After being honorably discharged, he attended Furman University and then moved to New York City to pursue his career in art and advertising on Madison Avenue. Miller was a member of The Society of Illustrators in NYC and served as president of the Westport Artists in Westport, Conn.
In New York, he met and married Helen Otis Pope (the love of his life) to whom he was married for 52 years until her death in in 2004. They moved to Ocean Isle Beach in 1975.
Miller is survived by his daughter, Debra Hamilton of Isle of Palms, S.C.; his son, Gary Pope and wife Martha of Shallotte Point; his beloved grandchildren, Chasen McCall and wife Sarah of Isle of Palms, S.C., Jessica Hirshorn and husband Scott of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., John Pope of Lexington, Ky., and Sydney Pope Long and husband Stephen of Charleston, S.C.; and 4.99 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte, N.C., with visitation at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to Smile Train (smiletrain.org) or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422.