Sarah Caitlin Pope

  • Born: April 30, 1971
  • Died: October 31, 2013
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Highland Memorial Parks

5315 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Tel. (865) 588-0567

Tribute & Message From The Family

Sarah Caitlin Kerley Pope

On Thursday, October 31, 2013, Sarah Caitlin Kerley Pope of Knoxville, TN, mother, daughter and sister, passed away suddenly at the age of 42 years. Sarah will be forever remembered by her sons, Trent Kerley and Bill Pope, by her father Robert Kerley, his wife Marie Hofer, her mother the late Sondra Cash (Silvey), by her brother Paul Kerley, his wife Marissa and their children Aiden and Reagan, by loving extended family, and by many close friends, including Krisha Song Parkey, Eddie Pollard and countless others.

Sarah was a caring person, with a gentle soul, who touched so many people with her kindness. She was a patient woman who battled the challenges of single parenting, losing her mother and so much more. She was a caring sister who, though she didn't know it, made her brother proud. The world will be a different place without her.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 pm on Sunday, November 10, at Highland Memorial, 5315 Kingston Pike, followed by a celebration of Sarah's life at 3 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Sarah can be made to Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division St., Knoxville, TN 37919. You may visit the online guest book at

Condolence & Memory Journal


Memories of Sarah remain a wonderful blessing.

Posted by Krisha Miller - Durham, NC - Friend   October 31, 2017


God BLess her family

Posted by Heather Stevens - Wintersprings, FL - Friend   January 31, 2014

Sarah was part of our family and we were a part of hers. My memories of her are the memories of a 5 year old, they are vague but comforting- which in a way, are the best kind. She looked after me as if I were her own little sister, her crystal voice and cheerful laugh are the most vivid memories I have of her. She is forever a part of my romantic Tennessee childhood; running through grassy fields, playing in the tennis courts in the rain, and swimming so much in the summertime that we all turned into fish. She was a loyal protector.. and I can see that I am not the only person who thinks if her this way. She made an impact on everyone she met. That is what we can keep with us now that she is gone. My thoughts are with you Bob, Paul, Trent, and Bill, and the rest of Sarah's close family and friends.

Posted by Laney Coyne    December 07, 2013

Sarah taught me how to swim. I owe my love of the water to her. She was a guardian and a friend to me. The sweetest memories of my childhood were spent with her and her family. They were the sweetest memories of my life for that matter. I'm grateful to have known her and to have loved her like a sister. I know that all of my family feels the same way. Losing Sarah, even after all of these years of distance, is like losing my sister. I am grateful to her and to god for having been able to be close with her. All of my love goes to the Kerleys, her boys, and all of her friends. She is as truly missed as she is welcome into my heart as the angel that she is now.

Posted by Ira Coyne - olympia, WA   December 05, 2013

Bob and Paul I am so sorry to hear that Sarah is gone! She found me on Facebook a while back and while I did not get on very much I did see her posts and was always reminded of her cheerful smiling face.

Posted by Pasha Grant    December 05, 2013

Sarah and I met on the yahoo group she ran, Mailbox Friends. Like her mom, Sondra, she was one of the sweetest people I've had the pleasure to meet. I was lucky enough to meet Saran and her family in person, when my family and I were driving back from a Florida vacation. When Mailbox Friends fizzled out, I lost touch with all of the girls on the group, including Sarah. For some reason, I was thinking about her, searched for her on Facebook, and sadly, next to one of her pictures, I found a comment, written only an hour before, by her aunt, saying Sarah had passed away a few days before. My heartfelt condolences go out to her boys, Trent and Bill, and her entire family. Rest in Peace, my beautiful friend.

Posted by Misty Esposito Holusha - Westbury, NY - friend   December 01, 2013


I am deeply saddened to learn of your passing. I will never forget your sweet smile and kind voice. May you rest in peace!

My thoughts and prayers to all of Sarah's family! Paul- I am so sorry for your loss!

Posted by April Lippner Stouffer    November 11, 2013

Sarah and I go way back to the old West High School days, later in life we had a relationship and remained friends.
Sarah was always sweet to everyone she met!
She never met a stranger!
I will miss her calling me or sending me a random text saying "Hey Lovebug"
I know that in my heart and soul Sarah is lighting up heaven with her smile and is right beside her mother.
To Paul and the family, I wish I could have been home to pay my final respects to Sarah!
Sarah will always hold a special place in my heart for eternity.

Posted by James "Bud" Purdom - Northglenn, CO - Friend   November 11, 2013

Barbara and I are deeply saddened for your family. May the peace that passes understanding be with you all. We know how heartbroken you all are and extend our love to you all.

Posted by David @ Barbara Hill - Knoxville, TN - Family friends   November 10, 2013

I enjoyed working with you. You will be missed

Posted by Lou Davis    November 10, 2013

Leave a condolence or a memory.

Posted by Christopher Clark    November 09, 2013

Sarah I can't believe your not here with us anymore. You know you were my best friend and I will miss you and the talks we shared and the many times we laughed and cried together. I will always love and miss you and will never forget you.i look forward to the day when I will see you again. Love you always and forever.

Posted by tiffany bishop    November 09, 2013

With heartfelt condolences,
We wish you peace to bring comfort,
Courage to face the days ahead, &
Loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Charles, Larissa, Ansley & Addyson Kerley

Posted by Charles Kerley - pocatello, ID - Cousin   November 08, 2013


Sarah you were my first baby , I loved you and will miss you! You are now with your moma no more pain hurting over you losing her. Rest in peace! I love you Aun,t Rella

Posted by Rella Jones - Knoxville, TN - Aunt   November 08, 2013


All of our family was so sorry to hear about Sarah. We so enjoyed them when Mom watched them while we were growing up. We will be praying for your family during this time.

The Juanita Jones family from Forest Avenue

Posted by Teresa (Sis Jones) Swango - Bedford, IN - friend   November 07, 2013

Sarah was such a great person. I'll never forget the summers we spent together at UT and all the fun we had. She was such a kind heart and sweet soul. I never heard her speak a cross word even in the most difficult times. I still can't believe that she's gone but take comfort in knowing that she's in a better place and at peace. My heart goes out to her family. I know you are all grieving, but I think Sarah would want us all to remember happy times and smile when we think of her. I know I will.

Posted by PJ Eaton - Knoxville, TN - Friend   November 07, 2013

On behalf of the entire Oak Park Police Department, I wish to enxtend our sincerest condolences to both the Pope and Kerley family on Sarah's untimely departure. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Ricky C. Tanksley, Chief of Police

Posted by Rick Tanksley - Oak Park, IL - Oak Park Police Chief   November 07, 2013

Sarah, I am still in shock. You always seemed to put others before yourself - family, friends, pets, even strangers. You were a genuinely kind person and always seemed to be the life of the party. We had a great time at Laurel. Rest in peace, Sarah.

Posted by Shannon Bell Pickett    November 07, 2013



I am still in shock! I can not believe you are gone. We had so many good times together, I am going to miss seeing your beautiful smile. You had such a loving spirit and always took care of those you loved. But you are free now and reunited with your mom that you missed you so much. I love you girl and I will truly miss you. May you rest in the loving arms of our Lord.


Posted by Tara Bowden - Knoxville, TN - Friend   November 07, 2013

RIP SARAH. May you dance among the clouds and watch over us and smile. You no longer have to worry about being in so much pain all the time. You will b missed by many. And are greatly loved by all that have had the pleasure of knowing you.

Posted by Ashley D'errico    November 06, 2013


My thoughts and sympathy are with Trent and his family at this sad time. We will keep all you in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Ben and Donna Bassett - Knoxville, TN - friends of Trent   November 06, 2013

Sarah and I met through a June 1998 Mom's group. When she moved to Colorado we became very close and talked every day. We lost touch for a while after she moved back to Tennessee but I thought of her often and was so very happy when we reconnected. Sarah had a heart of gold and a smile that could light up any room. She will be forever missed by so many. Rest in Peace Sarah.

Posted by Pamela Simmons - Colorado Springs, CO - friend   November 06, 2013

Sarah was always a wonderful and sweet human being. My love and prayers go out to her family.

Posted by Krista Loy    November 06, 2013

My condolences to Trent, Bill, and the rest of Sarah's family (including Dougal). I was glad to reconnect with Sarah on Facebook. Trent and Bill were the most important people in her life! I will miss you, Sarah!

Posted by Marcia Moneymaker - Knoxville, TN - former co-worker   November 06, 2013


Heartfealt condolences to Sarah's family. I love & miss my dear friend so much. Her humility, selflessness, loyalty, humor & strong work ethic had positive effect on more lives than I'm sure she ever knew.

Sarah never met a stranger. I realize that is a cliché that gets thrown around, but she truly did have a special talent to lift anyone's spirits - kids at the library, retail customers, clients she cared for in nursing positions, or just folks in passing. Her caring nature was certainly not reserved for people only, as she whole heartily extended herself to many furry creatures as well. I know she often visited animal shelters & I'm sure it took much restraint on her part to actually leave empty handed.

Sarah & I seemed to bond like superglue within minutes of meeting each other. I attribute this to her outgoing personality & ability to put anyone at ease. It was the first day for both of us at Laurel High School, fall of '88 two of only a handful of the new kids making up the full enrollment of about 30. She naturally excelled at being miss sweet Suzie Sunshine, but I was still using my skater-punk-cool-goth persona to mask my super shyness most often mistook as snobbery. Sarah, who could make anyone feel comfortable & loved within minutes saw right through it. We'd both chosen Laurel after particularly difficult times & were both looking for a change. What I found was the best friend I could have ever hoped to have. Her memory will be forever a blessing.

Posted by Krisha Song Parkey Miller - Durham, NC - friend   November 06, 2013

The light shined bright in Sarah, this is a sad and difficult time for her family. May she find eternal peace and she will live on in our hearts.

Posted by Gary Pope - Murfreesboro, TN   November 06, 2013

Leave a condolence or a memory.Sarah u will Truly be missed..i wish our pln to get together had nt fell were the sweetest and hardest working single mom..i Will always remember our times in high you

Posted by marie lister    November 06, 2013


Junior High School seems so far back now, but I'll never forget your friendship and kindness. God be with you and rest in peace.

Posted by Eddie Ensor    November 06, 2013

It broke my heart when I found out that my sweet friend had been taken from us way too soon. I've known Sarah my whole life and this is so so sad. I'm sorry for Sarah's sons and family for their loss, you are in my prayers.

Posted by Lori Haynes    November 06, 2013

So sorry to Sarah's sons and family. She was such a sweet person and will be missed. Jacque & family

Posted by Jacque Colclasure - Sevierville, TN - Friend   November 06, 2013


Can't even remember what year Sarah and I connected; all I know is she made a huge impact in my life. She was a beautiful, kind, sweet, funny, and generous person and she will never be forgotten. I love you Sarah and I will miss you.

Posted by Mary - Olympia, WA - Friend   November 06, 2013

I was saddened to hear of your passing. Sending out prayers to your children and family.

Posted by Lori Vanzant Ratti    November 05, 2013


Sarah was one of my best friends and I loved her dearly. We lost contact over the years but she always remained in my thoughts. I'll never forget her.

Posted by David Carlton Ogle - Dade City, FL - Best Friends   November 05, 2013


My deepest condolences to sarah's family and everyone who was lucky enough to have known and be loved by her...she will for ever be missed and remember for many things including her ssmile.

Posted by belinda ball - knoxville, TN - FRIEND   November 05, 2013

I am sad to know that sarah is no longer with us, I have known sarah since middle school...we had some good times and I still can't believe she is gone,i wish I had spent more time with her,but we became better friends through face book...I will miss and think of you often friend. rest in peace with your mom..GOD BLESS!

Posted by belinda ball - knoxville, TN - frieend   November 05, 2013

I am very saddened to hear of her passing. I wish we had been in touch more.

Posted by Jonathan Young - Cookeville, TN - middle school friends   November 05, 2013


Sarah's heart was as open as her mind. To have loved Sarah or been loved by her was a honor. Best Friends Forever, love and miss you always my dear friend.

Posted by Angie Ball - Knoxville, TN - Best Friend   November 05, 2013

I will always remember the good times we had at Tyson Middle School...thank you!

Posted by Errol Best    November 05, 2013