August Charles Popella

December 15, 1941 - May 14, 2013
August Charles Popella


On the morning of May 14, 2013 the Lord summoned home our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, August “Augie” Charles Popella, 71.

Born December 15, 1941 in Herminie, Pennsylvania, Augie is the son of the late Andre James and Myrtle Popella.

Following graduation from Sewickley High School in 1960, Augie faithfully served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps as Presidential Guard for President JF Kennedy, later earning a Purple Heart during his tour of service in Vietnam. Upon his return, he married his beloved wife of the last 47 years, Sally Jo Brace.

A Celebration of Life and reception of friends will be held on Sunday, May 26 from 1pm – 5pm at the home of John and Samantha Popella, 210 Weir Drive, Hampstead, NC 28443.

Augie is survived by his wife, Sally; daughter Dawn Michelle Pickford, husband Mark and grandchildren Marissa, Marli, Matthew and Malia Pickford of Sharpsburg, GA; son John Douglas Popella, wife Samantha and grandchildren Chase and Delaney Popella of Hampstead, NC; brothers Andy and Warren Popella of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

memorial contributions be made to American Cancer Society, 2202 Wrightsville Avenue, Suite 111, Wilmington, NC 28403

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  • May 18, 2013
    Leo Vozel says:
    Dear Sally and Family, Augie’s teammates/classmates from the Sewickley Area High School Class of ’61 championship football team – Jimmy Arlotta, Ivan Barin, Mel Fox, Bill Hunter, Chuck Karasek, Paul Krevokuch, Chuck Lipniskis, Russ Pivosan, Ron Sebeck, Ray Spoonhoward, Bob Stolick, Tom Zimmers and myself - extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family on the death our team Co-Captain and leader. He will be missed and remembered by all of us. With deepest regards, Leo Vozel, Co-Captain

  • May 17, 2013
    Mike Stebbins says:
    When I'm thinking about Augie I always think of the day we (I) moved all the dirt when you guys were putting in your pool at the house in Hempfield. The more dirt I moved, the more he poked at me, until most of the dirt was gone and he had drank most of the beer. I miss you guys.

  • May 16, 2013
    Ray Shamberger says:
    Sally You certainly have my deepest sympathy. Augie was a terrific guy. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him for a few years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ray