Mr. Bishop had attended the Walnut Lane Elementary School and was a 1950 graduate of Dexter High School. He had worked from 1956-1982 with Barnes Grocery, Hart's Truckline, and Inman Freight Systems. In 1982 he went to work for Century 21 Flower Realty and retired in 2003 from L.W. Trammell and Son Real Estate. He had been a member of the Oneness Pentecostal Church in Essex since 1950. He had served in the U.S. Army.
On Dec. 4, 1955, he was married to Lenora Duncan in Essex.
Surviving are his wife, Lenora Bishop of Dexter; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Cherie Bishop of Jefferson City, Steve and Terri Bishop of Dexter; three grandchildren, Craig and Sarah Bishop, both of Jefferson City and Erica Gentry of Dexter; two sisters, Ruth Gunn of Florissant and Jan Curtis of Imperial; two brothers, Bob Bishop of Jackson, Tenn., and Wayne Bishop of Turlock, Calif.
He was preceded in death by six sisters, Gladys Barksdale, Hassel Russell, Lovie Wallen, Esther Wheelis, Olene Miller and Vivian Smith.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, at Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter with Rev. Bob Moore of Broseley officiating. Full military honors will be conducted at Hagy Cemetery by Stoddard County Veterans Honor Guard.
Interment will follow in the Hagy Cemetery in Dexter with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.