|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1936|
|Death: ||Mar. 11, 2009|
Marcel Bolivar Bishop, 72, passed away March 11, 2009 at his residence in DeRidder.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 14th at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in DeRidder. Rev. Mike McLaurin and Rev. George Lee Glass officiated. Burial followed Lewis Cemetery under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home.
Bolivar was born and reared in Beauregard Parish and was first elected sheriff in 1971. Since that time he instituted sound financial management practices in the department's operations that made Beauregard Parish a model for parish criminal, civil, and tax offices around the state. He sponsored a youth recreation program through his annual basketball clinic for area youth. He established the D.A.R.E. Program in Beauregard Parish which has reached thousands of young people since its foundation. He was instrumental in setting up a Neighborhood Watch Program as well as patrol checks of the elderly.
During his tenure in office, Bolivar initiated innovative programs which included satellite offices throughout the rural areas of the parish, supervision and control of a 160 bed facility, a voluntary reserve auxiliary, and inmate work crews. He was the sole collector for all local ad valorem and sales/use taxes for Beauregard Parish, one of the first sheriffs in Louisiana to accomplish this undertaking.
Bolivar served as president of the Louisiana Sheriff's Association and founded the Louisiana Sheriff's Task Force, an elite organization comprised of two well-trained deputy sheriffs from each of the 64 parishes. The task force is activated in extreme emergencies that may threaten the citizens of Louisiana. He served on the Louisiana Sheriff's Pension & Relief Fund Board of Trustees.
Bolivar was a member of the First Untied Methodist Church and served on the Board of Directors of the Greater DeRidder Area Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Association and was a 32nd degree Mason. He held membership in the Beauregard and Louisiana Cattlemen's Associations and in the DeRidder Rotary Club where he was designated a Paul Harris Fellow. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from McNeese State University and served two years as a First Lieutenant in the Adjutant General Corp in the United States Army Reserves.
Prior to his entry into public service as sheriff, Bolivar was a banker and a graduate of the SMU School of Banking. He served on the Board of Directors for City Savings Bank in DeRidder.
Bolivar's strong qualities of leadership won the respect and emulation of law enforcement agencies across the state. The citizens of Beauregard Parish endorsed his tenure in office for 36 years in nine primary elections.
Sheriff Bishop, when elected in 1971, was the youngest serving sheriff and upon his retirement in June 2008, he held the distinction of being the longest serving sheriff in the state. On July 10, 2009, he will be inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame.
Bolivar was preceded in death by his parents, Marcel and Bessie Mae Bishop. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Harriette Holland Bishop; his children Mary Bishop and Jill Cooper and husband Aaron; his grandchildren Zack, Jay, Andrew and Kate; his sister Brenda Jones and husband Johnny.
Pallbearers will be Richard Blankenship, David Burton, George Fisher, Carroll Green, L.R. "Pop" Hataway, Zachary Major, Jim McCarty and Hal Turner.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Blackman, Chuck Bosley, Allen Bradley, Randy Brown, Dwayne Cooley, Mike Calloura, Bobby Cudd, John Gates, Gary Godair, Charles Green, Jerald Hanchey, Ken Hanchey, Bill Iles, Claude Jeane, Vincent Labue, David Lestage, Jerry Lewis, Mike Mathis, Jim Roberts, Bonnie Lee Smith, Stanley Vidrine, Norman Wertz and Patrick Wertz.
It was Sheriff Bishop's request that donations be made to fund a scholarship which will be used to benefit area youth. An account has been established at the City Savings Bank in DeRidder.
Marcel Bishop (1905 - 1989)
Bessie Mae Bishop (1914 - 2004)
Created by: Duffie and Kathy
Record added: Mar 12, 2009
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