|Birth: ||Aug. 9, 1914|
|Death: ||Jun. 18, 2011|
Aug. 9, 1914 – June 18, 2011
Mr. Bishop was born in McNairy County, Tenn., and after graduating from Morris Chapel High School he attended Freed Hardeman and received a certificate to teach. His first teaching job was in Chewalla, Tenn., then at Gravel Hill, Tenn. In 1942, he came to Sheffield and was hired at Southern Railroad, where he worked for 37 years and retired in 1979.
After retirement he spent time making a garden and raising pecans, which he freely shared with his friends and family. He also drove cars for dealerships. He was very active in the Sheffield Senior Center. This past year he received a 50-year membership pin from the Masonic Lodge. He loved the neighborhood where he lived but when he became unable to live alone, he moved to Morningside in Sheffield. In February, he was elected Valentine King.
Ray was a very active member of the First Baptist Church, Sheffield, where he served as a deacon. After his love for the Lord Jesus Christ, he was most proud of his family.
Survivors include his sons, Frank (Peggy) and Larry (Nellie Sue); grandchildren, Bill (Gini), Brice (Carol), Barry (Jennifer), Bruce (Sanda), Belinda (Ben), Brett (Charlotte); and great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Leah, Mackenzie, Brooke, Will, Charlie Ann, Morgan, Tyler, Blair, Lee-Taylor, Ashley, Brittney, Ali and Nicholas.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Robert Lee and Mary Ida Wade Bishop; wife of 58 years, Lucy; brothers, Lester and James L.; sisters, Edna Tenry and Elna Bishop; an infant son; and twin infant great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Helen Keller Hospital, Morningside and especially Glenwood Rehab. Special thanks to Drs. Carmichael, Webb and Kassels for their care during his last days.
Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at First Baptist Church, Sheffield, with the funeral at 2 p.m. Berkley Webb will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Sheffield, with Morrison Funeral Home, Tuscumbia, directing.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Bill, Brice, Barry, Bruce, Brett, and Ben Aderholt, and great-grandsons, Will and Tyler.
His family knows that Pop is now walking on the streets of gold with his Lord.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like for donations to be made to First Baptist Church, Sheffield.
Published in Florence Times Daily on June 20, 2011
Mary Lucy Stanford Bishop (1936 - 1994)*
Created by: Joy
Record added: Jun 20, 2011
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