CEDAR MOUNTAIN, N.C. - George Hamlin Bishop, 85, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at his residence located in Colbert, where he resided with his daughter, Rachel Southers and family since 2010.
He was born in Cedar Mountain, N.C. on May 5, 1928, the son of the late Boyce and Helen Hudson Bishop. George was the eldest of seven children, predeceased in death by two siblings, Albert Bishop and Katherine Jones. Surviving are his siblings, James "Bud" Bishop, Cedar Mountain, N.C., Jane Elliott and husband Jim, Port Matilda, Pa., Arthur Bishop and wife Jennie, Brevard, N.C., and Mary A. Bishop, Cedar Mtn., N.C.
Mr. Bishop attended Brevard High School and enrolled in the pre-college class at Brevard College in 1945 where he lettered in football. He was a United States Army veteran who served his country from 1946-1950. He returned to the United States after serving in Japan and traveled throughout the country working various jobs. After many miles and numerous adventures he returned to his hometown in Cedar Mountain, N.C., where he raised his family and was a very loving and devoted father. Mr. Bishop retired from E.I. DuPont Corporation where he was employed for over 20 years. He spent most of his spare time raising farm animals and crops at his home and enjoyed collecting and selling antiques in his post retirement years. He was a member of Rocky Hill Baptist Church.
Survivors include his children, Mark Bishop and wife Cheryl, Asheville, N.C., and Rachel Southers and husband Jerry of Colbert; five grandchildren, Maggie Bishop, Brooke Armstrong and husband Wesley, Jordan Johnson, George “Cameron” Johnson, and Preston Johnson; four step-grandchildren, Jason Southers, Joni Eberhart and husband Ben, Kyle Southers, and Jeris Southers; one great-granddaughter, Kennedy Armstrong; and three step-great-grandchildren, Lindsey Eberhart, Landon Eberhart, and Riley Phillips.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 24, at 11 a.m. at Rocky Hill Baptist Church, Cedar Mountain, N.C. with the Rev. Oliver C. Skerrett, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are James Bishop, Robert Bishop, Alvin Bishop, Arthur Bishop, John Bishop and Jordan Johnson.
The family of George Bishop wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the staff of Gentiva Hospice Care of Athens, Ga., Crossroads Community Church of Athens, Ga. and Rocky Hill Baptist Church of Cedar Mtn., N.C.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, EAST, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.