Donald Edwin Bishop Obituary- Death, Donald Edwin Bishop Funeral

By | January 4, 2022

Donald Edwin Bishop Obituary- Death, Donald Edwin Bishop Funeral

BISHOP, Donald Edwin, 89, of Cumberland, Virginia, went to be with the Lord the morning of December 31, 2021. He was born in Spartanburg, S.C., to his parents, Furman Baxter Bishop and his mother, Ruth “Roselle” McCraw Bishop. Donald is survived by his wife, for 68 years, Lena “Jean” Ballenger Bishop; and two sisters, Betty Jo Ballenger of Greenville, S.C., Debbie Kay Fincher and her husband, Dwain, of Pauline, S.C.; four sons, Donald Daryl Bishop and his wife, Cheri, of Powhatan, Va., Thomas Alan Bishop and his wife, Dianne, of Cumberland, Va., Joel Duane Bishop and his wife, Barbara, of Cumberland, Va. and Christopher Edwin Bishop and his wife, Linda, of Cumberland, Va. There are nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren (with two more on the way) and three great-great-grandchildren, all of whom he cherished. He was raised on a farm in Inman, S.C., where he became a distinguished student and athlete (once scoring 53 points in a high school basketball game), where he received the nickname “Hollywood.” He served in the Army during the Korean War, afterwards he drove a truck for many years. He then moved to Cumberland, Va., and began farming and was the first farmer in Virginia to commercially grow broccoli in Virginia. He received a “Lifetime Achievement” award from the Virginia Farm Bureau for his service to farmers in Virginia. He is best known for his kindness to everyone, his devotion to his wife and love for his family. He was Chairman of the deacons for many years at Tar Wallet Baptist Church, where his servant heart attended to many who needed help without regard to position, race, creed or culture. He truly demonstrated Matthew 25: 35-40. He wrote in his high school yearbook “Dare to be a Daniel” and he lived by that motto while inspiring others to do so as well.BISHOP, Donald Edwin, 89, of Cumberland, Virginia, went to be with the Lord the morning of December 31, 2021. He was born in Spartanburg, S.C., to his parents, Furman Baxter Bishop and his mother, Ruth “Roselle” McCraw Bishop. Donald is survived by his wife, for 68 years, Lena “Jean” Ballenger Bishop; and two sisters, Betty Jo Ballenger of Greenville, S.C., Debbie Kay Fincher and her husband, Dwain, of Pauline, S.C.; four sons, Donald Daryl Bishop and his wife, Cheri, of Powhatan, Va., Thomas Alan Bishop and his wife, Dianne, of Cumberland, Va., Joel Duane Bishop and his wife, Barbara, of Cumberland, Va. and Christopher Edwin Bishop and his wife, Linda, of Cumberland, Va. There are nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren (with two more on the way) and three great-great-grandchildren, all of whom he cherished. He was raised on a farm in Inman, S.C., where he became a distinguished student and athlete (once scoring 53 points in a high school basketball game), where he received the nickname “Hollywood.” He served in the Army during the Korean War, afterwards he drove a truck for many years.

He then moved to Cumberland, Va., and began farming and was the first farmer in Virginia to commercially grow broccoli in Virginia. He received a “Lifetime Achievement” award from the Virginia Farm Bureau for his service to farmers in Virginia. He is best known for his kindness to everyone, his devotion to his wife and love for his family. He was Chairman of the deacons for many years at Tar Wallet Baptist Church, where his servant heart attended to many who needed help without regard to position, race, creed or culture. He truly demonstrated Matthew 25: 35-40. He wrote in his high school yearbook “Dare to be a Daniel” and he lived by that motto while inspiring others to do so as well.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, January 8 at Tar Wallet Baptist Church, Cumberland, Va.; his family will receive friends at 1 p.m. and the service will begin at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to either Tar Wallet Baptist or the Alzheimer’s Association. Puckett Funeral Home is serving the family. www.puckettfh.com