Gilbert W. Bishop, age 89, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Horizon Bay in Graham, Texas. Graveside services with Military Honors will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at Restland Cemetery in Olney. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Graham, with Carter Pirtle, pastor of First Baptist Church of Skellytown, officiating, assisted by Cleve Kirby, pastor of First Baptist Church of Slayton. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home of Olney.
Gilbert was born April 8, 1925 in Winters, Texas, to the late John T. and Ora Lee (Foster) Bishop. He received his BA degree in physics/math from Oklahoma Baptist University. He taught school for one year, then worked for Sinclair Oil Company for 11 years. He retired from Celanese Chemical Company in Bishop, Texas, after 28 years as plant operator. He married Joyce Lee Skelton on Sept. 5, 1946, in Osage, Okla. Gilbert was a member of the First Baptist Church in Graham. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Marvin Bishop; and one sister, Glenda Bishop.
Most people call their grandfathers grandpa, but that just wasn't going to work out. When trying to say "granddad" all that came out was "guhdad." Over the years, "guh" became "gee" and it stuck.
My G-Dad - lover of ice cream, maker of snow cones and cleaner of freckles. One evening, after eating chocolate ice cream, G-Dad was struggling to get a spot of chocolaty goodness off my hand when I looked up at him and said "G-Dad, that's a freckle."
G-Dad was also in the Army. He was ready to receive his pilot's license as World War II ended.
Most importantly, he was a true embodiment of what it meant to be a man of God. He was the son of a Baptist preacher whom he admired very much. They would lose track of time talking about the Bible. G-Dad faithfully served as deacon for 57 years. He also loved singing hymns, even though he wasn't always in tune. Ultimately his life was centered around his Heavenly Father and that was evident to all who met him. Because of that, we know that there is rejoicing in Heaven because G-Dad is finally home and is finally face-to-face with his Savior. And there's a good chance he's catching up with his dad.
Gilbert is survived by his loving wife of over 67 years, Joyce Bishop of Graham; daughters: Jaxie Fraley of Dallas, Ga., and Kathy Pirtle and husband, Carter, of Skellytown; two grandchildren: Krista Pirtle of Lubbock and Colin Pirtle of Skellytown; and one sister, Norma Williams and husband, Curtis, of Stuttgart, Ark.
Family will receive visitors at Graham First Baptist Church Friday, June 20, 2014 from 12:30- 2 p.m.
The family suggests memorials be made to South Texas Children's Home, P.O. Box 1210, Beeville, TX 78104.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lunnfuneralhome.com.