James E. Bishop

Published 2:37 pm Friday, June 28, 2019

James E. Bishop, 93, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Friday, June 28, 2019.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Dean officiating.  Interment will be at Black Jack Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Ivey Funeral Home. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to: Grace Hospice Foundation, 655 Brawley School Road, Suite 200, Mooresville, NC  28117 or Black Jack Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 2753 Old Whigham Road, Bainbridge, Ga. 39817.

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James Edward Bishop was born July 25, 1925 in Whigham, Ga., the son of Willie Henry and Armelia Knight Bishop. He married Virginia Mae Miller and they made their home in Southwest Georgia. He worked for many years at Climax Milling Co. and later retired from the FRM Store. James was a member of Black Jack Baptist Church.

James had a gentle spirit and a quiet demeanor. He enjoyed gardening, growing some the best vegetables around, and sharing his secrets with his customers. When baseball season rolled around, the Atlanta Braves were always a topic of conversation. It may come as a surprise that James was an avid fan of wrestling, wrestling of the Gordon Solie variety.

Survivors include his children, Susan B. Thompson and her husband, Tommy, of Bainbridge, Teresa Bishop of Blakely, and Eddie Bishop also of Bainbridge; his sister, Frances Hatcher of Baconton, Ga.; his grandchildren, Ryan & Emily Breezee; and his great-grandson, James Breezee. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Virginia Mae Miller Bishop; and his sisters, Nell Hatcher, Inez Thomas, and Sarah Voncile Palmer.