Obituary: Betty Lou Herrington Bishop

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Betty Lou Herrington Bishop, 75, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage, Tenn. after suffering a long battle with Alzheimer's.

She was born on Oct. 6, 1935. Mrs. Bishop was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Lewisburg. She worked most of her life at home raising her five children, but as a young woman, worked at the telephone company in Lebanon, Ohio, as a switchboard operator and later worked as a school crossing guard in Franklin, Tenn. Her sisters were her best friends, and her family was the center of her life. She was fun loving, humble, kind, and will be missed by all.

Mrs. Bishop was preceded in death by her parents, Kirk Wood and Anna Irene (Melampy) Herrington of Lebanon, Ohio, and three sisters, Mary Katherine Herrington and Phyllis Jean Herrington of Lebanon, Ohio, and Anna Arlene Paugh of Middletown, Ohio.

She is survived by her husband, Roy Able Bishop of Lewisburg; three sisters, Libbie Jane Masterson of Loveland, Ohio, Caroline Louise Bursk of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Janet Dalene Hawk of Acworth, Ga.; two sons, Daniel Wayne Bishop and wife Kaye, and Joey Dale Bishop and wife Kristy, both of Lewisburg; three daughters, Vickie Layne Simpson of Pinson, Tenn., Jennifer Delane Wiggins and husband Cecil of Chestnut Mound, Tenn., and Mary Angela Swearengin and husband Darrell of Knoxville; seven grandchildren, Nicole Layne Tosh and husband Kevin of Washington, D.C., and Ashley Irene Simpson, Kenneth Roy Simpson, Eric Brandon Bynum, and Matthew Robert Barnett, all of Pinson, and Leslie Dale Bishop and Haley Anne Bishop of Lewisburg; and five stepgrandchildren, Jeremy Epperson of Henderson, Chad Bynum of Jackson, Tenn., and Kayla Isley, Brit Isley, and Jonathan Jarrell of Lewisburg.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 26, at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, with Bro. Paul Lucas officiating.

Graveside services and burial followed at New Hope Cemetery, Cornersville.

The pallbearers were Eric Bynum, Kenneth Simpson, Matthew Barnett, Brit Isley, Cecil Wiggins, and Jerry Gilbert.

The honorary pallbearers were Leslie Bishop, Jonathan Jarrell, and Darrell Swearengin.

London Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.