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Tex Carlton Bishop, devoted husband, loving father, and patriarch of the Bishop family, reunited with his beloved wife of 63 years, Carolyn, in the early morning hours of January 11th, 2023 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, Kentucky.
He spent his 85 years of life in Washington County, Kentucky and was born on July 19, 1937 to the late Mattie Blanche Young Bishop.
He was a pillar of the community, a Kentucky Colonel and a loyal servant leader of the River of Life Church. Tex dedicated countless years as a band booster, bus driver, baseball/softball coach, volunteer at Heavenly Treasures as well as a caretaker for the building and grounds of River of Life. Tex retired from Armour in 1998 after 30 years of service. He also was the owner and operator of Bishop Milk Service for over 30 years.
Tex’s life was encapsulated with moments and memories spent with his loved ones, countless rounds of golf, endless summers herding grandkids, early mornings in his milk truck, and numerous family vacations of sometimes over 30 people, where the occasional margarita was a welcome sight. Tex cared for his family fiercely, proclaimed his faith loudly, supported his children proudly, and loved his wife deeply until his final days where they are finally together again.
Preceding him in death was his wife, Carolyn Lou Hudson Bishop; a grandson, William Brandon Carpenter; a sister, Mary Ada Russell and five brothers, Leroy Bishop, Marshall Bishop, Jack Bishop, Elbert Bishop and Reco Bishop.
Tex is remembered and loved by a multitude of family members including three daughters, Debbie Wheatley, Sandy Carpenter (Joe) and Sharon Shuler all of Springfield; two sons, Terry Bishop (Patricia) of Springfield and Steven Bishop (Stephanie) of Cumming, Georgia; fifteen grandchildren, Joshua Wheatley (Brooke), Nicole Arnold ( Jimmy), Brian Carpenter (Christa), Stephanie Ennis (Jon), Matthew Carpenter, Tara Curtsinger (Alan), Patrick Bishop, Jennifer Short (Justin), Robert Lewis (Emmalee), Lily Bishop, Finnegan Bishop, Darcy Bishop, Rory Bishop, Brittany Lyons (Craig) and Jacob Shuler (Samantha); fifteen great grandchildren and two brothers, Gerald Bishop (Linda) and Thomas Bishop (Linda) of Springfield.
His life will be celebrated with both the visitation and funeral at the River of Life Church. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 Monday, January 16th and the funeral will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday with visitation starting at 8:00 a.m., Rev. Troy Shelton will be officiating and he will be assisted by Rev. Mac Marye.
Tex’s body will be laid to rest on Cemetery Hill.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the granddaughters and their spouses.
His casket will be carried by his grandsons.
In lieu of flowers the family invites you to make a donation in Tex’s memory to the River of Life Church.
Carey & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
River of Life Church
1250 KY-555, Springfield KY 40069