Sunday, January 20, 2002
JACKSON, Mo. -- Paul J. Bishop, 77, of Jackson died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.
Born Nov. 2, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, he was the son of Lester A. And Lucinda Smith Bishop.
On Aug. 26, 1949, in Portageville, Mo., he married Betty L. Schwach.
Bishop was baptized and previously active at the Westside Church of God in Cape Girardeau, where he taught Sunday School and was the contractor for their educational building.
He will always be remembered as an avid outdoor sportsman. Bishop served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943-1946.
A 1943 class graduate of Cape Central High School, he was a proud member of an undefeated football team. Bishop then attended Southeast Missouri State University and played college football.
He worked for Bank Building and Equipment of Springfield, Ill., as an assistant supervisor and was heavily involved in the renovation of the former Cape County Savings Bank in Jackson.
From 1953-1956, Bishop owned and operated the Terrace Drive-In Restaurant in Jackson. From 1956-1963 he owned and operated Bishop Contracting. He was employed as a window clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Jackson, retiring after 22 years in 1985.
Survivors include his wife, Betty, of Jackson; daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Kevin Lukefahr of Phoenix, Ariz.,; sister Mrs. Truman "Eula" Cook of Sun City, Ariz., a granddaughter, Ashley L. Lukefahr and grandson, Joshua P. Lukefahr.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
Bishop donated his body for study to Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Mo. A memorial service may be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Jackson or the American Arthritis Foundation.