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Bobby Dean Bishop


Last updated 10/19/2020 at 2:52pm

Bobby Dean Bishop, 93, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2020.

  Born in Landrum, S.C., on Oct. 3, 1927, he was the son of Elbert and Jessie (Lawter) Bishop. He moved to Tryon, N.C., at the age of 2 and that became his hometown. 

In 1945 he ventured up to New York and worked on the Hudson River day excursion boat up and down the Hudson River.  He served two years, 1946-1947, in the United States Navy. After leaving the Navy, he came to Brevard to attend Brevard College, and Brevard became his home. 

  He went to work for Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation in Pisgah Forest in 1951, and retired in 1982 from the Research and Development Department. Early retirement gave him the opportunity to spend quality time with his family. He was very independent and even at the age of 93 worried about his family other than himself. 

  He was preceded in death by both of his parents in 1990, and was also preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Ruby Galloway Bishop, in 1995.

  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Brevard, a member of Dunn’s Rock Masonic Lodge and the Oasis Shrine Temple headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., and was also a member of VFW and American Legion.

  He is survived by his daughters, Marinda (Tommy) Parris, of Brevard, and Deanna Medford, also of Brevard; his granddaughter, Leslie (Greg) Pressley, of Penrose; great-granddaughter, Jordan Pressley, of Brevard, and his great-grandson, Lane Pressley, of Nashville, Tenn .; and his great-great-granddaughter, Khamoni Lucas, of Brevard; his blended family, granddaughters, Jessie (BJ) Riggs and three children, of Pisgah Forest, Cassie (Seth) Gerring and two children, of Brevard; and grandson, Brandon (Karin) Medford and four children, of Greer, S.C.; his only sister, Martha Wheeler, of Brevard; along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

  He was a quiet, gentle man. He never raised his voice and his favorite saying was, “Less you say, the less you have to take back.” Words of wisdom to live by. He was “Gramps” to us all. He loved his family with all his heart and soul.

Memorials can be made to: Shriners Hospital for Children, Greenville, 950 W Ferris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

  A graveside service was held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory, with Rev. Jeff Maynard officiating. Military honors were provided by the United States Navy and the Transylvania County Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be left at

  Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.


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