Virgil Wade Bishop age 72 of Paris, died Friday, September 29, 2023, at his residence.
Virgil worked for many years as the Service Department Manager at Emerson Electric, before retiring from B & G Equipment. He was a member of Mansfield Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, and eventually becoming an ordained minister. Following his ordination, Virgil pastored churches in Carroll and Henry Counties. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, working in the yard, and spending time with his family. Virgil always put others first and dedicated his life to serving others before himself.
Born May 26, 1951, in Granite City, IL, Virgil was the son of the late Curtis Bishop and Iva Green Weaks.
Virgil married Shelia Knott Bishop August 20, 1970, and she survives of Paris.
In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Penny Strickland of Buchanan, Krista (Buford) Taylor of McKenzie, and Kelly (Chris) Page of Paris; a sister, Glenda Jones of Granite City, IL; four grandchildren, Chase Clayton, Hailey Strickland, Lilli Taylor and Alyvia Bishop; two great grandchildren, Jaedyn Golden and Emerie Ingram; two sisters in law, Janice Williams of Buchanan, and Janet Barton of McKenzie; and a brother in law, Larry Knott of Greenfield.
Along with his parents, he was also preceded in death by his stepfather who raised him from the age of 8, Franklin Weaks; and a brother, Eugene Bishop.
Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap St., / P.O. Box 788, Paris, TN 38242, will be handling the arrangements. Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at the Mansfield Baptist Church 2465 Mansfield Rd, Mansfield, TN 38236 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at the Mansfield Baptist Church with Jim Twilbeck and Gerry Gallimore officiating.
Serving as pallbearers for the service will be Chase Clayton, Jaedyn Golden, Buford Taylor, Charles Lee, Chris Page, Jim Arthurs, Curtis Neal, and Jacob Pinson.
Burial will follow the service in the Mansfield Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Gideons International, Henry County Camp P.O. Box 583, Paris, TN 38242.