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Robert (Bob) Carl Bishop, 75

Robert (Bob) Carl Bishop, 75, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on August 15, 2019. Bob was born October 25, 1943, in Niagara Falls, New York, to Carl Henry Bishop and Mable Katherine Clark-Bishop.  

Bob was an active member of the Jacksonville First Church of the Nazarene where he was a worship leader and choir director for several years. He also was a member of the Good News Fellowship Singing Group, traveling to churches around the country sharing the gospel message through song. Bob was well known by his church family for hosting men’s Bible Studies and providing hospitality to anyone in need.

 Bob retired from the United States Air Force after serving 22 years at the rank of Master Sergeant. After retirement, he began working with the Veterans Affairs office in Little Rock where he retired for the second time after 16 years of dedicated service.  Bob also enjoyed volunteering with his wife at Baptist Springhill Hospital where he was known for his coffee, hot chocolate and banter with patients’ families.

 Bob was a loving and devoted husband, an adoring father, and carried the title of doting grandfather with pride. Bob’s warm, witty and welcoming personality charmed those who came into contact with him. Bob was a man who pursued the heart of God, and one who served his Lord, his family, and his local church with loving humility.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Mable Bishop, and sister, Katherine Smith.

 Bob is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Lois Bishop; children Carla Piggee (Ken) of Mesquite, Texas, and Elizabeth Martin (Jeff) of Rockwall, Texas; granddaughters McKinley Martin, Olivia Martin, and Addison Piggee; brother-in-law Rick Larson; sister-in-law Bonnie Lindsay; mother-in-law Lois Larson; and a host of nieces and nephews to carry on and honor his memory.

Bob’s visitation will be on Monday, August 19, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 11:00am with burial following at Arkansas Veterans Cemetery, in North Little Rock Arkansas at 1:00pm. 

Donations in Bob’s honor may be to the Jacksonville First Church of the Nazarene.  

Services are under the trusted direction of  A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. 

Link to Bob’s Memorial Video

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  • Lisa & Randy Nash Posted August 15, 2019 10:15 PM

    Randy and I were sad to hear of Bob’s passing. You and your family will be in our prayers.

  • Martha Cullins Posted August 16, 2019 10:41 AM

    I was privileged to work with Bob for many years at VA Regional Office and then to volunteer at Baptist Health Medical Center. I will always remember his sweet spirit and his sense of humor. He will be greatly missed, but I know he is walking those streets of gold in Heaven now and is free of pain. Lois, you and your family are in my prayers.

  • The Nelsons (Wayne, Paula, Bre, Dalton) Posted August 16, 2019 4:14 PM

    Aunt Lois,
    You, Carla, Liz, and family are in our hearts and prayers.
    We are saddened to hear the news of Uncle Bob’s passing. Our hearts are heavy with sorrow for we have lost a GREAT man, but our loss is heaven’s gain and heaven has gained an even GREATER man. From as far back as I can remember until now, I could always look up to Uncle Bob (in more ways than one).
    Our love to you all.

  • Mary Jane Webb Posted August 16, 2019 7:08 PM

    I worked with Bob when he volunteered st Baptist Health NLR. He was a very special person and I enjoyed talking to him and Lois every Tuesday morning. He’s bringing me hot chocolate on those mornings was a extra pleasure I looked forward to. Bob will truly missed but I know he will be watching over everyone from Heaven

  • Carl Kitchens Posted August 16, 2019 7:56 PM

    What a wonderful man!!!!

  • Jolene Highfill Posted August 19, 2019 7:22 PM

    So sad to hear that Bob passed away, but what joy he must be experiencing in heaven! Loved the tribute video. Praying for your strength and comfort in this difficult time. Love your family!

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