The funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Shipp Chapel Baptist Church, Georgia Highway 49 South, Americus, Georgia. Reverend Daniel Clinton, Pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Staley Memorial Gardens, Corner of Souther Field Road and Mayo Street, Americus, Georgia.
Herchel was born March 7, 1940 in Terrell County, Georgia to the late Emroe Bishop Sr. and Jessie Mae Miller Bishop. Four siblings, Paul Bishop, Silas Bishop, Sammie Lee Pope and Joe Tom Bishop, preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his stepson, Mickey Thornton, and two sons-in-law, Larry Burks, Sr. and Kenneth Brown. He was educated in the public school system of Terrell County, Georgia. At an early age, he joined the Second Shiloh Baptist Church of Brownwood, Georgia. After the family moved to Americus, Sumter County, Georgia, he worked with various companies, including Altair Mobile Home of Americus, Georgia, King Custom of Ellaville, Georgia, Wheatley Engineering and Construction Company of Americus, Georgia and Bowman Colwell, Inc., as a carpenter and construction worker.
After moving to Montezuma, Macon County, Georgia, he joined the Second Salem Baptist Church, and later he joined the Zion Grove Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend E. L. Clark, Jr.
He became acquainted with Lillie Bell Thornton and family, and for the past thirty years, they lived a happy and joyous life. She was his love, his confidante, his friend, his caretaker, and the joy of his life. He leaves a legacy of many golden memories to his companion over thirty years, Lillie Bell Thornton, Montezuma, Georgia; a beloved daughter, Teresa Bishop Burks, Albany, Georgia; two grandchildren, Larry Burks and Tiffany Burks; five great grandchildren, Ja’Monzea Burks, Ja’Landon Burks, Larry Lee Burks, III, Daniel Burks and De’Corlyn Miller; five siblings, Betty Joe (Willie) Prince, Annie (William) Nelson, all of Americus, Georgia, Emroe Bishop, Jr., Leslie, Georgia, Freddie (Joann) Bishop and Carrie Williams all of Americus, Georgia; former sister-in-law, Mozelle Bishop. His extended family include his beloved Lillie Bell’s children, Elizabeth Tookes, Emma Thornton, Lillie Brown, and Sherronda Miller; two devoted friends Mike Quinn and Eric Mann; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
- SARA CLEMONS(Friday, February 28 14 04:33 pm EST)
LET JEHOVAH'S DEEP LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING HELP YOU IN YOUR GRIEF.
- caroline(Thursday, February 27 14 10:55 pm EST)
With deepest belated sympathy to the my uncle's family.
- Mr.Marlon B. Sanford(Sunday, February 16 14 08:39 pm EST)
Sorry for your lost but may the lord keep you and your family strong doing this time of sadness. My God keep on loving all of you all
- Carolyn Nelson Carson(Sunday, February 16 14 07:17 pm EST)
May the peace of God be with you at this time. I pray that the lord will strengthen and keeep you you in his care.
- Faustina Nelson(Sunday, February 16 14 07:12 pm EST)
my prayers are with you as you go throught this time of sorrow.
- Wade(Sunday, February 16 14 02:37 pm EST)
God has called Home a Great Man. I can still hear your once favorite line " I'M A BAD MAN" you always made us laugh as Kids coming up. Today I say good bye to my Uncle...Miss ya Wade...
- Ophelia & Octavia Waters & Families(Friday, February 14 14 06:21 pm EST)
my thoughts and prayers are with family