After a violent battle with glioblastoma, Bobby Bishop Jr. departed for Heaven on Saturday, February 20, 2021, where he was reunited with his mother, Nyokia Taylor Bishop, and mother-in-law, Juanita Skidmore Baker. and countless other family members and loved ones.
Bobby grew up in Benton, spent his younger years working in the family’s grocery store and playing baseball as much as possible – a sport he loved and played well.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in business with a major in accounting from UTC. Bobby passed the CPA exam in the first session and received the highest score in the state of Tennessee and the 21st highest score in the nation. He then graduated from UTK with a law degree.
Later, after working in both accounting and law, Bobby went freelance and opened his first quick-lubricant store, which eventually grew to three locations.
Although his time on earth was far too short, Bobby used his talents and resources generously and never hesitated to help others. He was a loyal friend, advisor, and mentor to many, and he left this world a better place than he found it. His legacy will live on through the countless lives he has touched in his 57 years.
Left to carry his light is his beloved wife, Charlotte “Susie” Baker Bishop; Father, Bobby Bishop Sr .; Brother Mark (Elisa) Bishop; Sister Kalin (Randy) Morris; Nephews: Taylor Andrew Morris, Will Bishop, and Seth Bishop (Lauren Passmore); and father-in-law Jim Baker.
The family received friends at the Coffey Funeral Home Chapel in New Tazewell on Monday.
The family then held a private tour and funeral service at the Higgins Funeral Home in Benton on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Rev. Charlie D. Widner officiated at the grave before Bobby was buried next to his mother in Benton Memorial Gardens in his hometown. Pallbearers were Christopher Widner, Scott Dison, Jesse Sulfridge, Sam Daugherty, Taylor Andrew Morris, Seth Bishop, Will Bishop and Terry Bishop.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Bobby’s memory and legacy of kindness by making a donation to a charity of your choice.