Visitation for Mrs. Bishop will be 9-10:50 a.m. Friday at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 720 East College St. in Union City. Funeral services will be held the same date and place at 11 a.m., with the Revs. A.E. McCadney and Royce Oliver officiating, assisted by minister Greg Hussey. Interment will follow at the Obion County Memorial Gardens.
Honorary pallbearers will be R.V. Oliver, Jeremiah Parham, Stacey Parham and Dale Brown.
Active pallbearers will be Maurice L. Bishop, Royce Oliver, Rodney Oliver, Tim Brown, Maurice Bishop Jr. and Damon Rowland.
Pettus Rowland Funeral Home in Paducah, Ky., is in charge of arrangements.
Julia Jean (Brown) Bishop was born April 13, 1941, in Humboldt. Her parents were the late Wylie and Tommie (Youl) Brown.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tammi (Bishop) Washington; her son, Keith W. Bishop; her husband, James E. Bishop; four brothers, M.H., Willie, Robert and Hugh; five sisters, Ocebell, Geneva, Jane, Bonnie and Floyd; her grandfather, Ruben B. Brown; and her great-grandmother, Eliza Brown.
Julia was married to James E. Bishop and from this union they had four children: Maurice (MaryAnn) Bishop, Melanie Bishop, Keith Bishop and Tammi Bishop.
Her passion was playing basketball. She played for the former Miles High School in Union City and graduated from there. She played semi-pro basketball for the Comets in Hammond, Ind., and also attended Purdue University, studying drafting and blue printing.
She retired from Inland Steel after 25 years of service. She was a member of United Steel Workers Local 1010 and was an active member of Amvets Post 6 in Gary, Ind.
She leaves to cherish her legacy of love her daughter, Melanie; her son and daughter-in-law, Maurice and MaryAnn; her sisters, Patsy Oliver and June Tucker; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives; a wide circle of friends in Gary; five grandchildren, Jessica Bishop, Maurice Bishop Jr., Jennifer Tribue and Steven Tribue, all of Nashville, and Resheena Bishop of Austin, Texas; and nine great-grandchildren, Damian, Jakayla, Riley, Jeremiah, Kimora, Caziah, Clarence IV, Landon and Braelynn.