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Dr. Walter Grady Bishop, Jr.

Dr. Walter Grady Bishop, Jr., 76, resident of Thomson Circle passed away June 20, 2013 at the Hospice House in Greenwood, SC.

Born in Greenwood, SC Feb. 17, 1937 he was a son of the late Dr. Walter Grady Bishop and Martha Thurmond Bishop.

Dr. Bishop was a graduate of Greenwood High School, Davidson College, and the University of Pennsylvania Medical College. He completed his internship at Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. After serving a two year tour of duty for the United States Army at Fort Jackson, S.C. he practiced medicine in Greenwood, Laurens and Abbeville Counties for 42 years.

He is survived by his wife Ann Shield Bishop, 3 sons and daughters-in-law, John T. Bishop (Ruthie) of Irmo, SC, Whitner S. Bishop (Alison) of Spartanburg, SC and William H. Bishop (Ronni) of Charlotte, NC; 4 grandchildren Eliza, Henry and Martha of Spartanburg, SC and Reed of Charlotte, NC; 3 brothers Thurmond Bishop (Lucia) of Abbeville, SC, James of Atlanta, Georgia and Barry (Cindy) of Greenville, SC.

The family expresses its appreciation to his doctors, the staff at The Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, and for the unfailing graciousness of The Hospice House.

It is our request that anyone wishing to honor the life of Dr. Bishop can do so by a donation to Hospice of the Piedmont, 408 West Alexander Ave. Greenwood, SC 29646.

A Celebration of Dr. Bishop's life will be conducted Saturday July 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM in the Abbeville Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Carol Strickland officiating.

The family is at there respective homes.


Abbeville Presbyterian Church
Abbeville, SC
Saturday, July 06, 2013
11:00 AM

Memorial Contributions

Hospice of the Piedmont
408 West Alexander Ave
Greenwood, SC 29646

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Dear Ann- It has seemed like an eternity since I saw you and Dr. Bishop but I will never forget your kindness and Dr. Bishop's when I was in your home.I cherish that memory as I'm sure you do of all the good times. He leaves a wonderful legacy.God bless you and your family.

Frieda Schukowsky Aug 31 2013 12:00 AM

Walter was always a larger-than-life presence in our family to me; colorful and jovial and entertaining. Amy has said many times he was one of the most charming people she ever met. We are so sorry for your loss and will cherish our fond memories; he was one of a kind and will be greatly missed.Best wishes,Ted Freeman II and Amy Davis

Ted Freeman and Amy Davis Jul 8 2013 12:00 AM

The Memorial Service was beautiful, and portrayed Dr. Bishop as he truly was! I am praying that the family will hold good memories close to their hearts in the days to come. RIP my friend.

Olita Burdette Jul 6 2013 12:00 AM

Our hearts are saddened by the loss of our friend. We have fond memories of visiting in your home and working with him on the farm.Of course, we think his greatest accomplishment was delivering Heather into the world. We will miss him.Shirley Brown, Doris & Heather Blackmon

Shirley Brown Jul 6 2013 12:00 AM

Words can not express the extreme sadness I feel in loosing such a true friend and individual. Walter was always the best to all of his patient's rich or poor a like .He treasured the birth of each child he delivered! When I think of him I think of a verse in the Methodist hymnal. It suits him so well. Here I am Lord, is it I Lord, I can hear you calling in the night. I will go Lord where you lead me, and will hold your people in my heart. To you Walter, MY family and I will forever hold you in our hearts and will miss you dearly! Thank you for my two precious sons and the excellent care I received from you. May you rest in Peace and God Bless your family. Beth

Beth Dowtin Jul 6 2013 12:00 AM

We're sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Walter will be greatly missed.

"Dip" Polatty / Mark Phillips Jul 4 2013 12:00 AM

we are sorrytohear of Walter's passing. He was a great physician to me and I hope this is a comfort to aall of you that he did a lot to help everyone poor and rich alike. our sincere sympathies to his family and loved ones. sabra

Dr.willieb/sabramoseley Jul 2 2013 12:00 AM

Upon hearing of Walter's passing, I am deeply saddened. Walter and Anne were the best friends that I had while living in Greenwood. He was a gracious, kind and devoted friend. I will miss him terribly!Love to his family,Fred

Dr Fred Butehorn Jul 2 2013 12:00 AM

Dr. Bishop was a hero to me!! Over the years he always went over and beyond as my Doctor, he became a friend. When I was going through cancer treatments and was admitted to the hospital under others Doctors care, I would wake up early in the morning and Dr. Bishop would be sitting in the room. I never knew how he always knew when I was in there. That meant the world to me! He delivered me into this world, he made sure my babies made it full term ( which was not easy)and delivered them into this world, at 34 for he told me He was pretty sure I had cancer and then he told me it we are going to be Ok he would make sure of it. Every year on my birthday I would call he and ask him what he was doing so in so years ago at the time, he was always say I guess delivering your pretty behind. :) I was looking forward to that call this year on June 23, but he was called home 3 days before. He was my hero, I Loved him, trusted him and will dearly miss him!!

Jennifer Mason Jun 30 2013 12:00 AM

I am saddened by the loss of Walter. We were good friends first in Aiken you, playing tennis together at Strom and Jean Thurmond's, and as classmates and fraternity brothers at Davidson. I remember him as being very bright and energetic. I am thrilled as I read the comments of others he cared for over the years. He lived out his Christian commitment faithfully.

Drayton Sanders, MD Jun 30 2013 12:00 AM

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