Bill Bishop

October 27, 1940 - August 4, 2016

Mr. Bill Bishop of Farmersville, Texas passed away Thursday August 4, 2016 in Farmersville, Texas. He was born October 27, 1940 in Olney, Texas. He was the son of William Frank Bishop Sr. and Lenora Hulme Bishop. Bill Graduated from Throckmorton High School which is where he grew up. Then went to Weatherford College where he played basketball and golf, but more importantly met his future wife Betty Ford. They were married July 24, 1959 in Millsap, Texas  and had just celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.  Upon graduating from the University of North Texas he began a career of over 30 years in the field of education.  He began his career at Boyd ISD and then moved to Farmersville which became home for the family which is where all of his children and grandchildren graduated. He served as a teacher, coach and principal at Farmersville Independent School District. His education career was interrupted by a successful 10 year stint in the insurance business as he started the Farm Bureau Office in Farmersville.  He then returned to his love of education to finish his career where he started at Boyd and then back to Farmersville until his retirement. As education was so important to him, he was especially proud of the fact that all of his grandchildren are college graduates.  He was also vitally involved in Farmersville civic activities as he was usually in the middle of anything going on. He was also a member of the Farmersville Church of Christ and a member of the Farmersville Masonic Lodge #214 for 49 years. Bill is survived by his wife Betty of Farmersville, children; Bobby Bishop and wife Patty and Becky Adamson and husband Kevin all of Farmersville. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Robert Bishop of Dallas, Kylie Bishop of Austin, Garrett Kurtis of Midland and Katie Adamson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 P.M. Sunday at the Farmersville, Church of Christ with Bro. Clint Brown officiating and interment will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 P.M. Saturday evening at the Hurst's Fielder Baker Funeral Home in Farmersville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Farmersville Education Foundation to establish a scholarship for future education majors.


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Mr. Bishop was a great principal. He never made you feel less than your were. He disciplined and taught with a steady hand, but was very kind. He had a sense of humor and always had a smile on his face. FHS has lost another in the legacy of the school. I'm sure Mr. and Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Dodson, and Mrs. Carpenter are waiting for you. Nancy Hendrex Chumbley, August 9, 2016 Too many memories of Mr. BIshop- . A great man who taught so many of us great life lessons. You shared so much in your time on earth and now you are shining bright in heaven. God bless your family and the community as they mourn your loss. It was an honor knowing you. RIP Clennie Hawthorne Clennie Shinn Hawthorne, August 8, 2016 Mr. Bishop's passing is a reminder to us all of our mortality. His legacy can be found in the lives of the people he touched, personally my life has been shaped by great people like Bill who instructed me at Farmersville High School. God Bless the Bishop family for your loss Jack Dickerson, August 7, 2016 Betty, we are so sorry to hear of Bill's death! Bill hired me for my first coaching job, at Farmersville, in 1965. I have always admired Bill and his family and have fond memories of my time with him. One great memory is that He and I went to Fairpark one night to watch a hockey game. We knew so little about hockey that we left after the 2nd period, thinking of two halves, we did not realize there were three periods! I want you to know that I will always be thankful to him for all he did for me. Again, Janelle and I are so sorry for your loss. Please contact us if there is anything we can do for you! Always, Robert and Janelle 155 CR 2111 Quitman, Tx. 75783 Robert and Janelle Linker, August 7, 2016 Warden bishop is what us class of 95 called him. I helped him move in to his house when he first came back he was a great principal and friend to all of us. He will be missed greatly my the Lord be with Mrs Bishop,Bobby bishop and the rest of the family Jason casada, August 6, 2016 I first became a classmate of Bill(y) in 1949 when I moved to Throckmorton. We shared many memories together on the golf course and on the Basketball court. In fact on a hot July 4 day in 1955, we both started golf together. I also have many stories about our endeavors to make good grades in high school, but they can't be put to print for those of you who were his students or family. After High School graduation in 1958 we both went to college at North Texas. Because of our children, he became all OU and I became all UT. This led to many fun fest conversations every October. We exchanged Christmas cards every year thru 2015. Betty and family you have been blessed to have such a wonderful husband and father. May God continue to bless you. James Baker Richmond, Tx August 6, 2016 James Baker, August 6, 2016 Our deepest condolences to the Bishop family. My children grew up with Bobby and Becky so I came to know Bill and Betty in a very special way. I think everyone in town has known this wonderful family for many years and loved them all so much. Prayers for the family during this difficult time. Marsha Gist Hinze, August 6, 2016 I want to extend my deepest condolences to the Bishop family. I am entering my 18th year as a teacher and coach all because of Mr. Bishop. I was not on the path to being a teacher. He saw something in me that others didn't. He recruited me to be a teacher/coach and told me that I had the power to change lives. I have been doing that for 18 yrs. I just want to say that Mr. Bishop gave me most of that power and taught me how to use it. For that, I will forever be greatful. His legacy lives on because of each one of us that he has touched. I am currently out of the country, but my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Jason Hall, August 6, 2016 RIP. Mr.Bishop was a good person he will be missed by most of Farmersville that new him as the principal gone but not forgotten .. Carrie hill , August 5, 2016 So many good thoughts of Mr. Bishop. Best principal EVER!! I loved working in the office for him. He will be greatly missed. Your family is in my thoughts & prayers. Cindy Feagin Dickens , August 5, 2016 So sorry for your loss. He was a good man. I remember my days at FHS. I am glad I was able to be there while Mr. Bishop was there. Thank You, Sir, for your service as an educator. Rest in peace. karen a smith, August 5, 2016 You're guidance and wisdom will be greatly missed. Tabetha Lee, August 5, 2016 Dear Family-I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Bishop was the best principal ever, although I was only a student, but I worked in education as a teacher and coach for 31 years and I still thought very fondly of him. One of my athletes was honored in Austin at the HS all star game. We were sitting in the stands waiting for her to be honored and I heard a familiar voice, I turned around and Mr. Bishop and Coach Leinert were sitting behind me. We caught up with each other very briefly and he told me, "I am proud you went into education." Mr. Bishop was one in a million. Thinking of your family during this time. Donna Davenport Brombacher , August 5, 2016 Me Bishop was an amazing man and leader for our school and the students. Very involved in all the sports and extracaricular activities. Great man, I'm saddened to hear about his passing. Thank you for everything you did for us Mr Bishop RIP sir!
Christy Garcia, August 5, 2016
Great man and educater. He will be missed by many. Isaac Lorance, August 5, 2016 A man of true respect. Sending my condolences to a super family that had the privilege of a great leader in Mr. Bishop. A man of true integrity! Angela "Clay" Doan , August 5, 2016 Deepest Sympathy to the Bill Bishop family. Many memories he left behind to those who went to FHS under him . Glad Bill Bishop & my path crossed upon this earthly journey. Cathy Feagin, August 5, 2016 Billy was my special cousin and I will miss him. Even though I haven't been able to visit him often lately I thought of him every day. Now he is free from pain and able to walk and talk and maybe even teach some of the younger angels a few things. I hope he is able to build some bird houses too. Carolyn Donohoe, August 5, 2016