Graveside services for Bill Bishop, age 79, of Early, Texas, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, in Eastlawn Memorial Park with Ted Kell officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. today at the Heartland Funeral Home.

He passed away Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at his home.

Bill Carled Bishop was born on Dec. 13, 1931, in Brownwood, Texas, to Humphrey J. (Red) Bishop and Edna Rasco Bishop. He was raised in Brownwood and attended Abilene Christian College for a short time. On Oct. 16, 1950, he was married to Nell Langford in Brownwood. A lifetime reside of this area, he retired as a locomotive engineer from BSNF Railroad in 1997. He was a member of the Austin Avenue Church of Christ, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and loved the outdoors and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Nell Bishop of Early, Texas; sons, Billy J. Bishop and wife Sandra of Brownwood and Brian L. Bishop of Silver Springs, Maryland; grandchildren, Mace Royston and wife Amanda, Fayenell Royston, Beau Bishop,

Bly Bishop and Jennifer Stephens and husband Blake; great-grandchildren, Brady Hays, Joe Tatum, Bailey Bishop, Zochi Royston, Brook Stephens, Hunter Stephens and Olivia Royston.

He was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister.

Friends are invited to sign the guestbook at www.heartla