Marvin Eugene Bishop, 91, of Midland, Texas, passed away on Dec. 19, 2011, under Hospice care. He was born in Cameron, Texas, on Feb. 22, 1920, to James Andrew Bishop and Medie Hopkins Bishop.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 at Ellis Funeral Home in Midland, Texas. There will be a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. Friday, in the Bangs, Texas, Cemetery those living closer to that area may.
He was married to Nina Irene Mathews on Nov. 4, 1939, and she preceded him in death in 2005. He was her loving caregiver for many years before her death. He showed his love to the world through his caring touch to Irene and many others. He loved his grandchildren and took them on trips, took them to theme parks, built them little drag racers, took them swimming and rode rides and slides with them.
He is survived by one daughter, Barbara Bishop Cornell and husband Bob of Midland; grandson, Bob Cornell Jr. and wife Terri of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; granddaughter, Debra Bergman of The Woodlands, Texas; six great-grandchildren, Ryan Cornell and wife Shirley of Wichita, Kan., Dustin, Lane, Lana Cornell of Tuscaloosa, David and Daniel Bergman of The Woodlands; three great-great-grandchildren, Cleo and Kai Cornell of Kansas, and Kaylie Cornell of Tuscaloosa; and 13 nieces and nephews.
The Bishop family moved from Cameron to Brownwood during Marvin's high school years. Marvin's sisters and brother, Carmen Bishop Lehman, Edrie Bishop Wright and Preston Bishop all preceded him in death.
He worked at a variety of jobs while in high school, including mowing lawns, preparing rail cars for cattle and delivering groceries in the vehicle owned by the grocery store. He told some interesting stories of his attempts to drive, even though he had never driven a vehicle before. The story involved a sack of eggs and not knowing how to shift or brake. He could tell a story, and in the middle of the story involve another story, and come back to the original story that most of us had forgotten he had started telling. Marvin made parts for an old clock when he was unable to find anyone to repair it from the Mathews family. It is still running today because of his ability to repair it. He grew up in an era where you made do, repaired everything if possible, treasured friendships, loved family, literally fed the poor at the door and a man's word was his bond.
Marvin joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served at Mare Island and San Diego, Calif., as a Naval trainer in fire fighting and specialized in fires on ships and submarines. After World War II, he worked as a fire fighter for the Brownwood Fire Department. Later he worked for the Brownwood Banner before relocating to Midland, Texas, and worked for the Midland Reporter Telegram until retirement. After retirement, Marvin and Irene returned to Brownwood and lived on the farm that had been in Irene's family for 100 years. They built their dream home there and did some farming and ranching. With Irene in failing health, they returned to Midland six years ago to be closer to their daughter.
He was a member of Alamo Heights Baptist Church and worked with Christmas in Action volunteers. He started volunteering with Christmas in Action (CIA) soon after the organization was formed by Bobby Trimble at Alamo Heights Baptist Church and on his return to Midland, he volunteered for CIA through Devon Energy with his daughter. He gave many hours, at age 88 and 89, painting and scraping every Saturday for three months during CIA's 35th anniversary. In his 90s he helped make and deliver lunch to volunteers year round and not just in April. His faith was strong and he believed that doing for others was a blessing to him and others he volunteered with. He enjoyed the fellowship of other Christians and loved going to men's breakfast and especially loved his Sunday School class and the members there. He was a Master Mason for 65 plus years.
The family would like to give special thanks to Brandi Bedford of InHome Care who was his nurse for three years in his home. Also, thank you to Dr. Carr, Dr. Corwin, Dr. Howard and Dr. Vogel for their excellent care. Thanks to all of the wonderful nurses and staff of Hospice of Midland. Special thanks to Susie Mauldin for her help and friendship and to Sharon Weitz and other volunteers for their volunteer efforts with Hospice to take Marvin to the grocery store and doctors. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hospice of Midland, 911 W. Texas, Midland, Tx 79701 and Christmas in Action, P.O. Box 3744 Midland, Tx 79702.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com.