Charlie Wenston Bishop, Jr. was born March 5, 1940, in Lake Providence, Louisiana. He passed this life on May 6, 2014.
Charlie was the second child born to Charlie Bishop, Sr. and Menard Mitchell Bishop. Both parents preceded him in death.
His mother died at an early age and he was raised by his father and grandmother, Mary Young.
He attended school in East Carroll Parish and graduated from G. W. Griffin High School in Lake Providence, Louisiana.
Charlie was baptized at Central Baptist #1 in Lake Providence, pastored by Rev. Kent. He later united with the First Missionary Baptist Church in Lake Providence. He attended Chapel service on Fort Hood.
He enrolled in Grambling College and studied there until he was drafted into the U. S. Army where he served for 24 years and retired with the rank of Master Sergeant.
He married his high school sweetheart, Jessie Mayfield, and to that union one son, Kevin Andre, was born.
While in the military, Charlie earned Associate degrees from St. Leo College and Central Texas College.
After retiring from the Army in 1984, he was employed at Range Control and the Directorate of Logistics at Fort Hood. He retired from civil service in March, 2002, and devoted much of his leisure time to playing golf. He was an avid golfer and played tournaments in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana to include the Eddie Robinson benefit golf tournament sponsored by Grambling State University. He was a 1995 Tour Member of the Lone Star Golf Tour. On June 10, 1993, Charlie accomplished a Hole-In-One on Hole #4 at Anderson Golf Course, Fort Hood, Texas. This official Hole-In-One is registered at Membership Headquarters in Dallas, Texas.
He loved sports and played basketball and baseball in High School. He played baseball with the Fort Campbell post team and the V Corps Guardian baseball team in Germany.
He coached his son’s baseball team in Korea and at Fort Lee, Virginia.
His military service included tours at Fort Campbell, KY, with the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Lee, Virginia, Fort Hood, Texas, three tours in Germany, one in Korea, and a tour in Viet Nam.
Charlie is survived by Jessie , his wife of 50 years; one son, Kevin (Tina); a grandson, Evan; a brother, Wesley Gain; a sister, Shirley Carson (Willie); 2 nieces; 4 nephews; several great nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, May 12, 2014, at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. Officiating will be Chaplain (CPT) Tony Hampton assisted by Chaplain (MAJ) James Blount. A visitation will be held at Heritage Funeral Home Sunday evening, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Services have been entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home.