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Laura Bishop

September 27, 2012

Mrs. Laura Harpole Bishop, 91, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Whitfield Nursing Home in Corinth.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 at Double Springs Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Smith officiating.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 at Welch Funeral Home in Maben.
Welch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 18, 1920, to the late Edna Douglas and Squire Harpole in Oktibbeha County. She graduated as valedictorian of her Maben High School Class of 1938 and also graduated from Wood Junior College in Mathiston.

She was a homemaker, loved and revered by her family, and also worked beside her husband in Bishop’s Grocery and Service Station for many years. She had many friends who visited the store and bought dress material from her. She was an excellent seamstress, avid reader and
Bible scholar. She also taught first grade at Maben School for a short time. She was a life-long member of Double Springs Methodist Church and served it in many capacities.

Survivors include daughters, Sue Ann (Danny) Dilworth of Biggersville; Nancy (Bill) Smith of Maumelle, Ark. and Laura (Allen) Clark of Stoneville; sister, Doris (Kem) Bayburt of Troy, Mich.; brothers-in-law, James White and Wyman (Fran) Bishop both of Maben; grandchildren, Ladd Dilworth, Jack Dilworth, Laurie (Steve) Simons, Lisa (Wes) Sullivan, Ben (Amanda) Crowley, Kelly Smith, Annie Smith, Whit (Carolyn) Clark, Edwin Clark; five great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, and friends, including the staff of Whitfield Nursing Home.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Rupert Bishop; her parents; sister, Mattie Vell White; and brother and sister-in-law Carroll and Joy Harpole.

Pall bearers will be Ladd Dilworth, Jack Dilworth, Ben Crowley, Whit Clark, Edwin Clark, Steve Simons, and Wes Sullivan.

Memorials may be made to Double Springs Cemetery Association in care of Nellie Blade, 375 Bluett Road, Maben, Mississippi.

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