A memorial service will be held at The Rock Church located at 7737 Meany, Bakersfield, CA on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. for Jerry Austin Bishop, 73.

JERRY AUSTIN BISHOP
May 31, 1936 – February 26, 2010

A memorial service will be held at The Rock Church located at 7737 Meany, Bakersfield, CA on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. for Jerry Austin Bishop, 73.  Mr. Bishop was born in Alabama on May 31, 1936 and passed away after fighting a long battle of Parkinson’s Disease and Myasthenia Gravis on February 26, 2010.  Mr. Bishop served his country in the U.S. Air Force.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and attended The Rock Church of Bakersfield.  He was a true Christian and family man and if someone was in need of help, he was the first one to help financially or give the shirt off his back.  Mr. Bishop was an excellent oil painting artist and nature photographer.  He loved trains, planes, people, gospel quartets and cats.  He was the neighborhood cat rescuer. He never had a bad word to say about anybody.  He was a true blue southern gentleman.   His nieces and nephews were the love of his life.  Mr. Bishop was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Vidella Bishop and his brother, Marvin Bishop.  His survivors include his wife of 19 years, Mary Jane Bishop; his brother and his wife, Edward and Peggy Bishop of Virginia; his nieces and nephews, Pam Bishop of Virginia, Neil and Terri Burgess of Virginia, Beth and Scott Kimbriel of Virginia, David and Sonja Bishop of Tennessee, and Tony and Peggy Bishop of South Carolina; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Lynda Powers of Taft, Jim and Phyllis Beaty of Taft, Bob and Shirley Miller of Missouri, and Shirley Gallegos of Devore; numerous nieces and nephews; and by his ex-wife and longtime childhood friend, Barbara A. Dunn of Alabama.  Mr. Bishop was loved by his family and will be greatly missed.  There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com