OBITUARY: Dorothy Gibson Bishop


Dorothy Gibson Bishop, 75, of Lebanon, TN (previously of Newport News, VA), passed away in her daughter’s arms on July 19, 2022. She is healed and as a believer in Jesus Christ, is spending eternity in her heavenly home and for that, her family rejoices.

Dorothy was born on September 22, 1946 to Edward (Ga) and Dorothy (Mema) Gibson in Norfolk, VA. Shortly after graduating from Norview High School in the class of ‘63, she met Ralph Bishop at a dance at the Navy YMCA in Norfolk where he was stationed. They were married in 1965.

When she and Ralph had their only child, Tanya, she dedicated her life to what she saw as her most important job, being a devoted mother. Dorothy was also a valuable employee to many organizations over the years, but she spoke most fondly of her time as an interpreter for deaf children in the public school classroom. Later, she faithfully cared for her parents until their deaths in 2010 and 2018 respectively. Dorothy truly had a servant’s heart, helping others until the time the devil-in-disease-form, commonly known as Alzheimer’s, made that no longer possible.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph; her daughter Tanya and son-in-law Kyle Schrage, her grandchildren Braden, Dawson and Kalyn Welch all of Lebanon, TN; her step-granddaughters Ellie, Emma and Cara Schrage of Murfreesboro, TN; her nephew Ervin Marchant and significant other, Denise, of Chesapeake, VA; her niece Jennifer Stevens and husband, Greg, of Orlando, FL; her nephew Edward Marchant and wife, Cyndi, of Currituck, NC; and a host of great nieces/nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Dorothy Gibson; and her sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Gene Marchant of Chesapeake, VA.

There will be a celebration of life at Stevens Memorial Baptist Church, 224 Richneck Rd. Newport News, VA on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 11:00 am with Pastor Jay Russ officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ( in honor of her grandson, Dawson.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon, TN (615) 444-2142


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