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Wes Bishop & his wife, Margaret, moved to Sweetwater on September 1st, 1977, to become the first Director of Physical Therapy at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, where he served for nearly thirty-six years, until poor health recently forced him to step down. He was the first recipient at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital of the prestigious Dr. Frist Humanitarian Award in 1982.

Wes graduated from Snyder High School in 1970. Wes attended Abilene Christian College on a baseball scholarship, and served his fifth year, in 1975, as assistant baseball coach. After graduation from Abilene Christian College in 1975, with a degree in biology and physical education, he attended physical therapy school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, graduating in 1977.

Wes has been very active in the Sweetwater community, serving as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nolan County American Heart Association for two years, member of the Hospice Board of Directors, member of the American Physical Therapy Association and chairman of the Mayor's Committee for the Disabled. In 1982, he was named Outstanding Young Man of America, and in 1986, he was elected the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Young Man and in 2013 was named Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Male Citizen. Wes served on the S.I.S.D. Board of Trustees for ten years, serving as president in 2006. During his tenure, the high school football field was renovated with artificial turf, thanks to the sponsorship of Larry Durham, a former Sweetwater High School alumnus. Wes has been a member of the Fourth & Elm Church of Christ for thirty six years, serving as 6th grade Sunday School teacher, care group leader, deacon for twenty years and elder for the past eight years.

Wes is the son of Colleen and the late Garland Bishop of Snyder. Before becoming engaged to his wife, Margaret Fain, of Littlefield, in 1975, she had to recite the starting line-up of the Chicago Cubs, his favorite professional baseball team. (Nobody loved baseball like Wes Bishop!) They have been married thirty-eight years, and have three sons, Brett and his wife, Jenna of San Antonio; Lance and Reid, both of Austin. He is also survived by his father-in-law Dr. J.R. Fain and wife Sharon of Lubbock, his sister-in-law Kelly Jackson and husband Don, and several cousins. He is preceded in death by his brother Clay, grandparents, mother-in-law Tommie Fain and brother-in-law Sam Fain and one cousin.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at Fourth and Elm Church of Christ with Mike Crowley and family members officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery with McCoy Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Rick Rhodes, Ronnie Williams, Steve Holcomb, Tim Hall, Dr. Michael Glover and Donny Allen. Honorary pallbearers will be the Elders of Fourth and Elm Church of Christ.

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Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Oct. 8, 2013
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