Cecil Bishop

Cecil Bishop CHARLOTTE - Cecil Bishop was born on May 12, 1930 in the Mt. Washington area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Bishop Cecil Bishop served as minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church for approximately 60 years, beginning in 1953 and until his death. As a young minister he joined the Western North Carolina Conference of the AME Zion Church under Bishop Walls and served under Bishop Raymond Luther Jones and Bishop Charles Herbert Foggie. He was blessed to spend 24 years as active bishop of the church, beginning in the 12th Episcopal District in 1980 and progressing all the way to the first. He served eight years as the Presiding Bishop of the Piedmont Episcopal District and Senior Bishop of the denomination, and nine years as a retired bishop. His pastorates included his first charge, Center Grove AME Zion Church, Tobaccoville, NC; John Wesley AME Zion Church, Washington, DC (assistant pastor); Clinton AME Zion Church, Rockville, Md; Trinity AME Zion Church, Greensboro, NC (15 years); and John Wesley AME Zion Church, Washington, DC, the National Church of Zion Methodism (five years). The Right Reverend Cecil Bishop had a long-standing and history-making relationship with Greensboro, North Carolina. His first visit was back in the middle fifties, to A&T College then, now North Carolina A&T State University. He moved to Greensboro in the latter part of 1960 as pastor of Trinity AME Zion Church, a little more than six months after the initial "sit-ins" had taken place. Bishop left Greensboro in 1975 to return to John Wesley AME Zion in Washington, DC as the pastor. Reverend Bishop was elevated to the episcopacy by the Forty-First Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1980 and consecrated the 78th Bishop in the line of Succession. In 1986, one of the highlights of his ministry occurred when he was invited and preached at the World Methodist Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. He was a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,lnc. Those left to celebrate his life and cherish his memories are his wife of 27 years, Mrs. Marlene Yvette Shelton Bishop; his son, Jason Ryan Bishop; his daughter, Dana Elizabeth Bishop; other family members; colleagues; and numerous friends and acquaintances. The service of Triumph is Friday, September 27, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at Trinity A. M. E. Zion Church, Greensboro, NC. The remains will lie in state from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Livingstone College or Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC. Long & Son Mortuary Service is serving the Bishop Family. Online condolences may be sent to: www.longandsonmortuary.com.

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Long & Son Mortuary Service
2312 Beatties Ford Rd Charlotte, NC 28216
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Published in Charlotte Observer from Sept. 24 to Sept. 26, 2013