Dr. Eugene M. Bishop, 76, of Dahlonega passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Northside Hospital Forsyth, Cumming.
Dr. Eugene M. Bishop was born in Atlanta and educated in the Atlanta public school systems. He entered the U.S. Army
in 1953, served two years of active duty and received an honorable discharge.
Dr. Bishop was the retired owner and president of Health Service Centers Inc., a multi-facility corporation that owned long-term health care facilities, acute care hospitals and pharmacies. The company began in 1970 and enjoyed continuous growth until his retirement.
Dr. Bishop continued to be active in both the state and national health care trade associations. He served as president of the Georgia Health Care Association. He also has worked extensively with the American Health Care Association, which is located in Washington, D.C. and represents all fifty states. As regional vice president on the American Health Care Association for three years, he represented Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama and Georgia. Dr. Bishop served as first vice president of the American Health Care Association and was elected national president of the Association for two consecutive terms.
In 2004, Dr. Bishop was elected and still served on Georgia Southern University's board of trustees, and, for seventeen years, he was a member of Georgia Southern University's business advisory council for the school of business. His athletic involvement at Georgia Southern University included serving as a current board member and executive committee member of the Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Gussie Bishop; and brother, Guy Bishop.
He is survived by his children, Gray and Nikki Bishop of Carrollton and Traci and Jay Stillman of Roswell; grandchildren, Griffyn and Gavin Bishop; niece, Kathleen Guy; nephew, Gary Bishop; great-niece, Abigail Guy; great-nephews, Garrett Guy and Levi Bishop; special friend and extended family, Nancy Addison, Drew and Shanna Addison and Trip Addison and Lindsay Addison.
Pallbearers will be Benjie Deloach, Michael Adams, Joe Bearden, Trummie Patrick, Don Howard, Martin NeSmith, Bucky Wagner, Bill Golden, Juan Luna and Julian Deal. Honorary pallbearers will be the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board and West Fulton High School Class of 1953.
Military honors will be rendered by the Cumming Veteran's Alliance.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the First Baptist Church of Dawsonville.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dahlonega Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Georgia Southern Foundation Scholarship in honor of Gene Bishop, the Georgia Southern Foundation, P.O. Box 8053, Statesboro, GA 30460 or to the First Baptist Church of Dawsonville, P.O. Box 1358, Dawsonville, GA 30534.
There will be a celebration/service the day of the first football game, Sept. 10, in Statesboro for Georgia Southern University.
Condolences may be expressed at www.dahlonegafuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Dahlonega Funeral Home, 20 Gibson Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533, (706) 864-DOVE(3683).