Ronnie BishopGravette, AR, 1944 - 2017
Heaven gained another GREAT COWBOY. Ronnie Bishop, age 72, of Gravette, Ark. took his final ride on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. At the time of his passing he was surrounded by loving family and friends at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. Ronnie was born June 30, 1944 at Farewell Community, son of the late Orval and Edna Lavern (Walker) Bishop.
Ronnie grew up in the Farewell community along with his three brothers and six sisters and graduated from Green Forest High School in 1962. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War, January 1967 thru January 1969, earning his Purple Heart. On November 6, 1988 he was united in marriage with Carol Kidwell.
He is survived by his wife Carol (Kidwell) Bishop of the home, daughters, Renee Bishop Allen of Gravette, Amy Bishop Greetan and husband Bill of Springdale, Jamie Bishop Phillips of Berryville, two brothers, Von Bishop and wife Brenda of Green Forest, Bobby Bishop of Green Forest, brother-in-law, Terry Fancher of Rule, five sisters, Glenda Jorgensen and husband Marvin of Green Forest, Sharon Needham of Rogers, Beverly Dorsey and husband Dale of Cave Springs, Teresa Kleffman and husband Steven of Berryville, Sandra Bishop Williams of Berryville; grandchildren, Billy, Isabella and Genna Allen of Gravette, Chandler and Chelsey Greetan of Springdale, Madison and Baylee Phillips of Gravette, one great-granddaughter, Braelyn Westrick of Gravette. Many, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, nephews and two great-great-nephews. Loving friends he cherished all across the country. He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Jimmy Bishop and one sister, Janell Fancher.
Visitations will be 5-7 p.m. Monday June 26, 2017 at Smith Family Funeral Home in Green Forest and also 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Bella Vista Funeral Home in Bella Vista, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Circle of Life Hospice at www.nwacircleoflife.org.
Celebration Of Life will be 2 p.m., Wednesday June 28, 2017 at Fayetteville National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Ark. with Military Honors and interment following the service. On line condolences at www.smithfamilyfuneralhome.net.
Published June 24, 2017