Annie Mae Bishop, age 95 of Malvern, died Thursday, October 16, 2014 in the local hospital. She was born on November 22, 1918 in Ouachita, Arkansas to the late Isaac Yates Dickinson and Minnie Maybell Posey Dickinson. Reared and receiving her education in Sparkman, Arkansas, she graduated from Sparkman High School in 1935, where she excelled in academics and basketball. Annie Mae was baptized on September 4, 1933. She moved with her family to Malvern in 1938 and joined Second Baptist Church on September 4, 1938. In 1944 she married Barney Edward Bishop, a humble and unselfish person: in her words “a perfect man”. Barney died April 11, 1990.
Annie Mae was the oldest living cancer survivor in the state-diagnosed in June 1948, she had her first radiation treatment in January 1949, and has struggled ever since. She said she learned early that each hardship is an experience and to always trust the Lord because what you want is sometimes not best.
Annie Mae was proud that she had made 72 quilts and many of her own clothes over her lifetime, and somehow had time to do a radio show over WOAI, San Antonio, for two years. She was also a prolific poet.
She is survived by a brother, John Alvin Dickinson, a niece, Hannah, and nephews, Paul and Mark Dickinson.
Another brother, Doyle Yates, died in 1949.
Her funeral will be at two o’clock Monday afternoon, October 20, 2014 in the sanctuary of Second Baptist Church with Brother Edgar Sutton officiating and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home. A visitation will precede the service, beginning at one o’clock. Interment will be in Shadowlawn Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.