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Grace Carolyn Bishop

Grace Carolyn Bishop,75, of Locust, NC, passed away on May 20, 2020 at her home. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions a memorial service for Mrs. Bishop will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Bishop was born November 25, 1944 in Union County, NC and was the daughter of the late Joseph Ivey Smith and Alma Tarlton Smith. She retired from the Hartford Insurance Company. Mrs. Bishop was a member of Indian Hill Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed camping, painting, crafting, the beach and the church choir. Carolyn loved her family and spending time with her grands and great – grands.

Carolyn is survived by her husband of 55 years, Joseph W. Bishop, Jr. of the home. She is also survived by two daughters Ivy Deaton (Mark) of Millingport, NC and Leah Towery (David)  of Locust ,NC; two brothers Douglas Smith (Judy) of Massachusetts and Hayne Smith (Kathy) of Locust, a sister Dianne Efird (Doyle) of Stanfield, NC; four grandchildren, Justin Deaton (Brooke), Shea Evans (Zach), Christina Faith Towery and Mackenzie Hope Towery and six great-grandchildren, Colton, Madilyn, Avery, Lawson, Gracie and Gage. Mrs. Bishop is also preceded in death by a granddaughter Pamela Grace Towery. Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Locust is serving the Bishop family


  • Kendal Hicks Posted May 20, 2020 2:31 pm

    May you rest peacefully in your Father’s arms. You were incredibly kind and sweet and will be missed by all who loved and cared for you.

  • Leslie Coleman Posted May 20, 2020 2:31 pm

    Joe, Ivy and Leah.
    I am so sorry for your loss.Carolyn was a special lady and was thought of very highly by so many. She will be missed dearly. Please know in the days ,weeks and months ahead you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of hugs and love. 💔

  • Terry & Elaine Page Posted May 20, 2020 2:41 pm

    We want to express our deepest heartfelt sympathy in the passing of Carolyn…
    May God’s love lift you and hold you close, and give you comfort, and peace…
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers… It was truly an honor to have known Carolyn…
    She will be dearly missed by all that knew her…
    Carolyn had such a sweet spirit…

  • Teresa Morton Posted May 20, 2020 2:50 pm

    Rest In Peace my friend . You will be missed . I will never forget the times we worked side by side .

  • Gloria Smith Posted May 20, 2020 2:58 pm

    Always a lady! Always a friend.

  • Sheila Posted May 20, 2020 3:18 pm

    Prayers for family!! We are so very sorry!!

  • Pat & Jim Knapp Posted May 20, 2020 3:47 pm

    What a sweetheart Carolyn was. So welcoming to her home and kind to everyone. It was very evident how much she loved her family. I know she will be missed terribly. We are always here for you. All our love and prayers,
    Pat and Jim

  • Pat VanHoose Posted May 20, 2020 6:09 pm

    My prayers for all of you. She was a sweet lady.

  • Kinney Wallace Posted May 20, 2020 6:20 pm

    Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father and Jesus Christ His Son who is the Resurrection and the
    Life. May He comfort you all through His Holy Spirit, His Word and His love. May prayers are with you.

  • Gabrielle “Gay” Hinson Posted May 20, 2020 7:49 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of such a sweet and great person..In school and other times we had some really great times..RIP

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  • Rachel Hargett Posted May 21, 2020 9:07 am

    Praying God’s comfort and peace to all the family. You are loved.

  • Bill Poalillo Posted May 21, 2020 12:21 pm

    My heart and prayers go out to the Bishop family. Carolyn and I worked together for many years at The Hartford. Carolyn was a joy to work with and I considered her a friend, more than a co-worker. Leah, your mom was a special lady and left a legacy for the family to follow. Blessings to you all in this time of mourning. Bill

  • Carol Lerch Posted May 21, 2020 8:52 pm

    Carolyn, you had such a beautiful spirit and always brought smiles or laughter to a setting. Rest in peace. Prayers of comfort for your family.

  • Glenn & Jackie Huneycutt Posted May 21, 2020 9:01 pm

    Prayers are lifted for you all. May God add peace, comfort, and strength to your lives during this time and in the coming days. Carolyn had a sweet spirit for others, sharing her love and kindness. What a blessing to know such a wonderful person!

  • Betty Hartsell Posted May 24, 2020 12:47 pm

    I first met Carolyn in 1975 when we moved across the street from her and Joe. The first time I met her I knew she was someone special. I am going to miss our sitting out under the shade tree and talking about everything. God bless you my friend.

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