McEwen Funeral Service-Derita Chapel

6300 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC


John E. Bishop

June 18, 1950July 24, 2019

John joined the Angel's band on July 24, 2019. He was a man of many talents - musician, engineer, music instructor, but most of all he loved his family. John was preceded in death by his parents, Philip Marcus Bishop and Joyce Ruth Bishop Smith. He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly Janet Bishop, his daughters Sarah Bishop and Rachel Campbell (Jonathan) and his beloved grandson Nolan, his brothers Mark (Bonnie) and Ricky (Nell) his stepfather Derald Smith and many nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Saturday, August 3, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 3, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, August 3, 2019


John E. Bishop

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Cindy Williams Doyle

August 3, 2019

A treasured friend from high school days. I have many wonderful memories of John. Saying prayers for his dear family. John will be missed by all of us whose lives he touched in his gentle way. Rest in peace my old friend.

andy bishop

August 2, 2019

John was half my childhood. The memory of us hunting arrowheads, listening to Bob Dylan albums in '65, and just being around him will always be treasures . Janet, Sarah, and Rachel, we know our Creator in holding you and John in His hands.

Deep sorrow
Andy Bishop

Mary Stauble

August 1, 2019

I was fortunate to have had John as a guitar teacher for several years. He was a talented musician, but also a dedicated teacher that cared about his students and helping them grow musically. His calm, steady presence, attention to detail and kindness I can feel when I play. He helped me slow down and listen to what I was playing. He often said, “To play fast you need to go slow.” He realized music was a journey not a destination. He helped me be more patient with myself and enjoy the process. He left us too soon. My deep condolences to his family.

Herman Myrick

July 31, 2019

My condolences to Mrs. Bishop and John's family and friends.
He was several notches above me in musical talent and ability but I was honored to play in a band with John, along with Ray Clemmer, Alan Tucker, Gail Boyer, Daniel Little, and Janet Myrick back around 2013/14&15 while he was teaching Guitar and Violin at the Belmont Fine Arts Academy. After John moved on to bigger and better gigs with the Gaston Symphony, the StarDusters, etc., I was fortunate to enjoy his music on a few occasions when he played bass with the symphony. He was an accomplished musician, a true scholar, and a gentle man. R.I.P.

Edward Mckay

July 31, 2019

John was my Boss at WJZY 46, for 23 years, I was his Assistant Chief Engineer . He also put WMYT 55 on the air.
John spearheaded the taking of WJZY from Analog to Digital for Capitol Broadcasting Co.. With all these accomplishments he still had the time to do what he loved which was music. John was a good and honest man, and will surely be missed.
Rest in peace John.
Ed McKay...

Donna Ketron

July 31, 2019

I began fiddle lessons with John at age 63 in 2014, a rank beginner. I have sung his praises as a music teacher ever since. He evaluated and helped me choose my first fiddle, ( as well as the second one I bought, which at that point he told me I had the "disease"!) My life has completely changed due to music. With his encouragement I participated in Wernick method camps, and now in various local jams. I think of him most days when I practice, usually hearing him in my head correcting me for fluttering fingers or not using my pinky !! I learned to play Midnight on the Water in a way that it should be, not realizing until later that it was unique. He will be greatly missed.

Tom Estes

July 30, 2019

Many do not know that John was the sound engineer on the Mary Jane Queen album, A Fist Full of Songs, which led to Mary Jane receiving the NC Heritage Award.

My memories of John are full of music and delightful conversation.

Becky and I will be praying for Janet and family as you cope with this loss.

Stephen Foster

July 30, 2019

John was an extraordinary musician and friend.
We shared a YouTube moment from a high school band reunion that brought smiles to a lot of our fellow Central High Tiger Banders. And John taught me a lot about playing.
Janet, my best to you; you had a very fine man.
I will miss him greatly.

Stephen Foster

Carolyn Warren

July 30, 2019

I went to school with John. He was always a wonderful person growing up.So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family

Becki Butler

July 30, 2019

I knew John when I worked at WJZY. He was such a genuine and nice person and would help you anytime he could. I can still hear his laugh.
Rest In Peace. You will be greatly missed by all who knew you.