Vertrise Castle Bishop

March 13, 1937March 13, 2019

On her 82nd birthday, Vertrise Castle Bishop, held the hands of her daughters, and with grace and dignity was welcomed to her birthday celebration in Heaven. Her husband, Marion Bishop Jr., and her Savior, Jesus Christ greeted her. A celebration of her life officiated by Reverend Bob Vorhees, will be at 2 PM, Sunday, March 24th at Lakeview Memorial Park. Vertrise was born in Floyd County, KY to the late Bert and Ada Johnson Castle. She provided a loving Christian home for her family and was a supportive wife for over 57 years until Marion’s death in 2010. Vertrise was a gifted artist and particularly enjoyed creating landscapes in an oil medium. Reading, studying history and travel were some of her favorite past times and Hawaii, Martha’s Vineyard and their home at High Rock Lake were favorite destinations but nothing could transcend the joy of spending time with her grandchildren. Vertrise believed in the power of prayer and began and ended her day with praise and supplication. Survivors include her daughters, Babbette (Alex) Flora and Susan Davis both of Greensboro; grandchildren, Katie (Chris) Sprayberry, Matthew Davis, Jennifer (Chris) Brown, and Nick (Kristina) Mabe; great grandchildren, Emory and Fisher Mabe and baby Sprayberry on the way; sister, Joyce Overly Goak of McLeansville; numerous nieces and nephews, and her constant feline companion, Lewis. In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Bernice LaForce. Her family would like to express their gratitude to Beacon Place and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro for their compassionate care of Vertrise during her stay. Floral tributes are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to Beacon Place, 2502 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405. Online condolences may be offered at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel is assisting the family.


  • Beacon Place


24 March

Graveside Celebration

2:00 pm

Lakeview Memorial Park

Greensboro, North Carolina


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Michelle Mottinger

March 21, 2019

We wanted to let the family know how sorry we were to hear about Vertrise. We enjoyed discussing books and we shared a few. Also, we loved hearing stories about her entertaining cat. We will miss seeing this sweet woman!
Dr. Michelle Mottinger and Carol (Dental Hygienist)

Cathy Cook Johnson

March 18, 2019

Dear Babbette, Susan and family
My thoughts are with you all as you go through this difficult time. Miss Vertrise was my Girl Scout leader for years and I remember having so much fun, learning lots of new things and our camping trips. Fast forward years later and end up attending the same church with Babbette watching her babies grow and then working closely with her. I also saw Susan regularly as her babies grew throughout their school life.
Love sent ❤️