John Ira Bishop, Sr.

January 14, 1930January 29, 2013
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John Ira Bishop, Sr., 83 passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. He was born on January 14, 1930 in Summit, Georgia, to the late Mary and Fred Bishop, and at the age of six moved with his family to Vero Beach, Florida. He graduated from Vero Beach High School, Stetson University and USCG OCS, achieving the rank of Commander upon his retirement. He moved to Jacksonville in 1956 and embarked on a long and prosperous career as a CPA. He was a partner at Hall and Fisher for many years and in 1977 started his own practice, which later evolved into Bishop and Draper. He married Lynda Clayman on December 20, 1957, and they enjoyed 55 years together. He is predeceased by his parents, brother, Paul Bishop, and beloved daughter, Julie Ann Bishop. He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife, Lynda, son John I. Bishop, Jr., (Carol), and grandchildren John I. Bishop, III, and David B. Bishop. He is also survived by his brothers, Robert Bishop (Dottie) and Gene Bishop (Miriam), his sister, Joyce Strickland (Vernon), and many nieces and nephews. John loved bird hunting, playing golf, fishing and the Florida Gators. He was a long-time member of San Jose County Club and the Seminole Club and served on the Board for University Hospital Teaching Clinic. Visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, February 1, 2013 in Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Funeral Home located at 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville FL. The Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home at 10:00am on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in followed by interment in Oaklawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in John’s name to The American Cancer Society Words of comfort may be left at HARDAGE-GIDDENS, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Boulevard is serving the family.


  • Visitation Friday, February 1, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 2, 2013

John Ira Bishop, Sr.

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Christine Hodge Scheutzow

April 3, 2013

John, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was always so kind to me. I am so thankful to have known him. Sending my love and prayers to you and your beautiful family. Your friend always, Christine

Kelly Bevan Spirer

February 21, 2013

Our deepest condolences to the whole Bishop and Bishop and Draper families. Mr. Bishop was my father's, and before him, my grandfather's CPA. I had the pleasure of meeting him on numerous occasions, and am saddened to not see him on my trips home anymore.
Kelly Bevan Spirer and family

February 21, 2013

sending our condolences to Linda, Johnny, Carol and grand children from Capt. Robert D. Bishop (brother) and wife Dottie Bishop. my brother was the "leader of the pack" when growing up in Vero Beach, Florida. he will be greatly missed and loved forever as he was a great big brother to me and all the other siblings. we had lots of fun fishing and hunting together. we cherish that he called and we have his voice on our phone still as we will keep it always to listen to regularly in memory of him. it was at his birthday time. love and prayer for comfort and peace during your great loss. Capt. Robert D. Bishop and Dottie Bishop, Lakeland, Florida

Byron Terwillegar

February 14, 2013

A true Gentleman and good friend, one of a kind Mr. Bishop, you WILL be missed. Never had a better grilled quail in my lifetime or a better bar stool
conversation. A real pleasure knowing you and "Thank You" for imparting your wisdom,smile and personality with us.
Byron Terwillegar and The Entire Staff of Blue Water Bay Melrose,Florida

February 7, 2013

What an honor to have known John, such a kind, patient man who always made you feel so comfortable to be with. He treated everyone like family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our hearts and prayers are with you, especially the Family. May you all find peace and comfort in knowing our Lord and Savior,Jesus Christ has conquered death,hell and the grave.

Ronnie and Jane Robinson

Gloria Hochstim

February 5, 2013

We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. He will be greatly missed. He was such a good man, so very dear to us all. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you.
With Love,
Gloria Hochstim, Jeff & Diana Taylor

February 3, 2013

Mrs. Bishop, John, Carol, John-John and David and family,
I send my sincere sympathy to all of you at this very tender time in your lives. Mr. Bishop was a fine respected man and I know you all know he is now in the hands of our Lord. May that comfort you and give you strength to carry on. Just hold him close to your heart and our Lord even closer. You are all such a sweet family and dear neighbors,
love you all,
Sincerely, Linda Uible

February 2, 2013

Lynda and John Jr.
We all lost a true friend with the passing of John. He and I go back a long time. We were roommates for a couple of years at the Sigma Nu house at Stetson. We were both accounting majors and took many of the same accounting classes together. This led to loading up on coffee and spending many all night sessions studying together for a next-day tests. It included playing together on intramural sports teams. It included midnight raids on local watermelon fields. It included many trips to the beaches at Daytona. It even included a few parties that I will not detail. After graduating , we both went into service about the same time, were discharged about the same time and decided to become CPAs. and if I'm not mistaken passed the exam at the same time. I'm sorry we lived so far apart that we could not spend more time together later on but all the good times earlier made up for it. We will miss him.

Bill McClatchey
Fort Myers

Dennis Garcia

February 2, 2013

Johnny so sorry about you dad,he was a great guy always nice to me.

February 2, 2013

I worked with (for) John at Touche Ross & Co from 1970- 1977. I have never met a finer person.
I am sorry to hear of his death but happy to know that he lived a long and happy life.
May God bless John.

Charles E. Bruce
Dawson, GA 39842