Lillian Jane Bishop

March 23, 1951March 22, 2011

Lillian Bishop, 59, of Old Fort, passed away after a very brief battle with leukemia on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at St. Joseph Campus in Asheville. She was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church. She was born on March 23, 1951, in Burke County to the late Luther Clyde Wheelon and Crena Allison Wheelon. She graduated with a bachelor's of nursing degree at Berea College in Berea, Ky. She was employed at the V.A. Medical Center in Asheville and was a nurse for 37 years. She touched the lives of hundreds of people. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. Mrs. Bishop is survived by her husband, Ronnie K. Bishop, of the home; a son, Adam Bishop, of Old Fort; a step-son, Daniel Bishop, and his wife, Brandy, of Duffield, Va.; a sister, Janice Cox, and her husband, Ronnie, of Old Fort; a special sister-in-law, Donna Bishop and her husband, Bobby; step-grandchildren, Draven, Kirkland, and Grayson, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 25, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Kirksey Funeral Home in Old Fort, with Rev. David McHale and Rev. David Hawkins officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 24, 2011, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery. Kirksey Funeral Home in Old Fort is assisting the family. Words of comfort may be shared with the Bishop family at www.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 24, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 25, 2011

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Elaine Jones

March 29, 2011

I was saddened to hear about your recent loss. Jane and I were friends and classmates at Drexel High School. She was such a radiant person and will be missed by family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Debby Hallyburton

March 29, 2011

I, too, have just heard this sad news. Jane and I were Drexel High School classmates. I am so sorry for your loss. She obviously touched so many lives with her kindness. She will remain in the hearts and memories of many.

Larry Branch

March 28, 2011

Its now 3/28/11 & I have just found out that I have lost another great friend! Jane & I went to school together & what a ball we had on our last class reunion. May God bless the family at this tragic time. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

Connie Cobb

March 27, 2011

Jane and I went to Drexel High School together. We reconnected at the last reunion I attended and found out we were fellow Methodists. My heart goes out to all the family and friends that will miss her.

Thad Brendle

March 27, 2011

Please accept my sincere condolences for you loss. I had the honor of knowing your loved one as a student in Drexel. She was my classmate and friend. I just received word of her passing today. Jane was a good and kind friend. God Bless each of you during this time of loss.

Nathan Harris

March 26, 2011

Adam, I'm very sorry for yours and your family's loss. My prayers are with you.

Marsha/Jack Bridges

March 25, 2011

Ronnie,Adam and All those Relatives on Cane Creek,Our hearts go out to you all during this time. I sit here looking at Janes smiling face and I can hear her giggle. She was such a joy to know from the first moment I met her. Her love for music and youth of the church will always be remembered.There's just not enough space to share all I would like about what a truly wonderful person she was and what she meant to me. I thank the Lord for the opportunity to have known her. You will all be in our prayers and Jane wil be forever in our hearts.

March 25, 2011

I worked with Jane at McDowell Hospital in 1991 when I was Unit Coordinator at the O.R. She was special to me because she treated me like her equal even though I wasn't a nurse. I remember her laugh and her Christian manner. I was so sad to hear of her death but I know she lives on in her eternal home and I will see her again. She's not in any pain there. Sincerely, Debbie Biddix

Michael Kelly

March 24, 2011

Dear Bishop Family
We all loved Jane here at her work. She was pleasant, cheerful, always a hard working lady. She was our head nurse in Vascular for several years and we miss her. Our prayers are with you all.
Mike Kelly MD

terra davis

March 24, 2011

she was a wonderful lady and she will be missed i will keep her family in my thoughts and prayers