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Allison "Al" Adger Bissell

April 12, 1928August 5, 2019


Died August 5, 2019 at home in Bethesda, MD with his family by his side. Al was born in Spartanburg, SC on April 12, 1928 to Clinton and Rodella Bissell. After graduating from Clemson University, he served in the U.S. Navy for ten years. Upon his discharge, he worked for IBM for over three decades, traveling across the country and the world. Al is predeceased by his loving son, Clinton, and survived by his wife and closest friend of 66 years, Betty (Cline), as well as his sons Tom (Mary), and Michael (Marion). He was best known as "Papa" or "Popcorn" to his 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, who love him deeply and always will.

Al is remembered by those who knew him for his quiet kindness, his inherent civility, and his fun-loving spirit. His greatest joys were visiting with his family and friends, traveling, and cheering on his alma mater. Al was a blessing to those who knew him. He often said of others that they were "some of the last good ones left." The world lost a great one on August 5.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, Aug. 19 at 11am at The National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016.


  • Allison "Al" Adger Bissell Memorial Service Monday, August 19, 2019


Allison "Al" Adger Bissell

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Michelle Malanoski

August 12, 2019

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies on your loss. May God’s peace be with you and cherish your memories that you have of him .

“When you speak of him speak not with tears for thoughts of him should not be sad. Let memories of the times you shared give you comfort for his life was rich because of you”. Author unknown