Rev. Arthur Lanier Bishop
January 16, 2021
The Rev. Arthur L. Bishop, 76, of St. Simons Island, Ga., passed away peacefully Jan. 7, 2021, at his home.
The Rev. Bishop (aka Art, Dad, Pops, Lanny) was born on Jan. 23, 1944, in Birmingham, Ala. Son of the late Edwin Hines Bishop and Marjorie Lanier Bishop, he grew up in Miami, Fla., and was a 1962 graduate of Coral Gables High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Florida Southern University, and his Master in Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical-Theological Seminary. He served congregations in Macon, Putney, Lumpkin, and Columbus, Ga., throughout his 45 years as a full-time minister; the first 20-plus years in The United Methodist Church and the last two decades in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He served in various part-time, interim capacities as well for the Flint River and Savannah presbyteries. He also served as chaplain for the Chattahoochee Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was heavily involved with Habitat for Humanity and other area nonprofit organizations.
Jesus said, “Love each other as I have loved you.” Art Bishop did just that. His family, friends, and the countless individuals he served in ministry over the years will remember him to be all about love and kindness. The world is a better place because of his warm heart, humble nature, and genuine care for others. He never met a stranger and was a friend to all.
Art was an avid reader and spent hours watching cable news shows. His love for reading and learning translated into him being the family champion in Trivial Pursuit and Jeopardy. He also enjoyed a good cup of coffee and before his health prohibited it, you could find him with friends at Starbucks sipping coffee and debating current events.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Amy Miller Bishop; his brother, Ned Bishop (Phyllis); his sister, Joy Van Zandt (Jack); his two sons, Matt Bishop (Natalie) and Hampton Bishop (Shelbie); and his sister-in-law, Kim Hakala (Steve). He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Ami, MacKenzie, Abigale, Jimmy, and Lanier; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families (Lisa Beckham, Janet Dunlap, Curtis Bishop, Kimberly Strahm, John Van Zandt, Laura Hakala, Sarah Yaden). He is predeceased by his son, Arthur Lanier Bishop Jr.; and daughter-in-law, Susan Lumpkin Bishop.
The family held a private memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 16. In lieu of flowers, any donations made in his honor should be made to the youth mission trip fund of St. Simons Presbyterian Church.