Del “Abe” Jones

LANCE CORPORAL JEFFREY ADAM BISHOP

LCpl Jeffrey Adam Bishop
Lance Corporal Jeffrey Adam Bishop
A hero to all who knew him
He loved all, but Family the best
He excelled in everything he did
Until he passed this final test.

He gave all for his Country
A true Patriot, that’s true
With three tours of duty
Trying to do all he could do.

He’d served as a Scout Sniper
And been out on many patrols
But was sitting at a desk
When he joined his comrade’s souls.

Ironically, should have been safe
But evidently, was his time
But, the loss of another great one
Just, really seems a crime.

Birdie and (late) Gray are his parents
He was the baby of six born
Married Emma Katherine last year
And now, each of them will mourn.

And his loss touches each of us
Whether we knew him or not
Another casualty of this war
A loss of the best we’ve got.

He leaves a legacy behind
Of accomplishments galore
Good deeds to friends and family
Now, who could ask for more?

Well, all of us could ask
Although it will never be
But, he left his mark on this Earth
And will dwell Up There for eternity.

A final Salute with Honors
As he is sadly laid to rest;
Once a Marine – always one
Who has passed his final test

Rest in peace, Corporal

Author’s Note: The following articles are from the Tennessean newspaper.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

DICKSON HERO: LOCAL MARINE KILLED IN IRAQ

By Teri Burton
The Dickson Herald

He was everybody’s protector; their hero and he wanted to start his own family. But the war in Iraq put an abrupt end to those plans for Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Adam Bishop of Dickson.

The 23-year-old Marine was on his third tour of duty when he was shot to death by hostile fire Friday in Fallujah, Iraq, a city in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar, located roughly 43 miles west of Baghdad on the Euphrates River, where he was serving as a police sergeant at a base camp.

“He was behind a desk working on the base when he was hit,” said his mother, Birdie Bishop, adding that her son was formerly a scout sniper. “This was his third time over there and we thought he was safe because he wasn’t out patrolling anymore.”

Bishop joined the Marine Corps through the delayed entry program in September 2002. He “went active” in 2003 and went to Afghanistan “right out of boot camp,” his mother said.

“Oh, we were so proud of him,” she said. “He was always the leader. He was the top of his class in everything he did.”

She said her son was active in virtually every sport, including high school football.
And he was very close to his family, she said.

“He was beautiful, he was my baby,” she said. “I’ve got plaques…he excelled in everything he did.”

She said her son came home from his first assignment in Iraq in March 2006 and left again for his second tour there in December.

“He always said he would protect us, that nobody would ever hurt us,” said his older sister, Wendy Stewart, as she recalled the memories of her little brother. “He was the kind that would always come to your rescue.”

She said she is expecting a child soon and plans to name the baby after her brother. “He was like that with everybody,” said his wife, Emma.

“His nieces and nephews adored him,” said Bishop’s sister-in-law, Tina Hagewood. “The older nephews looked up to him as a role model. They loved him. They cherished him.”

Military officials said yesterday that the fallen Marine was expected to be home today.
Bishop, the youngest of six children born to Birdie and the late Gray Bishop, was a 2002 graduate of Dickson County High School where he played football and other sports.

In November 2006 he married his high school friend, Emma Katherine Peery of Dickson, who graduated from DCHS in 2004 and is currently in her junior year at Lipscomb University.

“We were just friends in high school and we just had this connection and we were close to each other always,” Emma said. “I guess just from the moment he came home from Afghanistan we knew we wanted to be together. We kind of waited for each other, like our moment was never right.”

But when the moment was finally right the couple began planning their future together.

“We were planning our life together and we would talk on the phone for hours about everything,” Emma said. “We wanted to start a family; we wanted to get through my schooling so we could hurry up and start a family.

Emma said her husband was slated to come home from his current tour in July. “At first it was to be June but it got pushed back to July,” she said.

Steve Baggett, minister at the Walnut Street Church of Christ where Adam and Emma were married and her family attends services, said that while Adam’s death is sad, he’s thankful for his dedicated service to his country.

“I’m so thankful for young men and women like Adam who are willing to fight for the freedom which we so much enjoy and even give their lives for that freedom,” Baggett said.

“When this beautiful young couple, obviously very much in love, were married five months ago – in November 2006 – we thought they would enjoy many years of happiness and positive accomplishments together,” said George Caudill, former Dickson County Schools superintendent and who performed the couple’s wedding ceremony. “But we never know what lies around the corner. On April 20 we were saddened by Adam’s untimely death. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with Adam’s mom (Birdie Bishop) and the whole family during this time of grief.”

Local attorney and former Dickson city judge, Brian Ragan, said he has been a friend of the Peery family for a long time and “this is a very sad situation.”

“We live in the greatest nation on the face of the earth, and it has been made possible through the service and sacrifice of brave individuals such as Lance Cpl. Adam Bishop,” Ragan said Monday. “May Lance Cpl. Bishop always be honored and remembered for his sacrifice on our behalf, and may God bless the Bishop and Peery families as they struggle with such a tremendous loss.”

Visitation is 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Dickson Funeral Home. The funeral, with full military honors, will be at noon Saturday at the funeral home followed by burial in Sherwood Cemetery in Vanleer.

ANTI-GAY PROTESTORS HEADED FOR DICKSON

The Kansas-based, anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has issued a statement announcing its intentions to protest the military funeral Saturday of 23-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Adam Bishop of Dickson.

Bishop was killed by hostile fire in Fallujah, Iraq a week ago.

The Kansas church teaches that God hates the United States because the country has been taken over by gays, which the church says is a sin that God punishes by killing American troops. The group has traveled around the country to spread its message by protesting military funerals. But, some local residents are urging others to show support to the fallen Marine and his family as the funeral procession travels from Dickson to Vanleer.

The Marine will be buried in Sherwood Cemetery. Donna Matlock, of Charlotte, who is heralding the call for local support for Bishop’s wife and family during the service and burial, said the funeral and the war has nothing to do with gay rights.

“That poor family will see this protest while they bury their son, her husband?” Matlock said. “That’s just beyond me. I can’t even comprehend this. This is not about religion. This is not about politics. This is about love. The God I serve is all about love and forgiveness. Sometimes, it’s hard but you do it.”

“Regardless of your politics, regardless of your religion, you forgive,” she added. “Nobody knows what he (Bishop) thought about things. We don’t all agree on what Bush is doing. But he (Bishop) did his job and he gave his life for his country. That’s what this is about.”

Rick Chandler, the Dickson Public Safety director, said he received the statement from the church group Tuesday and that a permit isn’t necessary because “they are classifying this as a religious event.”

He said the Dickson Police Department is working with the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol in developing a plan to prepare for the event.

“They put us on notice they were coming. When you push the buttons of a suffering family or a community, confrontation can occur,’’ Chandler said.

Chandler said he has spoken with other communities that have experienced the Westboro group and was told members will likely videotape the funeral in case of confrontation. Chandler said a motorcycle group known as the Patriot Guard, primarily made up of military veterans, is expected to attend the funeral as “counter protesters.”