Tiny Lorena (Ellison) Bishop

September 2, 1936 ~ April 27, 2020 (age 83)


Sumter, SC…Tiny L. Bishop, a former Child Care Teacher, age 83, and wife of Harry I. Bishop, Air Force Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) and former owner of Harry’s Tackle Box in Sumter, died April 27, 2020 at home.

Born September 2, 1936 in Tampa, Florida, She was the daughter of the late John and Lorena Ellison.  As the last of fourteen children, and with the death of her mother at childbirth, Mrs. Bishop had a pleasant but difficult childhood.  She was raised primarily by her brothers and sisters in Tampa, Florida, and had to work most of her young life to help provide for her own support in the various family households she resided.  After marriage to her husband, Harry I. Bishop, his various military assignments took them to many parts of the world.  Throughout this period, she was a loving wife, a wonderful mother, and a doting grandmother.  As a military wife, she worked hard to help support her husband’s Air Force career and became the mainstay of the family during his periods of remote assignments.

Mrs. Bishop attended school in Tampa, Florida and was a member of the St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.  A former child care teacher, she loved children. She was also very active in numerous community activities and military support groups, including both the SC Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), State and District Ladies Auxiliaries.  She was a life member and past Senior Vice President of the Sumter County Veterans  of Foreign Wars ladies Auxiliary, Post 3034; and also a past member of the Sumter Elks Lodge Ladies Auxiliary, No. 855.  When active, she loved to walk 3 or 4 miles at the Mall each day.

Survivors include a son, John R. Bishop of Sumter; a daughter, Katherine B. Summer and her husband Bill of North Charleston, SC; a grandson and grand daughter-in-law, Jesse and Sarah Summer of Scottsdale, AZ and a great granddaughter, Jolie, also of Scottsdale, AZ; a grandson and grand daughter-in-law, Dylan and Christina Summer, and a great granddaughter, Kelsi Summer, and two great grandsons, Murphy and Bennett Summer of Fayetteville, GA; a brother-in-law, Donnie Bishop of Seneca, PA along with a host of friends and other relatives.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by thirteen brothers and sisters.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Bullock Funeral Home with St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Pastor Wes Conner officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm at Bullock Funeral Home.

A private family burial will be held in the Ft. Jackson National Cemetery.

You may view the service live at by clicking on the obituary of Tiny L. Bishop.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of St. Marks United Methodist Church, Circle 3, and the teachers she knew from the L.C. Childcare Center.

Memorials may be made to St. Marks United Methodist Church, 27 Broad Street, Sumter, SC 29150.

You may go to and sign the family’s guest book online.

The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

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April 29, 2020

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Bullock Funeral Home
1190 Wilson Hall Road
Sumter, SC 29150

Funeral Service
April 29, 2020

2:00 PM
Bullock Funeral Home
1190 Wilson Hall Road
Sumter, SC 29150

Video is available for this event

Private Interment

Ft. Jackson National Cemetery
4170 Percival Rd
Columbia, SC 29229

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