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Emily Bishop

December 27, 1924 — June 3, 2024

Emily Bishop

Emily Bishop, a beloved musician and cherished member of her community, passed away on June 3, 2024, at the age of 99. Born on December 27, 1924, in Waxahachie, Texas, Emily was the fourth child of Jake Cook and Georgia Cavender. She was preceded in death by her siblings Agnes, Lynn, Cotton, Texana, and Norma. She is survived by her stepson Michael Bishop and wife Chris, stepdaughter Patricia Drake, and son Kelley Bishop and wife Rhonda. 

 

Emily's musical journey began as a youngster when her family moved to Dallas, Texas, in the 1930s. Graduating from Forest High School in 1943, she demonstrated exceptional talent on the piano, accordion, and organ, and played briefly with an all-female swing band. Alongside her sisters Texana and Norma, she formed the Cook Sisters trio, captivating audiences with their charming energy and soaring harmonies. During World War II, they performed benefit concerts for wounded soldiers and frequently appeared on local radio programs.

 

In 1955, Emily married Charles “Chuck” D. Bishop, a mechanical engineer who also dabbled in radio and other creative arts.

 

Throughout the 1960s, Emily contributed her music talents to various bands and choirs, notably at her church in Dallas. Beyond music, she was actively involved in her community, serving as President of the Parent Teachers Association and later in the 1970s working as an administrative assistant for Weight Watchers.

 

Emily's creativity knew no bounds. In the 1970s and 80s, she ventured into arts and crafts, establishing 'Crafty Things by Emily,' where she created decorative birdhouses, dolls, and purses, garnering admiration at regional craft shows.

 

Emily and her husband retired to Holly Lake Ranch, Texas in 1995, moving into a house next to her sister Texana. There, they cultivated lasting friendships and reveled in social activities. Emily’s musical pursuits continued as she and Chuck formed a band called "Pickin' & Grinnin'," bringing joy to their community.

 

In 2019, Emily relocated to Silver Spring, Maryland, to be near her son, Kelley, and his wife, Rhonda. At age 97, she gave a final performance at her living community.

 

Emily Bishop's legacy is one of warmth, kindness, and musical radiance. She leaves behind fond memories of love and laughter, forever cherished by her family, friends, and those whose lives she graced with her presence.

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Visitation

Sunday, June 9, 2024

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central (no DST) time)

Croley Funeral Home - Hawkins

602 Blackbourn St, Hawkins, TX 75765

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Funeral Service

Monday, June 10, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central (no DST) time)

Croley Funeral Home - Hawkins

602 Blackbourn St, Hawkins, TX 75765

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