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Rev. Dr. Bernard T. Bishop, Sr., 84, of Elizabethtown, KY,  died on February 3, 2018 at his residence .

Rev. Bishop was a native of Bloomfield, KY and the son of the late Allen Richard and Selena (Edwards) Bishop.  He was married to the late Gloria Samuels Bishop.  Their union was blessed with two sons, Anthony (Rebecca) and Bernard, Jr.

Rev. Bishop received his early education in the Bloomfield Elementary and Jeffersontown, KY schools.   Pastor Bishop accepted Christ and was baptized in the fellowship of Beargrass Baptist Church in Louisville at the age of 10 where he served as a loyal and faithful member.  He acknowledged his call to the Ministry and entered Simmons Bible College in Louisville, KY, where he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Theology in 1966.  In 1975, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Hopkinsville College of the Bible. He served as pastor of Beargrass Baptist Church in Louisville until 1966 when he was called to pastor First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, KY, where he served until his death.

Pastor Bishop served his country in the U. S. Army.  His past services also include, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the General Association of Kentucky Baptists; Trustee of Simmons Bible College, President of the Elizabethtown/Hardin County Ministerial Association (He was the Senior Pastor.) and Grand Chaplain of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Kentucky.

He was the president of the Kentucky Baptist Missionary and Education State Convention, Inc., served on the Mission Board of the Kentucky Missionary Baptist Association, a board member of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc, a charter member of the Hub City Lodge #172 in Elizabethtown, KY, a member of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club (holding the highest honor of Paul Harris Fellow), a member of the Central Consistory (32nd and 33rd Degree of Masonry),  a member of the Hardin County Education Foundation serving on the nominating committee, Chairman of Elizabethtown Housing Authority, devotional leader of the Kentucky delegates in Washington, D.C. and selected a Kentucky Colonel under Governor Bert Combs.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by brothers, William Bishop, Sr., Allen Bishop, Joseph Bishop, Elmo Bishop, Robert Bishop and Theodore Bishop;  sisters Thelma Bishop Houston and Anna Bell Hayes.  

Survivors include his sons, Anthony (Rebecca) Bishop and Bernard Bishop, Jr both of Elizabethtown, KY; one brother, Augustus (Barbara) Bishop of Louisville, KY; brothers-in-law, John Allen Samuels and Jesse Samuels both of Winchester, KY; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bishop and Earlene Bishop, a step-grandson, Nayland English; a host of nieces, nephews and friends. 

Funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, KY with Dr. E. A. Duke, Moderator of Kentucky Missionary Baptist Association as Eulogist.  Burial will follow in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens with full military rites.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday, February 9, 2018 at First Baptist Church.  Masonic Rites will take place at 6:30 pm.


Percell & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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  • Sunday, February 04, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Percell & Sons Funeral Home
  • Monday, February 05, 2018
    I am Lamonte Hornback's sister. Rev. Bishop has been a very good friend to all of our family. He was a good man. Sorry for your loss.
    ~ A. R. & Melva Hatcher   Murray, KY
  • Monday, February 05, 2018
    I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed getting to cut up with Brother Bishop when he would come to the hospital to visit. He always had a funny story. He was quite the jokester! He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers!
    ~ Kevin Hilton   Elizabethtown, KY
  • Monday, February 05, 2018
    My prayers & condolences ! Rev../Pastor/Doctor Bishop .. Take Your Rest In Paradise Amen
    ~ Deborha Chenault   Lexington, KY
  • Sunday, February 04, 2018
    A Man of extreme strength,courage, and loved, who was a beautiful person. And now peaceful and free as a dove, for you will be truly missed and remembered for your love, may you rest in peace for which you truly deserve. To the family be Blessed!
    ~ Jackie Rice Beamus   Louisville, KY
  • Monday, February 05, 2018
    You taught us the word....you showed us the love of God in all you did for and toward others. I was so touched by your spirit and honored to have experienced such a delightful time in the Lord....you will be missed, rest easy. When I think of you. I smile....you always made my heart happy. First Baptist/Family my heart felt condolences.
    ~ PATRICIA MACKEY   WINDSOR MILL, MD
  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018
    I thank God I had Dr. BT Bishop in my developmental teen years. He would take the time to talk to me asking what I was doing and what I was planning for my future. He knew my name. This mighty divine Godly giant had a love for God’s children and people. To his family I pray your strength in the Lord to continue to work on God’s battlefield with His word and wisdom to carry you through this storm. Remember dad is in glory and that is what he worked so hard for. This is a celebration of his life. Amen! Love you all, The McKoy and Fisk Family
    ~ Yvonne McKoy-Fisk   Byron, GA
  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018
    Our Heartfelt Sympathies on the leaving of God's Servant here on earth. He will be missed.
    ~ North Hardin Lions Club   Radcliff, KY
  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018
    Knowing Rev. and Mrs. Bishop was indeed a pleasure. I extend my sincere sympathy to the Bishop family.
    ~ Valinda Livingston   Lexington, KY
  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018
    My family and I extend our sincerest condolences to the Bishop family and the First Baptist Church family. Reverend Bishop took care of my family when our mother passed on at such a young age. It is Reverend Bishop's service and prayer that sustained each of us. His teachings led each of us to accept God in our lives. I pray for the entire First Baptist Family as you undergo the passing on of such a wonderful pastor! Remember as Reverend Bishop often stated, "God is too loving to be unkind and too wise to make a mistake!" We give our prayers and love his family! Reverend Delton and Mrs. Laura McKoy Nichols
    ~ Laura McKoy Nichols   Manassas, VA
  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018
    Sorry for your loss. May God put his loving arms around you all.
    ~ Kay Andrews   Hodgenville, KY
  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018
    Sometimes there just aren't words to express how much a person has meant in the forming of your life. Rev. Bishop has help make us what we are today. God bless the Bishop and Frist Baptist Family at the time of our loss. Love in Christ, Dwight, Angela, Carey, and Valerie
    ~ Dwight and Angela Brown   Riverview, FL
  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018
    Words cannot express the sorrow we feel in the loss of Rev. Bishop. He was always at our side at our time of need and for that we are forever grateful. Praying for peace and comfort that only God can provide for the family. The Lacey Family
    ~ Bettye Lacey McKoy   Indianapolis, IN
  • Wednesday, February 07, 2018
    My prayers are with the family. Rev was my childhood Pastor. Married me and my first husband. Very sadden at his passing. God continue to comfort all who are mourning his passing.
    ~ Angela Burch Roulhac   Hampton, VA
  • Wednesday, February 07, 2018
    I am so honored to say Rev. Baptized me twice, and 3 of my 4 kids.i will forever be grateful for Rev.Bishop, there will never be another like him. I love you and may you Rest On Heavenly Peace and show out in the Heavenly Choir.
    ~ MaQuesha Starks   Ocala, FL
  • Thursday, February 08, 2018
    To Tony Bishop and family: “Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3, Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4,Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God” (2 Corinthians 1:2-4).
    ~ Dr. Sam Maxwell   Tampa, FL
  • Wednesday, February 07, 2018
    Rev Bishop has meant a lot to me and my family. You will be missed so dearly. Thank you for being one of the angles in my life.
    ~ Jessica Farmer Maaon   Powder Springs, GA
  • Friday, February 09, 2018
    Rev. Bishop and his family hold a special place in the hearts of the James family, and he influenced our faith walk significantly through the years. His rest and rewards have been well earned. Our prayers go out to loved ones saddened by his passing unto glory.
    ~ Henry T. James   St. Louis, MO
  • Friday, February 09, 2018
    With deepest sympathy! I've known Bernard since his family lived near LaGrange and the brothers attended Lincoln Institute of Kentucky, Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky.
    ~ Ann Reynolds   Louisville, KY
  • Friday, February 09, 2018
    With deepest sympathy! I've known Bernard since his family lived near LaGrange and the brothers attended Lincoln Institute of Kentucky, Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky.
    ~ Ann Reynolds   Louisville, KY
  • Friday, February 09, 2018
    With deepest sympathy! I've known Bernard since his family lived near LaGrange and the brothers attended Lincoln Institute of Kentucky, Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky.
    ~ Ann Reynolds   Louisville, KY
  • Friday, February 09, 2018
    My prayers are with the family, a wonderful man who will truly be missed.
    ~ Judy Neal   Fern Creek, KY
  • Sunday, February 11, 2018
    We were saddened to hear of the passing of Rev. Bishop. He helped the Butler family through the pain of losing both of my in-laws in 2016. Our prayers are with his family and your church.
    ~ Lavongue Manley   Raleigh, NC
  • Saturday, February 10, 2018
    Thinking of you. So sorry for your loss.
    ~ Denise Miracle   Elizabethtown, KY
  • Monday, February 12, 2018
    GREAT GUY,WE TALKED LOTS ,MISS HIM NOW.
    ~ BOB CHILDERS   E'TOWN, KY
  • Monday, February 12, 2018
    We're so sorry to hear you are grieving the loss of your loved one. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Philippians 4:13 which says: "For all things I have the strength through the one who gives me power". Yes our loving God is there for us if we ask for his help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez