Obituary John R Bishop,
St Louis, Missouri, 27 Mar 1904
Mexico Evening Ledger, Audrain County, Mexico, Missouri, 29 March 1904 The remains of John R. Bishop, who died in St Louis the result of injuries received by a fall last winter, arrived in this city Tuesday at noon and the funeral services were conducted from the M.E. Church, South, by Rev. J.H. Prichett at two o'clock that afternoon. Mr. Bishop was a contractor who lived in this city several years ago and was well known here. He built the Christian church many years ago.
Obituary Sophronia (Hunter) Bishop,
St Louis, Missouri, 19 May 1907
Mexico Morning Intelligencer, Audrain County, Mexico, Missouri, 23 February 1907 Mrs. Jno. R. Bishop. Mrs. Bishop, widow of Jno. R. Bishop, and who was buried here on May 20th was Miss Sophronia Hunter and was born in Lincoln county, Mo., on September 19, 1831. She died May 19th 1907 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Laura Bishop Bush at 5053 Morris street. Her funeral was held at the church in St. Louis by Rev. T.E. Sharp assisted by Revs. J. H. Young and C. W. Webdell, all three her former pastors. In her earlier married life she lived twenty years or more in Mexico, where she had a host of friends, and which she had always called "home". She was buried by the side of her husband, who died about 3 years ago on the 55th anniversary of their marriage; and she lies near her son John B. who died while railroading. A pathetic incident of her last day was that when delirious she imagined that she was on the train going to Mexico. "Thats St. Charles and the river." She remembered, "That's Warrenton, and that's Montgomery. Oh there's Mexico and home. And glancing at a dog lying near the bed she called him the name of one she had had here twenty years before." Mrs. Bishop was a woman of character and conscience. There may have been times when she was wrong, but when she was right, which was most of the time, she was right forcefully and practically. If she was a woman of many words she heaped her good deeds and these have made a moument that will shame granite so long as those she loved shall live. No sufferer in her reach was unacquainted with her. She had a hand for helping that matched her heart and a head that guided both well. She not only knew the thing to do but knew how to do it --- and did it. There have been periods of months in this writer's home when pain dwelt there all day and night; but no sun set that this woman did not pass his door and bring sunny ministrations. He is not the only one, who could write this truthfully, nor the only one who would be glad to write it. There are many stilled voices that would rejoice to utter their graditude were it possible. She was the mother of four children, all of whom except the oldest, survive her: John B. Bishop, deceased, formerly of Vandalia, Mo.; Mrs. Annie Pearl, of Litchfield, Ill.; Mrs. Laura Bush and Mr. William L. Bishop, of St. Louis. She was a member all her life of the Methodist Church, South, and died in a triumphant faith. JNB