Clannie Halford Bishop, Jr.

Published 10:45 pm Sunday, December 20, 2020

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TRYON – Clannie Halford Bishop, Jr, 87, of Tryon, NC passed away December 14, 2020 at White Oak Manor in Tryon.


Halford was born in Tryon on December 26, 1932. He spent his childhood in Saluda and later in Tryon and attended Tryon High School. He was the son of the late Clannie Halford Bishop, Sr and Lila Hipp Bishop both of Saluda, NC. Halford was active in the Air Force from 1953 to 1957. He served in the Korean War, stationed at Misawa, Japan. In 1956, he married his one and only love Betty Blackwell Bishop of Rutherfordton, NC. They were married for 61 years when Betty passed in February 2018.

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Halford was a gentle man and was always willing to help others. He treated everyone like he had known them forever. If you ever wanted to know anything about Polk County or the Saluda trains, he was the one to ask. Along with his wife Betty, he loved growing vegetables every summer and canning/freezing the vegetables as well as sharing them with others. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and collecting guns.


Halford is survived by two daughters – Debbie Bishop Gaither (Larry) and grandson James Gaither of Charlotte, NC; Julie Bishop Daniel (Richard) and grandsons Eric and Scott of Raleigh, NC; his one surviving sister Carolyn Hayes (Ken) of Boiling Springs, SC; and two extended family members Terry Bishop of Columbus, NC and Ray Klovach of Mill Spring, NC.


In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Bishop Carr and Rosemary Bishop DeVine; and two brothers Jerry Bishop and Stanley Bishop.


The family will have a private service, due to Covid-19, in the new year. Halford will receive full military honors and will lie in rest next to Betty at Polk Memorial Gardens.


The Bishop family would like to thank White Oak Manor and Hospice of the Carolina Foothills for the wonderful love and care they give all their patients, especially during this rough time. 


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.


An online guest register is available


McFarland Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Tryon, NC