Dorothy Spivey Bishop

June 3, 1934 - March 2, 2016
Dorothy Spivey Bishop


The life of Dorothy (Dottie) Bishop (age 82) ended on March 2, 2016 after a two-year struggle with multiple myeloma.

She was born the first of four daughters of Lewis Kelly Spivey and Claudia Estepp Spivey of Scott County, Virginia.
She is survived by Gerald Arthur Bishop, her beloved husband of fifty-eight years; her dear daughter, Deidre B. Armstrong and grandson, Brock Addington Armstrong. Other survivors include her sisters: Edina S. McConnell, High Point, NC; Reba Emily Counts, Abington, VA; Carole S. Edwards and husband Chuck, Greenville, NC. She also leaves 5 nephews and a remarkable niece.

Mrs. Bishop’s career as a teacher spanned 4 decades beginning in 1955, throughout the state of Virginia, ending in 1999, with a decade at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington. To her, teaching was more than a career; it was a sacred trust.
Respecting her wishes, the family will not plan a local service commemorating her passing. At a later time, there will be a simple graveside “inurnment” in Blacksburg, VA.

Gifts in Dorothy’s memory may be sent to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr. Wilmington, NC 28401

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  • March 04, 2016
    Leigh Carter says:
    Ms. Bishop was a highlight of middle school. She was so genuine and when she looked at you, you knew she was going to tell you the truth. I have a poem I wrote once in her class about her getting "mad" at me. I was so disappointed in myself for doing something to cause her to feel that way toward me that I dedicated a poem to it. I remember when she edited it she changed "mad" to "angry," as mad implied that she had become a crazy person. I get a kick out of that. What a loss. I know she will be missed by so many.

  • May 03, 2016
    Kay Ansell says:
    Dee, we Ansells continue to pray for you and Brock. You have a wonderfully caring mother-in-law, Barbara, who is so supportive and like us, holds you in our hearts. Be at peace, Kay & Ed (Charlottesville, VA).

  • March 08, 2016
    Courtney Dane says:
    I will never forget Mrs. Bishop, for she was the special person who made me fall in love with poetry and reading. She had a way of making something complicated become something simple and beautiful; she will always be a part of my life. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to spend time with her in school. What a wonderful person with such a sweet, kind and understanding way that made people want to be around her. Mrs. Bishop you will be greatly missed but never ever forgotten.

  • March 07, 2016
    Peggy O'Brien says:
    Mrs. Bishop was a wonderful mom and friend. She raised a beautiful daughter. She will be dearly missed. Much love to her family.

  • March 06, 2016
    Thea Hagepanos says:
    Dottie Bishop was a joy - a genuine, charming, soul filled with humor, kindness and wisdom. I thought she was one of the smartest, most insightful and loving people I've ever met. Thank you, Dottie - for the lessons on how to live life with integrity and heart.