Dr. Clifford Allen Bishop of Carbondale, went home to Christ on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at his residence in Carbondale. He had attained the age of 37 years, 9 months and 20 days. Allen was a lecturer in the Physics department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
He was born on September 24, 1978 in Macon, Ga., the son of Clifford and Mary Dell (Davis) Bishop.
Allen attended Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, Georgia. He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in 2005 in both Physics and Mathematics. Allen went on to receive his Ph.D. in Physics in 2012 in the lab of Dr. Mark Byrd. He worked as a research scientist and lecturer in physics, wrote numerous publications, and held a patent. He contributed to our understanding of this world.
Allen was a friend to everyone he met. His best friend was his brother, Steve. Allen was humble and hard-working, from picking berries to sell as a child to cooking at the Waffle House to laying bricks, even after he had obtained his Ph.D. He was kind, bringing home an endless stream of abandoned animals. He loved children and dreamed of having a wife and family of his own one day. His fondest wish was to do physics and have a farm with cows. He was our pride and our joy and will be deeply missed. Most importantly, Allen was a Christian. Because he put his faith in Christ, we know that we will see him again one day.
He is survived by his father, Clifford Bishop, of Nashville; his brother Stephen Bishop and wife Meryl of Nashville, his sister Rebecca Bowen and husband Lewis of Hagerstown, Maryland; his niece, Megan Bishop; his nephews, Sean and Henry Bowen; and his friend Carl Kinney.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Bishop.
Funeral services will be held at Elkville Christian Church in Elkville, on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11 AM with Rev. Les Boldt officiating. Interment will follow at the DeSoto Cemetery in Desoto.
Friends may call at the Campagna Funeral Home in Nashville, on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 5 PM until 8 PM and on Thursday at the church from 10 AM until the service hour.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Nashville Christian Church and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.campagnafuneralhomes.com.