Tenacious – “Tending to stick firmly to any decision, plan, or opinion without changing or doubting it.” This is a word that could be used to describe the quality needed to introduce and carry through on a big dream in a small community. Chuck Bishop had that character quality.
Charles (Chuck) was reared in Swifton, Arkansas, and graduated from Swifton High School. He was a WWII veteran and served in the Navy from 1944 to 1948. On May 14, 1949, he married Velma Jean Turner. Their 65-year marriage was filled with love an unity. In 1953 he graduated from the University of Arkansas – School of Pharmacy. From 1954 to 1971 he worked as a pharmaceutical salesman for Parke-Davis Drug Co. He received the Salesman of the Year Award.
In 1971 he moved to Dover, Arkansas, and worked as a self-employed pharmacist and owner of the Dover Pharmacy from 1971 to 1997. From 1998 to 2014 he continued to work part time as a pharmacist at Cobb Drug Store in Ola and Rose Drug Store in Danville. He was a life-long member of the Arkansas State Pharmacy Association. He loved the sport of football and basketball. He was a lifelong Arkansas Razorback fan and active supporter of the University of Arkansas sports program and the U. of A. School of Pharmacy. He was a member of the Dover School board and active with the Dover School system. He was a member of the Dover Lion’s club. He loved the Lord and belonged to the Dover First United Methodist Church.
All of Chuck’s life he worked hard, never wanting to retire. He would help anyone who needed it. He was born in 1925, making him a member of “The Greatest Generation” originated from Tom Brokaw’s 1998 book in which he stated, “it is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produce.” He argued that these men and women fought not for fame and recognition but because it was the “right ting to do.” That was a principle evident in Chuck’s life by his active involvement in the Dover Community, along with his desire to start a new venture in the golden years of his life. This endeavor resulted in the 2007 incorporation of the Dover Public Education Foundation.
From 2007 to 2011 Chuck set about speaking with community members, ultimately forming the DPEF charter Board of Directors. As they say, “The rest is history.” Chuck was able to attend the Inaugural Gala in 2012 and again in 2013. He will be sorely missed during the 2014 Gala. Many times he reminded the Board to “think big – dream big – the Dover community is the greatest place to live.” Thank you, Chuck, for your great dedication to Dover.