Derrick Bishop, affectionately known as “DC” and “Hammer”, departed this life Thursday, May 6, 2021, at his home in West Columbia, South Carolina.
Derrick was raised in a loving home by his parents, Lugenia and Ellie Bishop on the 1300 block of 46th Street, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised with his four brothers, Jefferson “Half Pint”, Calvin, Alex “Poochie” and Michael; and four sisters, Virginia, Connie, Thomasina, and Ellen He played both football and basketball in high school where he was given the nickname, “Hammer” by all who knew his talents.
Derrick graduated high school in 1983 and continued his education completing his undergrad at Limestone University. However, that was not enough. He proceeded at full speed, accomplishing three Master’s Degrees in Business, Business Management and Human Resources. Continuing education and academics remained on the forefront of his priorities and in his mentorship of his protégés.
Upon graduating high school, Derrick enlisted into the United States Army in July of 1983. He participated in many tours including Operation Desert Storm, and Liberation and Defense of Kuwait and Defense of Saudi Arabia. He rounded the end of his service by becoming a distinguished and high standing recruiter in South Carolina. So much, that he achieved the United States Army Recruiting Ring and earned three stars on his Army Gold Recruiter Badge.
Derrick met the love of his life, Pat in November of 1999 and married her July 7, 2007. They have been inseparable ever since. Together their guidance facilitated children they bragged about at every chance they had.
Derrick was preceded in death by his parents, Ellie and Lugenia Bishop; three brothers, Michael Bishop, Alex “Poochie” Bishop, and Calvin Bishop; two sisters, Virginia Charles and Connie Bishop.
Derrick leaves to cherish his memories to his wife, Patricia Bishop; two sons, Derrick Bishop and Darnell Bishop; two daughters, Syteria Lykes and Melody Brown; sisters, Thomasina Wilson and Ellen Williams; brother, Jefferson Bishop; a host of nieces and nephews; and best friends, Elwood “Smitty” Smith and Keith “Fred” Forney.
Derrick’s reach extended through a plethora of family members, close friends and even all who he interacted.
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