Wes Bishop and his wife, Margaret, moved to Sweetwater on Sept. 1, 1977, to become the first Director of Physical Therapy at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, where he served for nearly 36 years, until poor health recently forced him to step down. He was instrumental in the planning, fundraising and development of two new physical therapy departments, going from a two hundred square foot department in 1977, to a 2,000 square foot department in 1982, to a 6,000 square foot, state-of-the-art complex in 1998. He was the first recipient at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital of the prestigious Dr. Frist Humanitarian Award in 1982.
Wes graduated from Snyder High School in 1970. While at SHS, he was a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. He was the sophomore class favorite, sophomore class president, senior class favorite and Mr. Snyder High School in 1970.
Wes was the captain of the Snyder High School basketball team, earning All District, All Area, All South Plains and All West Texas his senior year. He also lettered in baseball all three years at SHS, earning All District and All Area honors and received the Robert Hobbs Memorial Most Valuable Player Award in 1970. He was inducted into the Snyder Sports Hall of Honor in September 2008, and his picture hangs in the atrium of the Snyder High School gymnasium.
Wes attended Abilene Christian College on a baseball scholarship and served his fifth year, in 1975, as assistant baseball coach. While at ACC, he set the following four school records: single season home runs, single season RBI’s, career records for RBI’s and total bases. Sixteen years later, he was actively involved in the ACU Nolan Ryan Celebrity Quail Hunt, a fundraising event benefiting the reinstated baseball program for Abilene Christian University.
After graduation from Abilene Christian College in 1975, with a degree in biology and physical education, he attended physical therapy school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, graduating in 1977.
Wes has been very active in the Sweetwater community, serving as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nolan County American Heart Association for two years, member of the Hospice Board of Directors, member of the American Physical Therapy Association and chairman of the Mayor’s Committee for the Disabled. In 1982, he was named Outstanding Young Man of America, and in 1986, he was elected the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Young Man and in 2013 was named Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Male Citizen. He coached youth basketball and soccer for eight years, and youth baseball for 20 years and founded and was the first President of Tee Ball in Sweetwater. He was instrumental in leading the renovation of the Sweetwater High School baseball facilities in 1996. He also served as sponsor for the Sweetwater High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Wes served on the Sweetwater ISD Board of Trustees for 10 years, serving as president in 2006. During his tenure, the high school football field was renovated with artificial turf, thanks to the sponsorship of Larry Durham, a former Sweetwater High School alumnus.
Wes has been a member of the Fourth & Elm Church of Christ for 36 years, serving as sixth grade Sunday school teacher, care group leader, deacon for 20 years and elder for the past eight years.
Wes is the son of Colleen and the late Garland Bishop of Snyder. Before becoming engaged to his wife, Margaret Fain, of Littlefield, in 1975, she had to recite the starting line-up of the Chicago Cubs, his favorite professional baseball team. (Nobody loved baseball like Wes Bishop!) They have been married 38 years, and have three sons, Brett and his wife, Jenna of San Antonio; Lance and Reid, both of Austin. He is also survived by his father-in-law Dr. J.R. Fain and wife Sharon of Lubbock; his sister-in-law, Kelly Jackson and husband Don; and several cousins.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Clay; grandparents; mother-in law, Tommie Fain; and brother-in-law, Sam Fain; and one cousin.
A visitation will be held Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at McCoy Chapel of Memories. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Fourth and Elm Church of Christ with Mike Crowley and family members officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery with McCoy Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Rick Rhodes, Ronnie Williams, Steve Holcomb, Tim Hall, Dr. Michael Glover and Donny Allen.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Elders of Fourth and Elm Church of Christ.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com .