PHS athletic administrative assistant passes away

Published 2:11 pm Friday, March 25, 2011

By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor

Pelham High School athletic administrative assistant Jane Bishop is being remembered today by friends, family and co-workers as a loving and caring person who made a difference in the lives of those around her after passing away March 25 from complications following a brain hemorrhage.

Bishop, who suffered a severe brain hemorrhage on the way back from seeing her sons Michael and Andrew play in a college baseball game March 22, served as the school’s athletic administrative assistant under Pelham head football coach and athletic director Brett Burnett.

Burnett said Bishop made a long-lasting impact in the Pelham community.


“She would do whatever needed to be done,” Burnett said. “She cared about the kids and the community. She made a difference in a lot of people’s lives.”

Pelham football chaplain Donnie Sisk, who said he was shocked to learn about Bishop’s sudden medical emergency, said Bishop made everyone feel at home around her.

“Jane was tremendous,” Sisk said. “She was a momma to everybody.”

Bishop suffered a brain hemorrhage on her way back home from Auburn, where she watched her sons Michael and Andrew play for Jacksonville State University against Auburn University. Twin brothers Michael and Andrew, who played at Pelham, are freshmen at Jacksonville State. Bishop also had one daughter, Briana.

“She loved her kids,” Sisk said.

Bishop’s husband James thanked everyone for their thoughts and prayers in a facebook post following her death.

“My partner, friend, mother of my children and encourager has passed from this life due to a severe brain hemorrhage she suffered on Tuesday night,” read Bishop’s message. “I appreciate all of the support and encouragement. I wish that I could respond individually to the hundreds of emails, facebook mails, text messages, and voice mails. Again, thank you for your support of Briana, Michael and Andrew during this tough time.”