Barry R. Hunter
Bishop, 1971 - 2007
As I watched the TV screen
in silence as they reported the events that took place at Virginia
Tech, I felt sorrow for all of the families that would ultimately
be involved in the sorrow and the pain. Little did I know that
it would affect me as well. I didn’t think I knew anyone
there, but I found out I was wrong and the pain has hit and won’t
go away. It’s not pain for me, but for a friend of mine
who has enjoyed his accomplishments as a writer, but more so
in the accomplishments and the success of his children.
I’ve known Michael
(Mike) Bishop for over thirty years. I have enjoyed everything
he has written including the glimpses of his family life on Christmas
cards and emails about works in progress and how the children
were growing and what they were doing. I’ve visited in
his home and sat at his dinner table. But right now, I can’t
come up with a single word to let him know I’m there for
him and his family.
By now, the entire nation
knows about Jamie and the way he left this world for a better
one. Jamie was valedictorian of his class, received a Bachelors
and Masters degree in German from the University of Georgia ,
went to Germany as a Fulbright Scholar, and spent several years
in Germany where he worked as a translator, English teacher and
other things. There he found the love of his life and brought
her back as his wife. He spent five years at UNC Chapel Hill
and moved to Virginia Tech two years ago to teach German.
Jamie was also an artist
having done several book covers for his fathers’ books
and other authors as well. His latest has just appeared on Aberrant
Dreams 9. He also was into digital photography and had a
terrific eye for what he wanted to accomplish.
Mike taught at the Air Force
Academy and is currently Writer in Residence at Lagrange College
. Jeri is a school counselor. Jamie’s wife Steffi (Stephanie
Hofer) is also a German teacher at Virginia Tech. This made it
hard for Jamie to go in any other direction.
From all accounts Jamie
loved life and lived it to the fullest and he died doing what
he loved best. His website is www.memory39.com.
My prayers and my love go
out to Jamie’s family: his wife - Steffi , his parents
– Mike and Jeri, and his sister – Stephanie her husband
Joel and their two children. I have no words to express the pain
in my heart or a way to help remove your pain. Just know that
my prayers and my love are with you.