November 2, 1926 – January 24, 2023

Mrs. Mattie Ruth Lanier Bishop, age 96, passed away on Tuesday, January 24th 2023 at Ogeechee Area Hospice inpatient facility.

She was born in Bulloch County on November 2nd 1926 to the late James Hardy Lanier and Mattie Clifton Lanier. Mrs. Bishop was proud of her education, she graduated from Statesboro High School in 1943, then earned a degree from Georgia Teachers College, and attained a Masters in Arts from Mercer University.

She was a teacher in Bulloch County for 40 years before retiring from Sally Zetterower. In her retirement, she and her late husband Carl volunteered at East Georgia Regional Medical Center together for over 20 years. Mrs. Bishop loved her family and the time they spent together. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Carl Bishop, and her son, Jimmy Carlton Bishop.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Janis and Rodney Williams of Statesboro, her granddaughters, Sara Williams Smith (Chris) and Hanna Williams Stanley (Daniel), her great-grandchildren, Tyler Smith, Mattie Smith, Landon Stanley, Cooper Stanley, and Brooklyn Stanley, two great-great-grandchildren, Caroline Smith and Evie Smith, as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday, January 26th, from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.

The funeral will be on Friday January 26 at 11:00am at Friendship Baptist Church with Pastor Lee Collins and Dr. Tony Pagliarullo officiating. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Williams, Daniel Stanley, Chris Smith, Tyler Smith, Landon Stanley, Tim Erdmier, Mickey NeSmith, and Rahn Hutchinson.

The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, PO Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459.

Friends may sign the online register book at

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements.

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JAN 26. 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (ET)

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home – Statesboro

502 Miller Street Ext.

Statesboro, GA 30458

Funeral Service

JAN 27. 11:00 AM (ET)

Friendship Baptist Church

4025 Friendship Chuch Road

Statesboro,, GA 30458