90 years and counting: Vernon Bishop celebrates a life in Walton County

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM.

"If you had a long string, old, rusty hook, rusty nut and a crooked pole, you have a fishing pole," he said.

After marrying his wife, Loyce, and having two children, Bishop made a life for himself in Walton County and never regretted it.

Not just being a resident, but being a leader was important to Bishop. Leadership, Bishop said, is just what this community needs.

"We've got people in leadership. Sometimes they're doing good things, sometimes they're not doing anything," he said. "People need to get really involved in issues that we need and stay with it."

As a community leader, Bishop said he wanted to give future residents the chance to have things that he didn't have growing up, like parks. When local government wanted to sell a piece of land, now known as Legion Park , Bishop convinced local leaders to use the land as a public park.

"I kept the government from selling that land for almost nothing," he said.  

Even holding a government position with the Mosquito Control District, Bishop said he tried to stay away from holding a county commissioner spot, even though he was asked to run.

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