Sandra Bishop with the Lord

Clint Morgan


Sandra Ogletree Bishop, 70, went to her eternal reward on Saturday, July 18, 2020, after a brief battle with cancer. Sandra was born August 27, 1949, in Tift County, Georgia, to Mrs. Julia Faye Franks Ogletree and the late Leonard Ogletree.

Sandra received her bachelor’s degree from Welch College in 1971. The following year she served on a short-term mission team to Sapporo (Hokkaido), Japan, to minister during the 1972 Winter Olympics.

Sandra and her husband Dale followed the Lord’s call into career missions and were appointed by IM, Inc. (formerly Free Will Baptist International Missions) to Japan in 1973. Their service on the field was exemplary. They were loved, admired, and appreciated by their missionary colleagues and the Japanese people. Sandra is remembered by her associates as humble, fun loving, kind, hardworking, determined, committed, and hospitable, among many other admirable qualities.

At the time of her passing, Sandra was residing in Tifton, Georgia, following the couple’s retirement December 31, 2017, after 44 years of faithful service in Japan.

Her son Doug and his family presently serve as missionaries in Japan. They arrived in the States only a few days before her passing but were able to spend some precious moments with Sandra and the family. Sandra was surrounded by her loving family as she slipped from this life.

In addition to her father, Sandra was preceded in death by one brother, Derrick Ogletree. She is survived by her mother; husband, Larry Dale Bishop; her sons Jeffery Bishop of Atlanta; Kevin Bishop of Denver, Colorado; and Douglas (Miriam) Bishop of Japan; her daughter, Jennifer (James) Cornelius of Nashville, Tennessee; seven grandchildren, Alex, Oliver, Abby, Scarlet, Hazel, Felix, and Arthur; along with one brother, Gregory P. Ogletree of Tifton, Georgia.

A private memorial service was held Tuesday, July 21, at Corinth Freewill Baptist Church, Sandra’s home church in Tifton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to IM, Inc.: PO Box 5002, Antioch, TN  37011-5002 or online at

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