Barbara ‘Machelle’ Fisher Bishop, age 32 of Carthage, ascended from Earth to open arms from Granny, Joe Bob, Hussey’s and family, on Saturday, December 18th at 6:40 am. 

Machelle was a shining star and would light any room she entered with her loving, playful and caring nature.  She loved to laugh, was an optimist at heart, added glitter and rainbows to everything and always found her peace with crashing waves and sand between her painted toes.  Machelle was a people person with a soft spot for children of all ages, and had a special way of loving on the elderly and behaviorally challenged kids. Many folks knew through her through sales positions at the cell phone store in Carthage, and working with hearing aids at Beltone, or through her position at Sandhills Pediatrics, where she was known to help calm many anxious children down before their appointments with play and making paper airplanes. Machelle was creative, carried a hot glue gun in her purse and appreciated the country beauty of flowers, cardinals and hummingbirds she enjoyed from her porch. There’s no doubt that she is walking the streets of gold in her faith. 

Anyone who knew Machelle heard about her 15 year old daughter, ‘Princess Keria’ Faith Brock, a sophomore at Union Pines, who loves theater and music with an affinity to the violin, who has had her mom around her little finger since the days she was born, and Nik Bishop her son who she was so very proud of the man he has become, who is in the Navy with Patrol Squadron one “Screaming Eagles”, stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Machelle and David Bishop were together for a decade, loved deeply and created lifetime experiences together. 

Machelle was the daughter of Joe Bob Fisher (deceased, from Robbins) and Tammy Bowles Fisher of Asheboro. Grandparents Kester and Barbara Hussey “Granny” (deceased) Ashworth of Putnam, who raised, loved, and supported her as one of their children, Jasper Lincoln Bowles of Montgomery County (deceased) and Shelia Bowles Whitney of Albemarle.  Machelle was ‘Sissy’ to Katlyn Scott with Levi Caviness, of High Falls and Hailey Scott of Robbins. Keith & Julia Davis of Troy, were loving aunts and uncles, with their children, Marshall and Emma, and Aunt Pam Fisher of Raleigh, who adored Machelle as she would a child of her own. 

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, January 7, 2022 at 5:30 pm at Community Friends Church, 3879 US-501, Carthage, NC 28327. Attendees are encouraged to wear sparkle, bright colors and pink to ensure the service is full of glitter and her playful personality. Unicorns and paper airplanes are also welcome :). 

In lieu of flowers, a college and unforeseen life expense fund has been established for Keria Faith Brock. Contributions may be mailed to Keria Brock Fund,  PO Box 1952, Carthage, NC 28327.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Bishop family. 

Condolences may be made at


Celebration of Life: January 7, 2021 5:30 pm

Community Friends Church
3879 Hwy 15-501
Carthage, NC 28327


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  1. Michelle you will be greatly missed by many and your memories of you are here to stay in our hearts. Till we meet again i will cherish the memories of our family gatherings or conversations that we had and many laughs we shared. Keria will carry you on through the love and compassion of you as her Mother.
    Fly high beautiful
    Loves always
    Bekkah, Chase and Chance

  2. As one of Machelle’s 6th grade teachers, I am saddened to hear of her passing. She had a warm, giving heart. Praying for her daughter and family.

  3. You were an amazing person! I know you are currently sitting on a beach with a drink in your hand and the sun beaming on your face. I was so happy to reconnect with you 3 weeks ago and we were making plans to craft together. This all seems unreal. God knew I needed to see you before he took you. I will forever love you and with cherish the memories we have shared together. From our lunch dates, drinking by the pool, the love we both shared for animals, talking for hours about everything and anything, tanning dates, breakfast dates and just many more. Fly high my friend.

  4. Fly High “Little Wing” and light the sky “Shining Star.” You will be greatly missed and your work in Earth is done abundantly.

  5. You will be missed so dearly. I loved you so much and thought the world of you! You were always so thoughtful of others and so so creative when it came to a project. You loved Keria so much and was always so proud of her at everything she did! I will cherish every memory that we had from my pool, tanning bed, birthday parties, and our late night phone calls. My love for you was unconditional. Till we meet again keep me a place at the beach and a drink 💕

  6. Machelle was a very bright sixth grader and I loved getting to know her, as she was a shining star in my classroom. She was soft spoken and self motivated. She was mature and very smart. May God give her family the peace that passes understanding as they deal with this loss of a great young lady. 🙏

  7. Thankful for the chance to get to know Machelle through teaching her daughter, Keria and when I would take my children to Sandhills Pediatric. Always so kind to our family. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Sending prayers of peace and understanding to Machelle’s family. It was a pleasure working with Machelle and she will be missed. I’ll always cherish our craft conversations but most importantly our personal conversations. Until we meet again.

  9. I will always cherish the many many memories I have been blessed to have of and with you Chelle…. your smile and your laugh oh how I wish I could hug you one more time but it wouldn’t be enough…. give Pawpaw Jap a kiss for me…. I love you girl…. my brightest shining star!!!

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