Geneva Bishop Antrum, known as “Sister,” was born to the late Hugh and Marie Graham Bishop in Darlington County, South Carolina. She was the second oldest child of 17 children, 13 of which survived. Raised in a Christian home, she was a strong Christian woman who loved the Lord. Geneva was a committed and dedicated member of New Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. She attended Sunday Church School regularly and was a member of the Flower Club Ministry and the Gospel Chorus. Whatever took place in the church, she always tried to do her best to help. On July 4, 2004, she received a plaque from the New Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church for being a devoted, loyal, and dedicated service member to the Flower Ladies Ministry, and all acts of kindness rendered. “Sister” continued her dedication to her Church by continuing to tithe and support the Church after she relocated.
Geneva was an excellent cook and worked for the Hartsville, SC school system for 24 years. She loved her job. Pies and cakes were her specialties. Upon her retirement in 1986, she received an award for outstanding service at Hartsville Junior High School. In October 1942, she married the love of her life, the late Floyd J. Antrum. From that union, three children were born, Flora M. Antrum Smith, Charlie E. Antrum, and Mary Antrum McKee.
In 2009, as Geneva’s health declined, she moved to Washington, DC, to live with her daughter, Flora Smith. While in DC, she met a lot of people, who soon became good friends. Living in a diverse community, Geneva met neighbors from Chile, China, Guyana, Ethiopia, and many other countries. All of her neighbors loved her and many of them would call her “mama and grandma.” She was very attached to her great grandson, Deonté, who was the love of her life. Deonté considered her as his patient, and she referred to him as “Dashing Doc.” He would take her for a walk, provide her medication, and serve her favorite meals, one of which was CHICKEN FEET! They would play board games together, such as Bingo and Checkers. She also LOVED doing her crossword puzzles. He would sing with her, read the Bible to her, and pray with her on a daily basis. Her favorite song was “That’s alright, That’s alright, as long as I know I got a seat in God’s Kingdom, That’s alright.” Her favorite scripture verse was Psalm 27. She LOVED wearing hats. She had many hats of all colors and of all styles.
Geneva leaves to cherish two children: Flora Smith (Washington, DC), and Charlie Antrum (Bessie-Largo, Maryland), four sisters: Margurite Jones, Daisy Thompson (both of Washington, DC), Nancy Thompson (Capitol Heights, Maryland), and Laura McFarland (Fort Lee, Virginia). One brother, Leroy Bishop (Bobbie: Hartsville, South Carolina). Three grands: Deanthia Antrum (Washington, DC.), Sharlena Howard (Landover, Maryland), and Lisa Thomas (Suitland, Maryland), four great grands: Deonté Antrum (Washington, DC), Robert, Alan, and Adrian Thomas (all of Landover, Maryland) and eight great great grands, one son-in-law (Lee McKee), three god-children, Sarah Ketter, Clarence Ings, Jr., and Edith Charles. She had a lot of friends, but her three closest friends were like sisters to her: Margaret Benjamin, Annie Lee Ings, and Annie Mae Antrum (Deceased). Her daughter-in law’s children: Fred and Kathy Plummer.