A Place Called Home

A memoir of Beaufort and St. Helena Island, South Carolina

by Elizabeth Bishop Later with O.R. (Sonny) Bishop, Jr.

Sonny Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop Later

O.R. (Sonny) Bishop, Jr. was born and raised on St. Helena Island. His personal experiences of life as it used to be on the sea islands is a priceless treasure and he has shared this history at local gatherings and in periodical publications. After a few years of retirement, he realized that he had “read half the books in the Beaufort County library and the other half weren’t worth reading” so he has come out of retirement to provide mobile knife sharpening and lawnmower maintenance through his business, B.E. Mobile Services. He lives where he always has – on the Yard Farm – with his wife, Mary, three cats, and an assortment of nocturnal raccoon and opossum visitors.

Like her father, Elizabeth Bishop Later was born in Beaufort and raised on St. Helena Island.  She has an unquenchable obsession with old photographs and family history, a fondness for Sonny’s stories, and a love of writing. Elizabeth graduated from Beaufort Academy and the Medical University of South Carolina and works as the Chief Nursing Officer at Ogden Regional Medical Center in Ogden, Utah. While she lives in the west with her husband, four children (and two children-in-law), and three grandchildren, her heart is always in South Carolina. She is a living example that “you can take the girl out of the south, but you can’t take the south out of the girl.”