Dale McCarty Bickley PDF Print E-mail

Dorothy Dale McCarty Bickley of Columbia, SC passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 80.

Mrs. Bickley was born and reared in Newberry, SC, the daughter of the late Thelma Livingston McCarty and Philip Gladstone McCarty. She was predeceased by her brother, Philip Gladstone, Jr. of Yamanishi-Ken, Japan, and her sister, Ann McCarty Connelly of Newberry, SC. Mrs. Bickley was a graduate of Newberry High School, and later had a career in public relations.

A member of Virginia Wingard United Methodist Church, Mrs. Bickley was married to her surviving husband, Reverend Hugh Johnson Bickley of Columbia for 63 years. Reverend Bickley, a retired Army chaplain, and Mrs. Bickley, reared three children together and lived the life of a military family. Mrs. Bickley was an active volunteer with Army Community Services during her husband's military career.

Mrs. Bickley loved gardening, her daily walks and exercising, and caring for animals.

She is survived by her husband, as well as her three daughters, Felicia Bickley Holst of Nashville, TN, Stacey Bickley Derrick of Leesville, SC and Leah Bickley McConnell of Awendaw, SC. Also surviving are her three sons-in-law, Peter Holst, Scott Derrick and Jamie McConnell and grandchildren, Preston Craig of New York, NY, Reid and Brett Derrick of Leesville, SC and Molly and Madison McConnell of Awendaw, SC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Virginia Wingard United Methodist Church, 1500 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210.

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home in Newberry, SC from 4:00- 6:00 pm. The funeral service will be Friday, March 22, 2019 at Virginia Wingard United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC at 11:00 am. Burial will be at 1:00 pm at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Pete Holst, Jamie McConnell, Scott Derrick, Preston Craig, Reid Derrick, Molly McConnell, Brett Derrick and Maddie McConnell.

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#15 Carla Lewis Moore 2019-04-14 17:26
Remembering Mrs. Dale and sending prayers for her family.
Carla Moore
CC Class of 94
#14 Heather 2019-03-26 07:54
Dorothy will never have to face the last enemy death, ever again. In the meantime, her acts of faith live on until she stands up alive and whole in the Paradise. Isaiah 25:8 "He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces."
#13 rusty harley 2019-03-23 12:48
Hugh, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Dale was a lovely person.
#12 Sally Jenkins Harm 2019-03-22 16:44
Hugh, Felicia, Stacey and Leah -- I didn't learn of Dale's passing until today, and I am shocked and saddened. She was a very special person and a dear friend. She loved all of you more than you could ever imagine! My heart is with you as you go through this difficult time. Much love to all of you! Sally
#11 Jean Counts 2019-03-22 14:09
Dear Hugh -- We send our sympathy and prayers to your family. May your sweet memories help sustain you in the coming days. The Bundrick Family -- Alberta Dominick, Coritta (Tip) Whitman and Jean Counts
#10 Annette Copeland 2019-03-21 11:36
Hugh, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Wayne & I have been so blessed to have known Dale and you for many years. We especially appreciate the love and kindness you have shown to us and especially my Mother. We will continue to pray for you and your dear family during these difficult days ahead.
#9 Lynn Mohler 2019-03-20 23:00
Mrs. Bickley was one of the kindness women that I have ever known. While at Columbia College, she was always a friendly face that made me feel at home. God has a way of placing people in your path for a reason. So we were blessed to have the Bickley’s at our church during some of the happiest and saddest times in our lives to provide encouraging words or just a shoulder to cry on. Sending prayers to you all!
#8 Harriett Rucker 2019-03-20 10:37
Hugh and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I have wonderful memories of our long time friendship with Dale and Hugh. Dale was a beautiful lady and always a great minister's wife. You will always be special. May God's love comfort you now and in the days to come.
#7 Seawell Brandau 2019-03-20 10:20
Your "Nashville family" grieves with you and sends its love to you and all your family. We look forward to expressing our love with hugs next week.
#6 Jane Woodward 2019-03-19 18:18
Rev Bickley and family,
So sorry for your loss. Know that Miss Dale is not in pain now but with her heavenly Father. Prayers for all. Terry & Jane Woodward
#5 Regina Elders 2019-03-19 18:16
Stacey, May God Bless your family through this tremdous loss each and everyday. Struggles can sometimes often be long, but the good memories are longer! May God love and protect all of you. Billy and Regina Elders
#4 Courtney Shealy 2019-03-19 14:02
My thoughts and prayers are with you all!
#3 Sandra Beth Bramlett 2019-03-18 22:08
I just received the news of Aunt Dales passing. I am numb and my heart hurts. Uncle Hugh and family, You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I will always love you all.
#2 Harriet Stevenson 2019-03-18 17:11
Rev. Bickley and family,
My heart was saddened to hear of Dale's passing. My love and sincerest sympathy to all. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to know such a strong and beautiful woman. Please let me know if I can do anything for you or the family.
Harriet Stevenson, Trinity UMC
#1 Vicki Hendrix 2019-03-18 13:13
Rev. Bickley,
I am so sorry to learn of your wife's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. In case you don't remember me, I am Ida Mae's and Harry's niece (better known as Kiki).