Rev. Hugh Bickley PDF Print E-mail

Reverend Hugh Johnson Bickley of Columbia, SC passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019. He was 85 years old.

Reverend Bickley was born and reared in Newberry, SC, the son of the late Robert Preston Bickley and Willie Mae Johnson Bickley. Reverend Bickley was a graduate of Newberry High School, Newberry College (A.B. Christian Education), Emory University (Master of Divinity), New York School of Theology (Master in Sacred Theology), and Princeton University (Clinical Pastoral Education). Rev. Bickley's career began in the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Naval Reserve. After being called into the ministry Rev. Bickley served in the U.S. Army as a Chaplain for 32 years, and continued as a pastor in the South Carolina United Methodist Conference for 28 years after his retirement from the military.

A member of Virginia Wingard United Methodist Church, Rev. Bickley was married to the late Dorothy Dale Bickley of Columbia for 63 years. Reverend and Mrs. Bickley, reared three children together and lived the life of a military family. Reverend Bickley was an active member of his church, the York Rite Lodge, Scottish Rite, Blue Lodge, and Order of the Grand Cross of Honor.

Reverend Bikely loved his faith, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and serving others.

He is survived by his three daughters, Felicia Bickley Holst of Nashville, TN, Stacey Bickley Derrick of Leesville, SC, and Leah Bickley McConnell of Awendaw, SC. Also surviving are his 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; sister, Mattie McDuffie of Cheraw, SC and his twin brother, Frank Bickley of Orlando, FL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, May 6, 2019 at Virginia Wingard United Methodist Church in Columbia by the Rev. Scott Smoak. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00- 4:00 pm at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home in Newberry. Burial will be Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Fort Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Virginia Wingard UMC 1500 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210.

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

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#11 Ned Wallace 2019-05-05 11:22
Rev. Hugh was as wonderful a man as I have ever known. I am reminded of him each time that I wear my cross lapel pin, because Hugh told me to wear it at an angle, the same as the angle which it was as Jesus carried his cross on the way to Calgary. Our greatest condolences to each of the girls and their families. Ned and Ann
#10 Karen Velasquez 2019-05-04 20:24
We are sorry for your loss! May you feel God's comfort and peace during this time.

Larry and Karen Velasquez
#9 Matt Velasquez 2019-05-04 20:21
Sorry for your loss! May God give you peace.

Matt and Carla Velasquea
#8 Karen Velasquez 2019-05-04 20:18
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you comfort and strength during this time.
#7 CARROLL HOOVER 2019-05-04 07:59
#6 Phyllis Sanders 2019-05-03 16:33
Grandpa Preacher,as he was affectionately known at Trinity UMC,was loved by so many! He will be missed by all who knew him. My prayer is that God will wrap his loving arms around you, his family, at this sad time. I know he is so happy to be reunited with his beloved Dale and to be in the arms of his Lord and Savior!
#5 Dr. Robert Elsner 2019-05-03 15:22
My deepest sympathy on this loss of a wonderful man. I praise God for Hugh's life, and pray for comfort for friends and family.m
#4 Harriet Stevenson 2019-05-03 13:29
My heart is filled with joy and sadness! I am happy because I celebrate the life of Grandpa Preacher. He lived a wonderful life with the love of his life who loved him dearly and children whom he was so proud of. He lived a Godly life so that today he could live with God in heaven and reunite with Dale. I am sad because I will miss him and his corny jokes! May his family find comfort in the words of our Father when he said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
#3 Beth Bramlett 2019-05-03 13:28
Heaven gained a true angel. I know he is so happy to be with Aunt Dale and to meet his Savior both of whom he dearly loved. I can honestly say...I had the best Uncle in the world. My thoughts and prayers are with Stacey, Leah, Felicia and their families. Love you all dearly.
#2 Alice & John Longsho 2019-05-03 09:42
So sorry to hear this he was a great person. So glad we got to meet him and have him in our lives. My heart is breaking. We loved him very much Our prayers are with the whole family He is with his sweet Ms. Dale.
#1 Jane Woodward 2019-05-02 18:40
My heart is breaking! So sorry to read this. He is where he wants to be with his Savior and with Dale.
My prayers are with each of you at this very difficult time