Beth Adams Bickham

June 23, 1935November 1, 2020

Beth Adams Bickham, 85, passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 1, 2020. Born in Eufaula, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Cleveland and Fannie Adams. Beth is survived by her devoted husband of 64 years, Dr. D. Wayne Bickham; her children, Kathy Bickham, Lisa Aucoin (Russ), Adam Bickham, April Heffner (Toby), Teresa Kreeger (Nathan) and Monica Hutson (John); 24 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Mary Belk of Auburn, AL. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bickham is predeceased by her siblings, Dr. Barbara Mowat, Jane Goff and Gerald Adams. Beth graduated from Auburn High School, where she met her husband, and Auburn University with a degree in education. She always remained a faithful Auburn fan. As a young woman, Beth taught elementary school students in Birmingham, Alabama and with the Department of Defense Schools in Madrid, Spain before focusing on her own children and growing family. For many years, Beth taught Sunday School classes for young and old alike as an active member of Shandon United Methodist Church and most recently at Trinity United Methodist in Blythewood. She had especially fond memories of the George Huggins class. A true lifelong learner, Beth was an enthusiastic travel partner and a voracious reader. Friends and family received newspaper clippings in the mail on a regular basis because she was certain they would enjoy the information as well. Her favorite topics for discussion were religion and politics. Regardless of your religious beliefs or political ties, she was ready to learn and always had a piece of information or an opinion to share. Beth’s acceptance and forgiveness of others was one of her defining characteristics. Although tiny in stature, her generosity and capacity to love and embrace others was immense. And still they gazed and still the wonder grew how that one small head could carry all she knew - Oliver Goldsmith Visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel. A private graveside service will be held in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Boney Road, Blythewood, SC 29016 or Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205. Memories may be shared at



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Debra Mowat

November 6, 2020

Aunt Beth would remember things about our lives and check in with us. She would send letters about books she had read and one time sent us a book that she had read that she thought we would enjoy reading. I wish I could remember the book title, I can’t. But Bill and I were touched.

I remember Aunt Beth as someone who was cheerful. She really wanted to see the best of people and situations but she would also not mince her words if she thought something was amiss.

I think of her with fondness and I am saddened by her passing.

I’m sending love and hugs to Uncle Wayne and all of the immediate family who are mourning her death. May her life be a blessing to us.


Gary Trammell

November 5, 2020

Kathy & Family
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The prayers of My family go out to you and yours. May God give you peace during your time of loss.

Gary & Tracey Trammell

Cindy Woods

November 4, 2020

When I think of Mrs. Bickham, unconditional love comes to mind. What a sweet, wonderful, and amazing woman. I feel so blessed to have known such a kind soul. Mrs. Bickham will be missed by so many.

Kathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.

Caridad Tinio

November 4, 2020

My sincere condolences to Dr. Wayne Bickham and his family for the loss of his dear wife, Beth. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Susan D'Ambra

November 3, 2020

To Kathy and Family

I was very fortunate and one of the lucky ones who had the opportunity to talk to your mom several times over the years. She was a very special lady and she will truly be missed. My prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Susan D'Ambra and Family

Molly Wilkes

November 3, 2020

I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a precious cousin. Beth had such an open heart and and a love for others, especially family.
Her deep faith led her to a life of self giving and an example for all of us.
Our hearts and prayers go out to Wayne and the family. May God's comfort and strength sustain them in their loss. Beth will continue to live in our memory and now shares in the joy of eternal life with God.
Blessings and peace,
Molly ( Mallory) and Tom Wilkes

Remonia Felix

November 3, 2020

Kathy and Family,

My sincerest condolences to you all during this difficult time. Pray God grants you serenity and strength in the days ahead.

Remonia and family

Alicia Sharpe

November 3, 2020

Kathy and Family,

My sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother. I hope you find strength in your memories. Take care.

- Alicia

Walter Taylor

November 3, 2020


Our Thoughts and Prayers are with You and Your Family during this time of sorrow. May God continue to Bless and Strengthen You in the days to come.

Walter G. Taylor and Family