Almeda Elizabeth Lineberger Bickley

October 29, 1922October 6, 2013

Almeda Elizabeth Lineberger Bickley passed away on October 6, 2013 at Alexandria Place in Gastonia, NC. She was born October 29, 1922 to the late Kelly Franklin Lineberger and Corrie Rhyne Lineberger of Dallas. Mrs. Bickley was married on July 20, 1945 to Vernon Lamar Bickley, also of Dallas. He preceded her in death on May 9, 1985.

Almeda graduated from Dallas High School in 1940 and Carolina Business School of Charlotte in 1942. She was employed as credit and operating manager with B.F. Goodrich stores. From 1964 to 1976 she and her husband operated a Western Auto and Tru Value Hardware store in Dallas.

Almeda was a life-long Lutheran having been raised in Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Dallas. She and her family were charter members of Our Saviour Lutheran Church. For more than 50 years she served her church in many capacities – secretary, teacher, choir, and council member. Always active in the women’s circle groups she was a life member of the Women of the ELCA, and had served on the Board of Lutheran Women. She was a life member of the Southern Seminary Auxiliary, Columbia, SC serving one term as secretary. She also served on a church relations committee for Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, NC and worked with Lutheran Outdoor Ministries.

Almeda is survived by two daughters, Beverly Bickley Ipock and husband Robert of Gastonia, and Elizabeth Lee Bickley of Dallas; two grandchildren, Jennifer Ipock Niemeyer and husband Carl of Brentwood, TN and Benjamin Vance Ipock of Gastonia; two great-grandchildren, Evelyn Claire Niemeyer and Henry Conrad Niemeyer of Brentwood, TN; numerous cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 725 Gastonia Technology Parkway, Dallas (Grier Beam Blvd off highway 321). Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. George (Gil) Gilbert and Pastor Carl Haynes. Burial will follow at Gaston Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 6-8pm, Tuesday at Dallas Funeral Home.

The family wishes to thank the management and staff of Alexandria Place for their many kindnesses and wonderful care shown to our mother during her stay.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Our Saviour Lutheran Church, PO Box 457, Dallas, NC 28034

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Dallas Funeral Home is serving the Bickley family.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 8, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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Agapé † Kure Beach Ministries Staff

October 29, 2013

We are sorry to hear about the passing of Almeda, she was a long time supporter of Agapé Kure Beach Ministries. God Bless You in this time of grief and bring you peace.

October 16, 2013

Dear Beverly and Libby,
I too was saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. So sorry we were unable to be with you guys during this time. As sister Kathy has stated, our family has such great memories of your family from our early childhood years growing up next door in Dallas. You Mom and Dad were so kind to us as children in so many ways and simply wonderful people that I love to this day! Yes, we were most fortunate to have known them. I'll always remember your dad's trains, eating strawberries straight from the garden and as Kathy said, "the candy dish that was always filled and ready for the taking anytime we wanted to come in and treat ourselves. Our prayers remain with you and your family.
Warmest Regards,
Jeff Ingle

Kathy Ingle Hudson

October 13, 2013

Dear Beverly and Libby,
I was so sad to hear of Almeda's death today, 10/13/2013. Our entire family has such fond memories of your family from our growing up years next door to you all in Dallas. She and your dad were wonderful people and we were fortunate to have known them. I'll always remember the candy dish that was always filled and ready for the taking anytime we wanted to come in and treat ourselves. My prayers are with you and your family. Love to you both.

Joe Friday Jr

October 9, 2013

I remember her well at Our Savior Lutheran Church, when I was growing up in Dallas. Prayers and Best Wishes to all her family. She was a sweet lady.

Don Norwood

October 9, 2013

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Bickley's passing. She and Mr. Bickley were two wonderful people. Prayers for your family.

Sharon Ratchford Yeargin

October 9, 2013

Beverly & Libby,
I am saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. I will remember her as a compassionate and caring lady. Her thoughtfulness and kindness will be remembered by many. I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Paula Houser

October 9, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God wrap his arms around you, sustain you and give you peace in this time of loss and always.

October 8, 2013

Dear Libby,
My prayers to you and your family on the passing of your mother. Her obituary speaks volumes as to where she is now. I too lost my mom, February this year. I think of her every day. I wish you the peace I have in my heart knowing she is in a better place.

Much love,

Susan Cook Watts ( Taylorsville, North Carolina )


October 8, 2013

My heart goes out to you for the deep loss you both must be feeling for your beloved "Mom". May you find comfort in prayer and in one another. 2 Cor.1-3.

October 8, 2013

Libby, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. She was such a nice person, always smiling even in the dental office. It was my pleasure knowing her. with love, Glenda at Dr. Swilling's office.