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
Online condolences may be made at: www.carothersfuneralhomedallas.com
Dallas Funeral Home is serving the Bickley family.