February 14, 1918 -
February 20, 2014
Columbus, GA- Richard Howard Bickerstaff, age 96, died peacefully on February 20, 2014, in his home, which he had shared with his beloved wife, Margaret Flournoy Bickerstaff until her death in 1998. At the time of his death he was surrounded by his loving family.
A private interment will take place on Saturday morning February 22, 2014, at the Bickerstaff Family Cemetery at Broken Arrow Farm in Russell County, Alabama. A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on February 22, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church of Columbus, where he has been an active member for many years.
He was proudly descended from pioneer Bickerstaff and Bradford families, which have deep roots in East Alabama and North Florida. He was born in the family home at Brickyard, Alabama on February 14, 1918, the second of three sons of Frank Jeter Bickerstaff and Bessie Bradford Bickerstaff. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Flournoy Bickerstaff, by his brother, Frank Jeter Bickerstaff, Jr., and by his brother, Robert Bradford Bickerstaff, who died in the service of his country during World War II.
His generosity and wise counsel touched the lives of countless people throughout his long and successful life. Through his ingenuity and hard work, his family brick manufacturing business, Bickerstaff Clay Products Company rose to national prominence. He was recognized as a mentor and friend to people in all walks of life. Throughout his life, he enjoyed being with family and friends at Broken Arrow Farm and on many and varied travels.
During his outstanding business career, he served as Chairman of the Brick Institute of America and has continued to be consulted by people throughout the industry on best practices. He served for many years on the Boards of Directors of Synovus Financial Corp. and Total System Services, Inc., and contributed to those companies' becoming the successful enterprises they are today.
Mr. Bickerstaff is survived by his daughter, Mary Bickerstaff Bradley and her husband Richard Y. Bradley; by his son, Richard Howard Bickerstaff, Jr; by his son, Walker Reynolds Bickerstaff and his wife Catherine Z. Bickerstaff; by six grandchildren: Margaret Bradley McCormick and her husband, William Fray McCormick, Sally Bradley, Vandy Middleton and her husband, William T. Middleton, Anne Dunning Bickerstaff, William Taylor Bickerstaff and his wife Ashley Atwood Bickerstaff, and Walker Reynolds Bickerstaff, Jr., and his wife, Sarah Walden Bickerstaff; and by eleven great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Columbus, Georgia; Russell County Historical Society for Fort Mitchell; Columbus Hospice; or The Salvation Army.
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2014