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In Memory of

Thomas Carrol Bickham

July 18, 1947 - August 4, 2017

Obituary


Thomas C. Bickham, Jr. was born on July 18, 1947 to Thomas C. Bickham, Sr. of Franklinton, Louisiana and Mary Conerly Bickham of Tylertown, Mississippi. He passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017. Preceded in death by parents Thomas C. Bickham, Sr. and Mary Conerly Bickham. He leaves his family wife Mona Ridgell Bickham; sons Thomas C. Bickham III, wife Michelle Black Bickham and Peyton Stephen Bickham, wife Kristie Mayers Bickham. Grandchildren Nicholas Stephan Bickham, Jodi Layne Bickham, Matthew Thomas Bickham, and Jacob Preston Bickham. Sisters Beverly Bickham Hansen, Rebecca Bickham Macaluso and husband Nick...

Thomas C. Bickham, Jr. was born on July 18, 1947 to Thomas C. Bickham, Sr. of Franklinton, Louisiana and Mary Conerly Bickham of Tylertown, Mississippi. He passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017. Preceded in death by parents Thomas C. Bickham, Sr. and Mary Conerly Bickham. He leaves his family wife Mona Ridgell Bickham; sons Thomas C. Bickham III, wife Michelle Black Bickham and Peyton Stephen Bickham, wife Kristie Mayers Bickham. Grandchildren Nicholas Stephan Bickham, Jodi Layne Bickham, Matthew Thomas Bickham, and Jacob Preston Bickham. Sisters Beverly Bickham Hansen, Rebecca Bickham Macaluso and husband Nick and brother Glenn E.Bickham and friend Debby Gremillion. Numerous nieces, nephews; great nieces, nephews and his dog Max. Thomas was a 1965 graduate of Broadmoor High, Southeastern Louisiana University, holding Bachelor's degree in Accounting and his Master's in Business Administration from Centenary College. Thomas started his career in accounting by working part-time during college with H&R Block and his own business filing tax forms. Upon graduation he worked for Thomas, Wilson and Ragusa in Baton Rouge. He started his administration/accounting career by becoming comptroller of Woman's Hospital, then comptroller and interim administrator of Seventh Ward Hospital in Hammond. He was chief financial officer of Bossier Medical when he decided to work full-time on his MBA degree at Centenary in Shreveport. He also served as administrator of St. James Parish Hospital and Citizen's Medical in Columbia, Louisiana. Thomas also started two privately run consultant businesses for geriatric and psychiatric hospital units. He also worked with The Right Solutions in Arkansas, a traveling nurse staffing organization. He worked with Department Health and Hospitals, BCSS as Regional Manager; Louisiana Recovery Authority as Team Leader-Healthcare and Hospitals, Louisiana Long-Term Recovery Act-ASF-14; Louisiana's GOHSEP as a Grant Administrator. Upon retirement Thomas bought and sold antique and other unique guns at various gun and hobby shows in Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana. Thomas was a member of the Louisiana Rural Hospital Coalition, serving as vice-chairman 1993-1997; Healthcare Financial Management Association, holding positions as President, President-Elect, Treasurer and Secretary; and Louisiana Hospital Association. Thomas was also a member First United Methodist Church in Gonzales. Thomas' favorite hobbies were reading, bass fishing and golfing. Thanks to various doctors at Baton Rouge Clinic and the Neuromedical Center who worked to ease various medical problems and St. Joseph's Hospice for the care given him during his last days. Services at First United Methodist Church in Gonzales, 224 W. Constitution Street, Louisiana on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 with visitation beginning at 9:30 am until memorial service at 11:00 am. Entombment to follow at church columbarium. Any donations can be made to either St. Joseph's Hospice in Baton Rouge or to First United Methodist Church, Gonzales.