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Randell Greer Bickford

Randall Greer Bickford, 89, of McMinnville, and Bledsoe County native, was born May 8, 1924 and died July 12, 2013 at River Park Hospital following a brief illness.

He was the son of the late James Oscar and Louia Hale Bickford. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, J.L. and Eugene Bickford.

He was married August 26, 1984 to Carolyn Byars Bickford of McMinnville. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Gary R. Bickford of Knoxville and Sharon L. Bickford of Cartersville, Georgia; granddaughter, Lauren Gannon of Knoxville; great-granddaughter, Bailey Watson of Knoxville; step-daughter, Dawn Carter of McMinnville; step-son, Troy (Emily) Carter of McMinnville; step-grandson, William Dale Carter of McMinnville; sister, Elizabeth (Herb) Sudhoff of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Bickford was a member of the Church of Christ at Smyrna. He served as a minister of the Finley Church of Christ and Plainview Church of Christ in Sparta for several years. He also served as an Elder at Kingwood Heights Church of Christ in Murfreesboro. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Roosevelt’s Tree Army. He was a Kroger manager for many years and retired as an independent insurance agent. He and Carolyn were members of the Warren County Farmers Market.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 13, in High’s Chapel with Jonathan Stubblefield and Wayne Cantrell officiating. Burial was in Smyrna Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caring Hearts United or Relay for Life.

Arrangements were entrusted to High Funeral Home in McMinnville.

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