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Wilalma Jolene Wallace Bickford

Wilalma Jolene Wallace Bickford, 86, of Marietta, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 201. She was born in Cummingsville, the daughter of the late James Timothy Wallace and Cora Martin Wallace.

She retired from BellSouth after 27 years of service and was an avid reader who also enjoyed sewing, quilting and various crafts.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Roy Seth (Ted) Wallace, Glenard Martin Wallace, William Martin (Bill) Wallace, Royce Tensley (R.T.) Davis, William Asa Davis, Jr., and James Lloyd Wallace; and sisters, Hattie Jessie Wallace and Emma Zelda Wallace.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, L. J. Bickford; son of the late Claud and Artie Bickford of Pikeville; her children, Barbara (Forrest) Hartley of Stockbridge, Georgia, Sandra (James) Loomis of Lubbock, Texas, and Jerrold Bickford of Marietta, Georgia; her sister, Duane Wallace Simmons of Roswell, Georgia; grandchildren, Julie (Heath) Taylor of Sandy Run, South Carolina, Michael (Jennifer) Hartley of McDonough, Georgia, and Tiffany (Jasun) Heatley of Rockford, Illinois; seven great-grandchildren, Preston and Cooper Taylor, Joshua Hartley, Corbin and Jamison Gaines, Dakota and Ember Heatley; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held November 29 at the funeral home with Jack H. James officiating. Burial was in the Walling Cemetery.

Online condolences can be made at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to VITAS Hospice of Alzheimer’s research.

Arrangements were entrusted to Putnam-Reed Funeral Home in Pikeville.

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