Funeral services for Dr. Everett Bickers Jr., 79, Greenville, will be at 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Kraft Funeral Service, Charlestown Road Chapel, New Albany. He died Monday, July 29, 2013, at his home.
He is survived by two brothers, Doug and Dan; an uncle and two aunts; and children, Dr. Rex Bickers and his wife Marcia, Dr. Mark Bickers and his wife Bobbi, Julie Knotts and her husband Tony, all of Floyds Knobs and John Bickers and his wife Joanne, of Morristown, N.J.; grandchildren, Lindsey, Whitney, Kelsey, Phil, Heather, Jonathan, Mark, JB, Elizabeth and Gunther; as well as seven great-grandchildren; and friend and companion, Patty Nelson of Greenville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett, Sr., and Emma; and his wife of 46 years, Dorothy.
Dr. Bickers was a native of Carroll County and Henry County, Ky., before moving to Floyd County in 1957. He was a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and established a practice in Floyds Knobs in 1961, becoming a cornerstone of the medical community for rural Floyd County, spanning nearly 40 years. He served as president of the medical staff at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services and as a delegate for the state of Indiana to the American Medical Association. He served as Floyd County health officer from 1973 to 2002.
He fostered community and economic development in Floyd County and served as president of the New Albany Chamber of Commerce in 1971. He championed programs for youth through the Floyd County 4-H, athletics and academics at Floyd Central High School. Together with Mrs. Bickers, he provided lifelong support to public education, serving on the NAFC Buildings Board for decades and establishing the Dorothy Bickers Memorial Scholarship Fund at Indiana University Southeast in 1999. He was awarded the IUS Chancellor’s Medallion in 2003.
He was a lifelong friend and supporter of the Old Capitol Saddle Club in Corydon and he was legendary for riding and setting up camp in Harrison County National Forest as part of the club’s annual four-day, 100-mile trail ride. He leaves a legacy of countless friends and former patients who shared with him, his love for horse riding and the outdoors, bird dogs and hunting for both quail and big game, in America and around the world.
His family and friends wish to express their gratitude to Floyd Memorial Hospital and to Hosparus Southern Indiana for the selfless care they helped to provide.
Reception of family and friends will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy directed to Kraft Funeral Service, and donations to the Floyd Memorial Foundation or to the Dorothy Bickers Memorial Scholarship Fund at IU Southeast will be gratefully appreciated.