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May 07, 2024


Lillian Magee Bickham

May 7, 1936 - April 28, 2024

Lillian Magee Bickham was born May 7, 1936 to the late John Magee and Emily Warren Magee in Franklinton, LA. Lillian was a darling daughter, devoted wife, dedicated mother, caring sister, loving grandmother, great grandmother, amazing aunt, marvelous mother-in-law, and a great friend. Her presence brought so much joy to any room she entered.

Lillian was a devoted wife to Oscar L. Bickham, whom she married on November 3, 1963. Married for 60 years, to their union, they had four children, Jerome "Jay" Bickham, Christil (Gregory) Alexander, Michelle (Michael) Wheeler, and Chantelle (Marc) Plummer. Lillian was also the mother of Willie Dawson Jr., Lavon (Gardner) Dawson, and Wilbert Dawson. She was also blessed with seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Lillian's memory will be cherished by her three sisters, Mildred Winters, Freddie Taylor, and Iona Quinn, all residing in New Orleans, LA.

Lillian was a woman of strong faith who loved God and lived her life according to His purpose. Her gifts of compassion and service to others were exhibited throughout her life. In addition to being a servant of God, she enjoyed her favorite pastimes, cooking and tending to her garden. She definitely had a green thumb! Lillian lived in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  She then relocated to Flower Mound, TX, where she spent her latter years surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She enjoyed attending their academic awards programs, dance recitals, and ball games, as well as witnessing their graduations and proms.  

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Magee and Emily Warren Magee; two children, Willie Dawson Jr. and Wilbert Dawson; three sisters, Hattie Magee, Dornishey Wynn, and Mattie Magee; five brothers, Coleman, James, Gene Paul, Roosevelt, and Johnny B. Magee; seven sisters-in-law, and seven brothers-in-law.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 11,2024 from 9:00AM - 11:00AM followed by the funeral service at 11:00AM at New Jerusalem Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Causey - Officiating. Interment will be held at Magee Cemetery. 

Crain and Sons Funeral Home - Franklinton are in charge of arrangements.

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