John Nelson Bickers, M.D.

August 30, 1930 ~ January 25, 2010 (age 79)

John Nelson Bickers, M.D., born August 30, 1930, passed away Monday January 25, 2010 at the age of 79.

Dr. Bickers was the beloved husband of Mary Phelps Bickers; father of Joan Karen Bickers Dearing of Mandeville, LA, John Michael Bickers of North Palm Beach, FL, and David Nelson Bickers of White Plains, GA; son of the late Bessie Southard Bickers and Joseph W. Bickers of White Plains, GA, grandfather of Paul Tyler Dearing, Casey Elizabeth Dearing, Catherine Elaine Dearing, Justin Michael Bickers and Hunter Austin Bickers; step grandfather of Andrea Lowe Bickers and Lenzy Barber; father in law of Mark Dearing, Judy Lowe Bickers and Denise Bradley Bickers; brother in law of Helen Phelps Mims and Dr. George T. Mims.

He was born in Stokesdale, NC, grew up in White Plains, GA and has resided in Louisiana since 1957, most recently in Covington, LA at Christwood Retirement Community. Dr. Bickers was a 1950 graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, and a 1954 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta. He served a one year internship at City Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He was a Medical Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service in Washington, D.C. for two years, before beginning a residency in Internal Medicine at the Veterans Administration Hospital in New Orleans, LA. He remained on the staff at the V.A. Hospital, in the Chest Disease Section for one year, and then joined the faculty at the LSU Medical Center in New Orleans in 1961. There he founded the Department of Medicine, the Section of Hematology and Oncology, and was its Director for 30 years. He directed the construction of the Leukemia unit at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and was its Medical Director for 20 years. Dr. Bickers was also Director of the Medical Oncology Fellowship program for over 20 years. He conducted clinical research, directed mainly at improving treatment in patients with cancer and he was the author or co-author of over 40 publications. He attained the academic rank of Professor of Medicine and was certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Dr. Bickers retired from the full time faculty in 1998, but continued to work on a part time basis until 2005.

Dr. Bickers was a member of John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Metairie, LA and belonged to many medical organizations. One in particular was the Southwest Oncology Group of which he was a member from 1965 to 1998. He was a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, and a member of The American Society of Hematology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Family and friends, members of John Calvin Presbyterian Church, and former associates from LSU Medical Center were invited to a "Celebration of Life" Memorial Service on Saturday January 30th, from 2:00 a" 4:00 p.m., in the Garden Room at Christwood Retirement Community, 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington, LA 70433, Ph: 985-898-0515. A brief remembrance ceremony and prayer was conducted by Rev. Robert E. Malsbary. Graveside Services will be held Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Centennial Christian Church Cemetery in White Plains, GA with the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Long officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to John Calvin Presbyterian Church, Christwood Retirement Community, or the charity of your choice. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of local arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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