Vertie Lorraine (Royster) Bickham, 93, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. She was the wife of the late Terral Winton Bickham and was predeceased by their daughter, Betty Lee Bickham.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Archibald C. Royster, Sr. and Dollie Frances (Greene) Royster. She was predeceased by her siblings, Victoria Lovie Carew, Julian C. Royster, Archibald Royster, Jr., Joseph “Kenny” Royster, June Bernice Smith, Beverly E. Catala and Shirley Cole. Mrs. Bickham leaves to mourn her loss her brother Spider Royster, her children, Meredith B. Costa and her husband Joseph, Loretta C. Talbot and her husband Tony, Donald Bickham, Ronald Bickham and his wife Darlene, Terral Bickham, Jr. and Dr. Lagina D. Bickham. She also leaves her grandchildren, Africa B. Costa and her husband Bo Williams, Andrew Barnes, Devone Bickham and Ronald Bickham, Jr. as well as two great grandchildren, Ayana Bickham and Ronald Bickham, III.
Lorraine was a life-long member of Congdon Street Baptist Church and attended Hope High School. In her youth she enjoyed basketball and loved to dance- especially the Jitterbug and Lindy Hop! She was devoted to her family and never missed a birthday, graduation or wedding. Mrs. Bickham was well known in her community and will be missed by all who knew her.
Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM, with calling hours from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, in the Congdon Street Baptist Church, 17 Congdon Street, Providence. Burial will be in Swan Point Cemetery.