Mr. Benjamin J. “Billy” Rivers, age 78, entered into rest on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at his home with his family by his side. A celebration of life service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Zoar United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall by Pastor Billy Jack Johnson and William Alford with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will greet friends Thursday from 1:00 – 2:00 PM prior to the service at fellowship hall.
Mr. Rivers was born September 15, 1941 in Chesterfield County, SC a son of the late Eugene and Myrtle Lee Davis Rivers. He was a retired employee of Delta Mills (formerly J.P. Stevens) with 42 years of service. Mr. Rivers was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church. An avid outdoorsman, Billy enjoyed fishing, hunting, and growing a garden to share his fruits and vegetables with his friends and neighbors. He enjoyed watching football, NASCAR, and anything with John Wayne in it. His favorite pastime was keeping his grass cut numerous times a week.
In addition to his parents, Billy was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, Tina Allen Rivers who passed on January 28, 2020; sister, Maxine Eddins; and his grandmother who helped raise him, Georgia Freeman Rivers.
Survivors include his daughter, Rebecca (Bruce) Williamson of Cheraw, SC; grandchildren, Kevin (Rachel) Williamson and Matthew Williamson; sister, Betty Jean (William H. “Bill”) Ratliff, Sr.; nieces and nephews, Phyllis (Jay) Vernon, Lee (Stephen) Donathon, Darrell (Denise) Ratliff, William (Penny) Ratliff, Jr., Kerwin(Sandy) Eddins, and Karen(Darrell) Martin; also numerous great nieces, great nephews, and a host of cousins.
The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of McLeod Hospice for the extraordinary care and love shown to Mr. Rivers and their family, and requests that memorials be made to McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29506.
Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home (www.mrcfuneralhome.com) of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Rivers family.
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