He was born on April 17, 1936, in Converse, La., to Thomas Jefferson Rivers and Eula McMahon Rivers. Upon graduating from high school in Many, La., he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served 20 years as a photographer’s first class petty officer, then went on to serve 10 years for the Navy Reserve. He served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk and in Vietnam. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and enjoyed fishing, hunting and bowling. He was a longtime member of the Baptist Church. He most recently resided at Compassionate Home Care in Kingwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Fulton E. Rivers, Jasper T. Rivers, Woodrow W. Rivers and Lamont Rivers; two infant sisters; and one infant brother.
Survivors include Peggye Matthews Rivers of Many, La; two daughters, Pam (Tommy) Roark of Shreveport, La., and Elaine (John) Sandifer of Natchitoches, La.; a son, Wayne (Cindy) Rivers of Kingwood; a brother, Bruce Rivers of DeQuincy, La.; a sister, Nettie Miller of Rosepine, La.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and longtime friend and fishing buddy, Ceaphas (Virginia) Pendley of Beeville.
Visitation was held at Kingwood Funeral Home on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 9 to 10 a.m.
The funeral service began there at 10 o’clock, and a graveside service was conducted at 12:30 p.m. at Houston National Cemetery in Houston.
Arrangements were under the direction of Kingwood Funeral Home, Kingwood.