Thurman Rivers Jr.

March 12, 1937February 7, 2014
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Thurman Rivers, Jr., age 76, passed away on February 7, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Bennetsville, SC, son of the late Thurman and Ruth (Modlin) Rivers. Thurman was a Methodist Minister, graduated from the University of Florida and received his Masters of Divinity at Emory University. He was a loving family man who enjoyed grilling for the whole family. Thurman was an avid Gator fan. Surviving are his dear wife of 57 years, Virginia; three children, Robert (Julie) Rivers, Julie(Robert) Hoffman, Jeffery (Vickie) Rivers; six grandchildren, Amanda Chapman, Christopher Rivers, Mitch Rivers, Rebecca Rivers, Bryce and Kaylee Hoffman; two great grandchildren and numerous friends and his dear four legged friend Max with whom he shared a banana every day. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. Arrangements are under the care of Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Thurman Rivers Jr.

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Lynne Read

February 19, 2014

My fondest memory of Thurman was during our trip to Homestead, FL after Hurricane Andrew with the Youth Group and about 8 adults. Thurman was the only one of us who really knew what he was doing, and I have a funny recollection of him sitting in a bathtub in someone's home, caulking around the edge. It was a picture I kept in my mind for sometime afterward! We enjoyed knowing him and thank him for his years of service at Skycrest. Our blessings and condolences to the family.
In Christ's love,
Lynne and Ron Read

February 18, 2014

Virginia, we were so sad to hear of Thurman's passing. He was one of our very favorite people in the world. Our time with you and Thurman at Skycrest United Methodist was truly a blessing to our entire family. Our children thought he hung the moon! Peace to you and your family. Steve & Patti Kushner

February 18, 2014

Virginia, so sorry to hear this news. What a sweet, gentle man. He was a perfect minister and friend to this young family at Skycrest UMC. I can still remember the words he said to encourage me as a young mother. And I know that God still is working in me. I enjoyed looking at these photos. It looks like he could still be the star pitcher of the softball team! Bless you and know that Tim and I are thinking of you. Trina Barnes

Jean McDaniel

February 18, 2014

Thurman was on my mind today and I just happened to do a Google search on him to see if I could find your address and his obituary came up. Virginia, we send you our love, prayers and sincere condolences. Thurman led me into a relationship with Christ, gave me my first opportunity in Christian ministry and was a beloved mentor and friend. I regret not looking you up sooner. Peace be with you. May there be Snoopy and lots of MM's in Heaven :) Love, Pete, Jean, Mike and Laura McDaniel. Huntsville, Alabama

Linwood Kennedy

February 14, 2014

Virginia, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Thurman. I saw the pictures of your beautiful family. I am thinking about all of you during your great loss. We have lived so far away from FL that it has been difficult to keep up with OHS friends. Linwood and Mary Elizabeth Kennedy,

Alice from AAA Brown

February 12, 2014

I will miss his wonderful smile & laugh. Thurman was always happy when we spoke about his travel plans (cruises). My prayers go out to the family with whom he loved so much.

June and Otto Wettstein

February 12, 2014

Virginia and very sorry to hear of Thurman's passing. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time...God will give you comfort...

February 11, 2014

So sorry to learn of Thurman's passing. Peace and love be with you and your family, Virginia.
Barbara Simmers Caywood, Indian Harbour Beach,Fl

February 11, 2014

So sorry to learn of you loss.Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Many fond high school memories.

John(ny) Moore

Carol & Larry Fitzgerald

February 11, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.