OBITUARY

Charles Wilson Rivers

October 25, 1946February 13, 2019
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Charles Rivers, age 72, of Lavergne, passed away Wednesday morning, February 13, 2019 at his home with his family around him. He was son of the late Woodrow Wilson Rivers and Nettie Lee Morse Rivers. Charles is survived by his wife of 52 years, Shirley Rivers; daughters, Melissa Jones and her husband Robert and Tracy Harvey and her husband William; sister, Dyanne Biggs; brother, Randy Rivers; and 6 grandchildren. There will be a Celebration Gathering Sunday evening, February 17, 2019 from 6:30pm till 8:00pm, with a Masonic Service beginning at 7:00pm at Roselawn Funeral Home. There will be a Graveside Celebration at 10:30am on Monday morning, February 18, 2019 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens with a gathering time beginning at 10:00am at Roselawn Funeral Home. Mr. Rivers served his country as a United States Army veteran. He was a 1977 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and retired from Colonial Bakery, after 33 years as a route salesman. He was a huge supporter of the University of Tennessee. He was a member of the Al Menah Shrine Temple, where he and “Gus” joyfully entertained children as a member of the Clown Unit.

Services

  • Celebration Gathering Sunday, February 17, 2019
  • Masonic Service Sunday, February 17, 2019
  • Celebration Gathering Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Graveside service to celebrate Monday, February 18, 2019
REMEMBERING

Charles Wilson Rivers

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Tonya Moss

February 17, 2019

My Uncle Charles has always been so full of love for me, my husband, and all my kids (some of my kids were blood related and some were not) but he didn’t seem to care. We always sought him out at the circus and he made them all feel so special. I will sure miss his love and encouragement. I loved the relationship he shared with my mother (his sister) and the unwavering love they had with one another. His smile, his jokes, his giving people a hard time in such a loving and joyous way will be missed by many. I’m sure Papa, Granny, Uncle Ronnie, and my Aunt Lynn were happy to see him in Heaven but we will sure miss him here with us. Much love and prayers to my Aunt Shirley and my cousins, Melissa & Tracy, and their families.

Samantha Willey

February 17, 2019

He loved fishing so much that he would try it anywhere..

Samantha Willey

February 17, 2019

No matter what kind of day you had he could always make you smile. He loved his family so much. He loved his great grandchildren so much. His pride and joy was his one and only great grandson!

Heather Franklin

February 15, 2019

Heather Franklin

February 15, 2019

Hope Hester (Waynick)

February 15, 2019

I will forever be indebted to this incredible man and his wife for loving my family the way they have. Charles was a man that was so kind but he didn't mind being a smart butt. Shawn will tell you that all his conversations with him were always giving each other back hard time. He an infectious smile and contagious laugh. He was the best friend my dad could have ever asked for and the best Papa my kids and I could ever have. He was so incredibly loved by everyone. I'm so grateful for my memories and conversations with him. He will truly be missed and my heart will forever have a chip where he belonged. I love you No Buns. I love you Shirley and the whole family!

Michele Rivers Lee

February 14, 2019

To my dear family- I am so sorry for the loss of my late father Leon Rivers’ favorite cousin Charles! I am sure my Daddy was awaiting his arrival with open arms. I was a child the last time I saw him, but the memories are so fond. My prayers are with you today and in the days to come!
Blessings, Michele Rivers Lee

Jean and Joe Middleton

February 14, 2019

We may have only known you briefly, but abundantly through the memories shared by your loving sister, Dyanne. Those stories tell of great love, respect, gentleness and compassion, with a lot of clowning around. To this grieving family who has had the blessing of having Charles as part of their life, we extend our deepest condolences. He has met his Maker and is sharing untold joy with family, friends and new acquaintances. Peace and comfort to this family! ~ Joe and Jean Middleton

Kathy Rivers

February 13, 2019

I know you and Ronnie will be up there telling jokes and talking about fishing. Yall be telling all the stories about your fishing trips that always had something go wrong. Lol. Love and miss you.

Marilyn Dillard

February 13, 2019

No buns you were a great funny clown not only to the kids you came into contact with but everyone. Every balloon you made each and everyone felt special as you are. We will miss you but heaven gained one great clown and friend.

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Biography

Charles Rivers, age 72, of Lavergne, passed away Wednesday morning, February 13, 2019 at his home with his family around him. He was son of the late Woodrow Wilson Rivers and Nettie Lee Morse Rivers. Charles is survived by his wife of 52 years, Shirley Rivers; daughters, Melissa Jones and her husband Robert and Tracy Harvey and her husband William; sister, Dyanne Biggs; brother, Randy Rivers; and 6 grandchildren. There will be a Celebration Gathering Sunday evening, February 17, 2019 from 6:30pm till 8:00pm, with a Masonic Service beginning at 7:00pm at Roselawn Funeral Home. There will be a Graveside Celebration at 10:30am on Monday morning, February 18, 2019 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens with a gathering time beginning at 10:00am at Roselawn Funeral Home.
Mr. Rivers served his country as a United States Army veteran. He was a 1977 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and retired from Colonial Bakery, after 33 years as a route salesman. He was a huge supporter of the University of Tennessee. He was a member of the Al Menah Shrine Temple, where he and “Gus” joyfully entertained children as a member of the Clown Unit.