Jimmy Wayne Rivers
February 17, 1946 – June 6, 2018
Jimmy Wayne Rivers, 72, of Richardson, Texas, passed away June 6, 2018. He was born in Hillsboro, Texas on February 17, 1946 to Jack W. Rivers and Dorothy E. Greenhill. Jimmy had many wonderful memories of early childhood with his grandparents, Stanley and Alma Greenhill, at their farm outside Milford, Texas. He grew up in Oak Cliff, graduating from Kimball High School in 1964. He joined the Air Force January 1, 1966 and served in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Guam, Okinawa, and Thailand. Jim had a career in the telecommunications industry starting with Western Electric Co. and retiring from Lucent Technologies. He married his wife, Dorothy in 1971. The birth of his daughter, Jennifer, in 1974 was his proudest family moment. He coached girl's fastpitch softball for 9 years for Jennifer and their team hosted the Girl's National Fastpitch Tournament in 1990. He had an artist's eye. He enjoyed drawing, creating "found" art pieces, and photography, serving as President of the Houston Photographic Society. He especially liked making electronic toys for his grandson, Neil. He enjoyed running, participating in many races, including the Houston Marathon in 1980. An avid audiophile, he enjoyed building, repairing and modifying vacuum tube audio gear, FM tuners, turntables, and speakers. He co-founded FMTunerInfo.com and enjoyed many hours with his audio friends in listening sessions. Jim was baptized as a teen at East Temple Baptist Church in Oak Cliff. He had fond memories of watching his Grandpa Summit baptize congregants at the low water bridge in Sims, Arkansas. As a Member of First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, he loved helping with children in Sunday School and the First Friday Program. He also served on the Fellowship committee and helped with church maintenance with the Sometimers group. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack W. Rivers, his mother, Dorothy Rivers Summit, and his step-father, Creo A. Summit. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Dorothy "Dee", his daughter Jennifer McClenaghan and husband Scott, grandson, Neil McClenaghan, sisters Nancy Price, Pam Stinson and husband Jim, Sharon Taggart and husband Steve, Michelle Turner and husband John, brothers John Summit and wife Alexis, Glenn Rivers, and step mother, Barbara Rivers. He is also survived by many friends and a loving family of in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, 271 Walton St., Richardson, TX.
- Mr. Rivers was preceded in death by his father, Jack W. Rivers, his mother, Dorothy Rivers Summit, and his step-father, Creo A. Summit. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Dorothy "Dee", his daughter Jennifer McClenaghan and husband Scott, grandson, Neil McClenaghan, sisters Nancy Price, Pam Stinson and husband Jim, Sharon Taggart and husband Steve, Michelle Turner and husband John, brothers John Summit and wife Alexis, Glenn Rivers, and step mother, Barbara Rivers. He is also survived by many friends and a loving family of in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.
- Memorial Service Saturday, June 16, 2018
Jimmy Wayne Rivers
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June 15, 2018
It has been an absolute pleasure to have enjoyed Jim's friendship for almost 15 years since moving from Atlanta. Exploring the world of audio & sharing music with him was always such a treat! A caring and sensitive person, I learned a lot about life's wonders through him. We all have...
He always expressed his gratitude and good fortune for finding Dee, and was so proud of his daughter and grandson. His courage and determination will always be an inspiration for family and friends to admire. I miss him greatly already, but the wonderful memories are ours forever...
June 14, 2018
Uncle Jim (an uncle I inherited through my dad, who has been friends with Jim since they were in 2nd grade) was the best uncle a girl could have. It never felt as though we were not blood-related. He was just always there. My own son just graduated high school and was given a gift of his first set of tools, a happy reminder to me that Uncle Jim was the one who gave me my first set of tools when I first went out on my own after college, tools which I still own and use. He also gave me many more tools of wisdom through the years, not to mention lots of laughter. His love, smile, and friendship will never be forgotten. I loved him very much :)
June 10, 2018
Jim & I grew up together. He has been a major part of my life since the 2nd grade. We were inseparable as kids, playing baseball, camping with Boy Scouts, combing the neighbourhood for Coke bottles to turn in for the two cent deposit. High School, a time for girls, learning to drive, girls, sometimes starring homework assignments, and of course girls. A closer friend I could never have had.
We had a 1949 Cadillac (a real junker, technically Jim's - long story) we would cruse around in, always an adventure. We would use it as transport (risky) on double dates.
One of those double dates Jim introduced me to his date and my future wife of 52 years.
Jim & I shared many hobbies over the years like collecting rocks, coins, stamps; toy airplanes; audio (back then we just called it Hi Fi); photography. Jim had lots more interests (I could never keep up).
Without Jim, my life would not have had his adventurous, intellegent, thoughtfull, careing and giving influence. The feeling of loss of my life long friend is beyond words. I was born an only child. I did not have a brother by birth, but I had my brother Jim.
June 9, 2018
I'm proud to say that Jim was my best friend. . .and always will be.
We met each other at a local get-together for guys interested in music and audio equipment, and that love of the hobby was the gift that bound us together thru the next 14 years. Some of my fondest memories are of Jim & I visiting friends homes and enjoying music, food, wine and lively conversations about all things audio. Most times we'd simply meet each other for lunch and then retire to one of our homes for a relaxing afternoon of music and conversation, which included solving the world's problems. After a glass of wine, and with the world's problems solved, Jim would usually find time to close his eyes and drift off into dreamsville. He'd insist he was just resting his eyes, and I played along. After a bit more music it was time to call it a day. We repeated and enjoyed this routine countless times over the years. Only my moving to Oregon 3 years ago interrupted this guilty pleasure.
Jim was the sweetest, kindest and most gentle man I have ever known. He freely shared his considerable knowledge and skill with his many friends and was always the first to volunteer to help anyone in need.
They call Jim and me audiophiles, but I just call us good friends who happened to share an interest in audio. Had we met instead while waiting for a bus, I'm certain that we'd still have become best buddies.
While we're no longer able to enjoy each other's company, I just want to say again that Jim is my best friend, and always will be.
I love you old pal. I know you're enjoying the heavenly music.