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Parkway Funeral Home & Parkway Memorial Cemetery

1161 Highland Colony Pkwy, Ridgeland, MS

OBITUARY

Michael Bryan Rives

April 8, 1974March 16, 2020

On March 16, 2020, Michael (Mike) Bryan Rives of Madison, Mississippi who was a loving father, son, brother, and a loyal friend entered the gates of heaven at the age of 45. Mike was born on April 8, 1974 to Judy and Billy Rives in Concord, CA. He moved to Jackson, MS at the age of five. From a young age, Mike formed a strong work ethic, determination, and competitiveness from his parents and his bond with his brothers. Attending Jackson Preparatory School, Mike excelled in all sports and was one of the most competitive individuals you would ever meet. Upon graduation in 1993, Mike had the opportunity to continue playing college football but was hurt in a tragic accident which altered his life as a paraplegic. After rehabilitation, Mike attended Mississippi State University where he graduated in 1998. He worked in the insurance and financial industry for over 20 years where his final position was the regional director for Modern Woodmen of America. Mike was blessed with four beautiful children that he dearly loved. Mike’s love for his family and children stands out throughout his life as he was continually active in their activities and strived to show them Christ’s love. Mike attended Meadowbrook Church of Christ in his early years and later became a member of Pinelake Church in Madison.

Mike was a true inspiration to everyone that came into his life. Mike had a passion for life and a determination that never slowed him down or kept him from achieving anything his heart desired. This was evident as he was accepted as a representative of the USA Paralympic Powerlifting Team. Mike was never one to complain and his strength and never-quit attitude will live long after his life on earth. He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca June Rives, and three sons, William Rex, Samuel Nolan, and Michael Brody Rives. His parents Judy H. Rives and William O. Rives of Ridgeland, MS and brothers Dr. William O. Rives II of Ridgeland, Robert Scott Rives and wife Lyndi of Madison, MS, and Richard Truman Rives and wife Angela of Madison, MS, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and lifelong friends. Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents, June and Truman Humphries of Shreveport, LA, and Loreta and Reggie Rives of Ruston, LA.

A family only burial service will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. A memorial celebration of his inspirational life will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made in memory of Michael Bryan Rives to the Wilson Research Foundation Spinal Injury Research at Methodist Rehabilitation Center.

Services

  • Private Graveside Service Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Memories

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Dianne Shearer

March 27, 2020

Mike, you will always be in our hearts. You are now walking, running and playing the sports you so loved. We love you and wish we had your strength that you so boldly displayed.
Our love, Aunt Dianne & Uncle Billy
Houston, TX

Elizabeth Henderson

March 23, 2020

Mike has always been an inspiration to me of perseverance and a positive attitude. I had the honor of taking care of him a few times in the past and he always made everyone smile and his personality never failed to impress the OR team. You will all be in my prayers but I am so happy that he is now whole.

Robert Whitley

March 23, 2020

My most vivid memory of Mike was the Sunday morning at Meadowbrook when he got out of his wheelchair and with crutches came forward to praise God. A day I will never forget.

Sharon Tompkins

March 22, 2020

No more pain, no more wheelchair, no more tears. Safe in the arms of Jesus. What a sweet comfort. Praying for this wonderful family as they grieve.

Chris and Amy Hines

March 22, 2020

Thought and prayers to Mr. and Mrs.Rives and the rest of the Rives family.
With Love,
The Hines Family

Gayle Reaves

March 22, 2020

Mike was truly one of the most determined, courageous and diligent young men I’ve ever known. I pray that all of you are comforted by the knowledge that he never gave up but pressed on to achieve his goals in life. May God give you peace.

Buck and Kathy Tumlison

March 21, 2020

Mike was a fighter and he gave it his all. We enjoyed visiting with him on many occasions. Our prayers go out to the whole family. ❤️

Sarah Lewis

March 20, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss and am praying for y’all. From the short amount of time that I had to know him, I could tell that he was a kind and good man. He has great children and great parents. I will keep y’all in my prayers.

wes Thomas

March 20, 2020

Thinking of the entire Rives family and praying for you all right now.
We love you.
God bless

Wes

Suzie Adcock

March 20, 2020

Dear Judy and Bill,
You are in our prayers. I wish we all lived back in Northpointe like the old days. We loved watching your boys grow up. I am so sorry for your loss of Mike. Mike is now at peace and no longer suffering. I pray for
your sweet family. Treasure the memories y’all had and we will all rejoice in heaven one day.
Love ,
Suzie Adcock

FROM THE FAMILY