Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home and Memorial Park

700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, FL


Doris Lewis Rivers

October 25, 1919February 8, 2020

Long time Tallahassee resident, Doris Lewis Rivers passed away peacefully on February 8, 2020 at the age of 100. Doris was born in Woodville on October 25, 1919 to Charles and Ruby Lewis, the eldest of 7 children. After spending most of her childhood in Woodville, the family spent time along the east coast between Jacksonville and Deland as her father supervised crews building US Highway 1. He became ill and the family moved back to Woodville when Doris was a senior in high school. On June 7, 1942 she married Leaston Rivers, a Marine in World War II, and they settled in Tallahassee. Doris worked as an administrative assistant for Ford Motor Company. She also helped Leaston run Rivers Hardware and Sporting Goods on South Adams Street for many years. Doris enjoyed time in her garden with her azaleas, camellias, and cats. She loved sweet potatoes and chocolate of all kinds. Doris attended Crossway Baptist Church for many years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 3 brothers, and son George Lewis Rivers.

She is survived by her 3 sisters: Dora Lewis Moore, Ethel Lewis Ballard, and Ruby Lee Lewis Harrison (Ralph); 3 children: Leslie Charles Rivers, Carol Suzanne Rivers Bahorski (Tom), John “Johnny” Leaston Rivers (Nan); 8 grandchildren: Charlie Rivers (Lorinda), Allison Rivers Barwick (Barry), Rebecca Rivers Sims (Johnny), Jon Thomas Rivers (Cristy), Jessica Bahorski, Zachary Bahorski, April Rivers Williamson (Aaron), and George Rivers (Tiffany); 12 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.

Visitation will be held at 1:30pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home, 700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, Florida with the Celebration of her Life beginning at 2pm. Burial will follow at MeadowWood Memorial Park.


  • Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Burial Following the Service Saturday, February 15, 2020


Doris Lewis Rivers

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Shane Davis

February 11, 2020

I remember going over to great grandma and grandpa’s house when I was younger and listening to them talk about FSU baseball. Also loved hanging out at the bait and tackle store when I was with my nanny and pawpaw.

Sandy Layne

February 11, 2020

What an interesting story... a real home girl... rarely seen. She must have been a great mom having influenced such fine folks as Carol and Jessica. I am sorry for your loss, but happy you had such a good mother and grandmother.