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Smith Memory Chapel

755 Atlanta Hwy., SE, Winder, GA

OBITUARY

Luis "Chino" Angel Rivera

December 5, 1952June 20, 2020
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Luis “Chino” Angel Rivera, age 67 of Auburn, GA, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020. He was a native of Puerto Rico. Luis was a member of Barrow Community Church and an active member of the praise band. He was a veteran of The US Army where he earned the rank of Major after 14 years of service. Luis retired as a deputy sheriff with The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office after 20 years of service. He was a musician of many talents, mastering the use of many instruments. In addition to his being a member of the praise band Luis was in the military band and many other bands throughout the years. He loved his family and was the "Grandpa that could fix anything"! Luis was preceded in death by his parents, Jorge Rivera-Rivera and Carmen Delia De Jesus. He is survived by his wife and friend of 12 years, JoAnn Rivera of Auburn; three sons, Tony Rivera (Jill) of Richmond, TX, Luis Rivera Jr. of Winder and Daniel Rivera (Lindsey Daniel) of Winder; two daughters, Yadira Michelle Rivera-Rodriguez (David Milledge) of Decatur and Wanda Ivonne Rivera-Rodriguez (Derek Perry) of Winder; two step-children, Blake Johnsa (Heather) of Warner Robbins and Brittney Fleming of Snellville; two brothers, Edwin Rivera and Jorge Rivera of San Juan, Puerto Rico; three sisters, Myrna Rivera of Cayey, Puerto Rico, Carmen Ana Rivera of Arroyo, Puerto Rico and Carmen Judith Rivera of Loganville, GA and three grandchildren, Elijah Rivera- Rodriguez, Bently Perry and Zemily Aguilera. The family will receive friends at Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA from 6PM until 9PM, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Funeral services will be held at 10AM Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Barrow Community Church. Interment will follow with military honors in The Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Benevolent Fund, Inc, Attn. Neena Smith, 2900 University Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. Due to COVID19, please use social distancing measures and please use a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will provided.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

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Luis "Chino" Angel Rivera

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Amanda Mushill

June 25, 2020

JoAnn, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your loved ones in this time. Much love from your WestRock family. Amanda Mushill

Eric & Medina Potter

June 25, 2020

When Eric and I met Luis at the Braves baseball game last summer, we knew that he was a good man. What an honor to have met him that day. Our continued thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Stay strong in the Lord.

Hector Perez Rivera

June 25, 2020


We love you and you will be missed! Maybe you will form a band in heaven too! You have to grow your hair again tho, to make it authentic. Te amo tio, espero estes con abuelo y abuela esperandonos.

Adam & Alesha King

June 24, 2020

The Good Lord gained another angel. We are sending our love and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

Love,
Adam & Alesha King & Family

Aubrey & Rachel King

June 24, 2020

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Love,
Aubrey & Rachel King

Lisa Levantino

June 22, 2020

My deepest heartfelt sympathies to the Rivera family at such a difficult and heartbreaking time. Luis was so good to my dear friend JoAnn and they were so happy together! Anyone who was lucky enough to have known him, was truly blessed. He will be forever missed but never forgotten!

Mickey y Magali Irizarry-Gonzalez

June 22, 2020

Rest in peace our "compadre". God receive in heaven in his paradise.
Descansa en paz compadre. Dios te reciba en sus brazos en el paraíso, ese paraíso que todos queremos llegar. Orando por tu descanso y la fortaleza para tus hijos. Nuestras condolencias para ellos.

Anne Johns

June 22, 2020

I worked with Luis at the Sheriff's Office several years ago. He was such a nice man and always gave his best to the job. Luis always talked about his family, he loved them so much. I am so sorry for your loss.

Luis Gonzalez

June 21, 2020

Please accept our deepest condolonces. Chino was loved by many. It's hard to mourn his passing, but we need to thank God that Deputy Rivera lived! He filled our hearts with love and joy. He was a good soldier, policeman, father, family man and a servant of God. Thanks Cousin, mission accomplished. We'll take it from here. Rest in Peace.

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