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Joseph Phillip Peter Rivers 1947 - 2012

Joseph Phillip Peter Rivers

This Guest Book has been kept online by Josie Rivers.
Sunday, December 09, 2012
Brother Phil your dedication to career & family will be cherish and missed!
Monday, December 03, 2012
Phil's passing marked the loss of a true patriot and mentor. As a superintendent and mentor - he was a master of his craft in which he not only attained very high standards but was instrumental in setting them even higher. His attention to detail, perseverance and commitment to U.S Military Cemeteries in Europe as he continued to Honor our fallen are legendary. It is time for those he honored to take another hero into their fold. May god watch over his family.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Phil, yesterday 29 November 2012, Chris, Sophie, Mike and Me went to the Cemetery to say, Happy Wedding Anniversary, it would have been 42 years and during all those years, you brought me a red rose, so yesterday I did the same, I brought you a red rose. I wanted so much to hold you in my arms, and kiss you, I love you so much my darling, Happy Wedding Anniversary, Bisous Josie
Thursday, November 29, 2012
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998
http://www.ruthann1.com
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
We were shocked to hear the sad news of Phil's passing today. I would have loved to have attended the service, phil was instrumental with my career at ABMC when stationed at St. James cemetery. We extend our deepest sympathy to all Phil's family and friends.
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