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Deacon Sidney L. Rivers

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Deacon  Sidney L. Rivers Obituary
WILLIAMSBURG - Deacon Sidney L. Rivers passed away peacefully on February 21, 2014, in the comfort of his home, with his loving wife by his side. In 1971, he graduated from York High School. After leaving high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He retired from Cheatham Annex/Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, after twenty years of dedicated service. He was also the proud owner of S L Rivers Pest Control and Termites service, for over twenty years. Sidney accepted Christ as his personal Savior, was baptized and joined Little Zion Baptist Church, Williamsburg. On December 29, 1991, he was ordained as a Deacon. He served his church faithfully, until his health began to fail. To know him was to love him. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.B. and Evelyn Rivers, and his brothers, Rickey N. Rivers and Lafayette Rivers. Sidney leaves to cherish his precious memories, his loving wife of thirty years, Rev. Lucinda Rivers; his children, Rochelle Johnson, of Newport News, La'Trice Rivers, of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and LaCrystal Rivers, of Williamsburg; his stepson, whom he loved as his own, USMC Gunnery SGT Marcus Ashby, of Cherry Point, NC; his five grandchildren, whom he adored, Michael, Darius, Jr., Asia, Rakiyah and Jahleel; his brothers, James Rivers (Linda) and Jerry Rivers; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and many caring friends. A homegoing celebration will be held 1 pm, Friday, February 28, 2014 in Little Zion Baptist Church, 8625 Pocahontas Trail, with the Reverend Linwood T. Gatling officiating. Interment to follow in the church cemetery with military honors. Family and friends will assemble at 125 Woodside Drive, Williamsburg by 12 noon on Friday. Mr. Rivers may be viewed from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday in Whiting's Funeral Home. Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23185. 757-229-3011 www.whitingsfuneralhome.com
Published in Daily Press on Feb. 26, 2014
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