Reverand Raymond E. Rivers
1945 - 2018    

Rev. Raymond E. Rivers, "Rev",
went home to be with the Lord on December 17, 2018.

Rev. Rivers was born to the late C. James and Odessa (Richardson) Rivers in Wadsworth, Ohio, on June 29, 1945.   He graduated from Wadsworth High School and served in United States Army.

Rev. Rivers resided in Akron, Ohio, where he was employed at Morton Salt for over 30 years until his retirement, and he volunteered for 25 years at Akron East High School as a football coaching assistance and an adult mentor to students.

He was the assistant pastor at Independent Baptist Church in Smithville, Ohio, pastored by Rev. Wallace Flemings Sr.

Rev. Rivers was preceded in death by parents, C. James and Odessa (Richardson) Rivers; brothers, Linton Buddy (Sue) Rivers and Timothy Rivers.

He is survived by sons, Raymond (Veronica) Rivers II of Chesterfield, Va., Mark (Stephanie) Rivers of Palmdale, Calif., Jonathan (Telia) Rivers of Charleston, S.C.;  daughter, Meyett (Darnell) Johnson of Indianapolis, Ind.; siblings, Delores Garner, Elizabeth Robinson, James Rivers, Roberta Rivers, Leroy (Brenda) Rivers, Zipporah (Stan) King, Karen Rivers, Charlotte (Stanley) Davis, Judy Sykes and Evangelist Sandra Dunbar;  11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild;  and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and family.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2018, at Sommerville Funeral Services, 1695 Diagonal Rd., Akron, OH 44320.  330-836-2725

Interment Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Dec. 22 to Dec. 26, 2018


   Ray Rivers 
   Wadsworth High School
   Graduating Class of 1964

WHS Future Business Leaders of America, 1963-64.
Front: Sherri Campbell, Bonnie Blough, Miss Whitmer (Advisor), Judy Christner, Cheryl Light, Peg Bird.  Back: Claudia Buckingham, Ray Rivers, Mrs. Bentler (Advisor), Loretta Cline (President), Cheryl Miller, Kenneth Zook. 

WHS Stage Crew, 1963-64.  Row 1: Mr. Frey (Advisor), Dick Kraska, Ken Zook.  Row 2: Rick Wagner, Dwight Hartman, Dave Cowfer, Jim Raker, Gary McCaman.  Row 3: Ray Rivers, Doug Westney, Dale Nicodemus, Bruce Liston, Alan McGrew.
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