In loving memory of

Charlie Ray Rivers
November 17, 1927 - July 22, 2020

Charlie Ray Rivers, 92, of Mocksville, was called home to his heavenly father on Wednesday July 22, 2020.
Charlie Ray, affectionately known as "Deac," was born November 17, 1927, to the late Boyd and Luvie Rivers, in Carnesville, Georgia. He received his education at Franklin County Training School.
In 1949, Charlie married his loving and devoted wife, Everine Carson. Together they raised four children. As an active and faithful member of Mt. Zion Holiness Church, he served on several boards, last as deacon. He was also responsible for remodeling the church and assisting with its upkeep. Charlie was active in community issues. He was instrumental in securing the services of YVEDDI for Davie County. He helped get the city water line extended down Campbell Road.
Fishing was his favorite pastime; local rivers and ponds were where he liked to relax. He loved taking trips to the coast for salt water fish. Charlie was also an avid hunter. In later years, traveling became a joy to him; trips to Atlanta to watch Braves games with his brother were some of the highlights of his life. In recent months he discovered a talent for art and adult coloring books. Charlie enjoyed his daily trips to the Davie Senior Center where he loved sitting on its porch and talking to people.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Everine; two children, Harold Rivers and Vickie Rivers; and siblings, Minnie Lee Mason and James T. Rivers.
Those left to cherish his memory include two daughters, Sarah Rivers of Winston-Salem and Gloria Pruitt (Richard) of Mocksville; special daughters, Patricia Rivers Taborn (Ron) of Winston-Salem and Phyllis Bohannon (John) of Yadkinville; grandchildren, Tammy, Kimberly and Larria Cunningham, Harold Keith, Anthony and Tina Rivers, Amanda, Candace Heckstall (Terrick) and David Pruitt, and Jose, Alisha, William, and Hubert Rivers; several great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
A private family service will be conducted at Lambert Funeral Chapel, with Bishop James Ijames officiating. A private interment will follow in Mt. Zion Holiness Church Cemetery. The family invites friends to come by Lambert Funeral Home, Wednesday, July 29, 12 to 6 p.m. At the family's request, and due to COVID-19, the number of visitors in the building at one time will be limited and masks will be required.
To provide the community an opportunity to celebrate the life of Mr. Rivers, there will be a live webcast of his service at 11a.m., Thursday, July 30, on the Lambert Funeral Home website, or https://webcast.funeralvue.com/events/viewer/33794.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be considered for Davie County Senior Center, 278 Meroney Street, Mocksville, NC 27028: Memo Charlie Rivers.
Online condolences: www.lambertfuneralhomenc.com

Tributes

Elton Foote wrote on Jul 31, 2020:

"To the Rivers Family: Mr. Rivers was a good neighbor and friend to my dad Lee Foote and family. We are so sorry for your loss. He will be missed in the community. Elton and Brenda Foote Charlotte, NC"

Richard Pruitt wrote on Jul 29, 2020:

"This is from ?Some old boy named Richard Pruitt?, who dared to make a collect call to his new girlfriend, Gloria, from his dormitory on Charlie Ray?s watch. You were my very kind and wise father-in-law for over 40 years and the grandfather of our three children, Amanda, Candace and David. Sincerely, ?Some old son-in law, Richard Douglas Pruitt?"

Sharon Rivers wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"To the family, we fill your pain, but remember God understands your pain. Put all your trust in Him. He will be there to hold you up when you don\'t think you can stand the sorrow. He will be there to hold you up when you can\'t stop crying. He will be there to hold you up when you must go on. And...He will never, ever let you go. Sending our love and sincerest condolences from our family and yours. You are forever in our thoughts and prayers. Sharon Rivers and Bobby Harris"

Deacon Phillip L.PeckSr. Friendship Missionary Bap wrote on Jul 27, 2020:

"Deacon Rivers was the Meaning of What A Deacon is A Servent of Jesus Christ.He help you when you needed it.I used to enjoy talking to him.To His Family You\'re Loss is Heavens Gain. He Will Be Missed. Signed/Deacon Phillip L. Peck Sr. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church."

Tami Langdon wrote on Jul 27, 2020:

"To the family, prayers to you for this loss of such a wonderful human being. I enjoyed when Mr. Rivers would drop by my office while paying his water bill. He shared many conversations. He was a very intelligent and sociable young man. I will miss his spirit, his smile, and always, a positive outlook on life."

Geanna Dillard Dunlap wrote on Jul 25, 2020:

"To The Rivers Family my sincere condolences to you all,Mr.Rivers was a good Christian man he had love for everyone,he will be missed by many that came in contact with this sweet soul,may you all find comfort in the Lord at this time."

Geanna Dillard Dunlap wrote on Jul 25, 2020:

"To the Rivers Family my sincere condolences to you all,your father was a good Christian man and he will be missed by many,my God wrap his loving arms around you all and comfort you."

Cassandra Mason wrote on Jul 25, 2020:

"\"Deac\" was a light and an inspiration at the church, it didn\'t matter what program was being sponsored Deac was there to support. He always had a ready smile, and words of wisdom to encourage you. As he would say \" I just got to say it the way it\'s in my heart\" Deac was the epitome of a Godly man, he always acknowledged man, woman or child didn\'t matter.. a smile, a nod, a word and if he knew you well a hug. To him I was \"Sam\" and when Phyllis tried to tell him my name was San he said \" I know what you said but I say Sam\" and that was what it was. He will surely be missed. What a legacy he left! Family my husband and I will be praying for you and if there is anything we can do all you need to do is call. Please accept our heartfelt condolences."

Deborah Collins Booe wrote on Jul 25, 2020:

"Dearest Rivers Family, What an honor it was to have known Deacon Rivers. He was an outstanding neighbor, hard worker & loyal soldier in God\'s Army. You never saw him without a smile & a kind word, always willing to help anyone. He found joy in life\'s simple pleasures & always had a good fishing story to share. Please know we\'re keeping you all in our prayers for strength & comfort, may you find peace in your precious memories of an amazing man. Love, Elder Early, Deborah, Matt (Ashley) & Joe (Amber) Booe, Beth & Caleb (Jemma) Foote"

Elder Antwan R. Clemons wrote on Jul 25, 2020:

"To the family of Deacon Charlie Rivers, we say earth hath no sorry, that heaven cannot heal!!! Praying that God?s strength will be your portion in this hour of bereavement!! Love always: Elder Antwan R. Clemons and family"

Danielle sellers wrote on Jul 24, 2020:

"To all my family you all will be in my heart.uncle charlie I will always love u I will miss them talks at walmart when we would bump into eachother and u coming by my house to check on me u will truly be missed.love always your niece danielle Sellers and family."

Michelle Myers wrote on Jul 24, 2020:

"Gloria, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that you are comforted by the Lord and that you feel his presence during the days and weeks to come. Sending love & hugs, Michelle Myers"