2011-11-03 / Obituaries


Vernon Rivers, 89, of Grove Hill died October 30, 2011 in a Mobile hospital following a brief illness.

A Clarke County native, he grew up in the Sandflat community. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater as a non-commissioned officer and mortar man. After the war he married his wife, Ioma, and they were married 65 years.

He went to work for Alabama Power and worked in Thomasville and Butler before moving to Grove Hill in the 1970s. After a lifetime of climbing poles and making friends of his utility customers, he became manager of the Grove Hill office, and remained in this job until his retirement.

He enjoyed gardening, cutting others’ lawns, his church, Grove Hill Baptist, and following and discussing Alabama football.

He was always active in his church and helped build many churches across the country while on mission trips.

His most determined goal during his senior years was the care of his wife, Ioma, and he never tired of patiently assisting her as she suffered declining health.

He is survived by his wife, Ioma Rivers of Grove Hill; two sons, Phillip Rivers of Wash- ington, D.C. and Terry Rivers of Fairhope; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Visitation was held at Grove Hill Baptist Church on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 from 6 until 8 p.m..

Funeral services were held at Grove Hill Baptist Church on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Lee Merck officiating. Burial with military honors was in the Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Grove Hill Baptist Church, 140 South Church Street, Grove Hill, Ala. 36451.

Arrangements were by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville.

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