Gary Rivers

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Funeral services for Gary Mark Rivers, 60, of Noble, were held October 9 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Richard Norsworthy officiating. Burial followed in the Noble Cemetery. He was born January 23, 1957 in Zwolle. He was the 6th of 7 children to Jacob Leroy Rivers and Letha Rivers. Growing up Gary enjoyed playing outdoors in the woods of Zwolle. He attended high school at Zwolle High where he played basketball and earned a basketball scholarship to Baptist Christian University. At Baptist Christian University he played point guard and broke the school record for the most points scored in a game. He graduated college in 1979 with a bachelor degree in education. On April 24, 1980 he married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Aaron. They enjoyed 37 years of marriage and had 3 children. Throughout his life, Gary was known for his impeccable work ethic and involvement in the community. He trimmed trees for his brother, Roy, worked as a saw-hand for local logging companies, and worked derricks [GR1] for Noble Drilling. He taught drivers education, and was the mayor and Chief of Police of Noble, and president of the North Sabine Fire Department. He used his degree in education to be an adaptive physical education teacher for children with physical disabilities. He was also a safety supervisor for several drilling and construction companies. For years he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He loved being a basketball referee and baseball umpire and officiated numerous youth and high school games. Gary is most known and beloved for being coach of junior high and high school basketball. His love and genuine interest in his players has left an indelible mark on all he coached. In his leisure time, Gary enjoyed many hobbies including hunting, fishing, and travelling. He loved travelling across the country with Beverly and visiting various Major League Baseball stadiums. He also loved hosting cookouts and having friends and family over to enjoy his barbeque. Gary took the most pride in being “Papa” to Liddy and Drake. He found great joy in taking them fishing and riding on his four-wheeler with them. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Letha, and younger brother Steve. Gary is survived by his wife, Beverly; children, Angela and husband, Phillip Saunders, Krista and husband, Nick Davis, and Mark; grandchildren, Liddy Belle Davis and Drake Dean Davis “Leroy”; and brothers and sisters, Joseph and wife. Mary Ann, Lucille, Roy, Martha, and Nancy and husband, Jim May.

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