And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain for the former things are passed away. (Revelations 21:4)
Funeral services for Monica Renee Rivers was held Mon., Feb. 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Beulah Baptist Church. Sister Monica Renee Rivers was born Aug. 20, 1958, to Clarice and the late Vonnie Lee Rivers. On Feb. 1, 2007 God called her home to eternal rest after a lengthy illness.
Renee confessed Christ at an early age and joined the Millard Hill Baptist Church. She later moved to Chicago and united with Salem Baptist Church. After completing high school, she returned home and joined Beulah Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Grover Robinson.
God blessed her with a voice to sing which she used for his glory. A dedicated choir member and one of the lead soloists in her church choir, she was faithful until her health began to fail.
Renee’s heart’s desire was to see her only child graduate from college. On Dec. 20, 2002, her heart’s desire was fulfilled. Though wheelchair bound, God gave her strength to travel to Northwestern State University. A mother’s prayer was answered.
She leaves to cherish her memories: her loving son: Astair “Dusty” (Amy) River, Union City, Ga., her parents; Bobby and Clarice Griffin, Farmerville, one sister: Adrain S. Johnson, Farmerville, four brothers: Rodney P. Rivers, Spring Lake, NC, Bobby (Courtney) Griffin, Joseph (Nishona) Griffin, all of Farmerville, Edward Charles Griffin, Spearsville, a special niece, Channel Johnson, Farmerville, special caretakers: Morris Davis, Joann Jones, Mary Ruth Fields, Farmerville and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Edward Hill, Sr., Edwin Fields, Rodney P. Rivers, Tarecco Dismuke, Kevin Simmons, Benjamin Fields. Honorary Pallbearers were Deacons of Beulah, Decon Dexter Andrews, Deacon Robert Andrews, Bro. Raymond Goldsmith and her nephews.
Interment followed at Springhill Baptist Church.