Melba Jean King Rivenbark



Melba Jean King Rivenbark, 78, of Willard beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, Christian, and God's faithful servant was called to her heavenly home by the Lord on Friday, February 23, 2018.

She was born September 15, 1939 in Wilmington, the daughter of the late Quillie Jessie and Morie Faulk King. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Evelyn Millis and Vivian Stowers; and brothers Levy, Claude, and Clyde King.

Melba is survived by her husband of 64 years, Billy O. Rivenbark; children, William G. Rivenbark (Janet) of Burgaw, Joey Rivenbark (Dianna) of Wallace, Frances Rivenbark of Willard, and Dr. Ken. Rivenbark (John R. Roper) of Huntsville, AL; grandchildren, Scott Rivenbark (Sarah), Michael Rivenbark (Tiffany), Grant Rivenbark (Angela), Chris Northcott, and Zachary Rivenbark (Haley); great grandchildren, Taylor, Anna Keith, Charleigh, Cody, Keagan, and Kinsley; and many extended family and friends.

Melba's journey on earth was a life well lived. Her years were filled with an abiding love of the Lord and her beloved family. She loved her church family at Jordans Chapel UMC where she had served as director of the Children’s Day Care Program. Being avid sport fans, Melba and Billy enjoyed attending Pender High Patriots games. In past years, Melba was a substitute teacher in the Pender County School System. Melba will be deeply missed by her many friends, and especially by her husband, children and grandchildren.

The family will receive friends 5 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home in Burgaw. At other times the family will be at the home of Joey and Dianna Rivenbark, 159 Jonestown Road, Wallace.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday at Jordans Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Applewhite and The Rev. Jimmie Johnson conducting the service.

Private interment will be later in the week in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or to a charity of your choice.

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A service of Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.