Mr. Billy Osby Rivenbark, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend passed away Friday, April 20, 2018 in the Skilled Nursing Facility at Pender Memorial Hospital in Burgaw, North Carolina
Born on March 22, 1934 to the late Fannie English and David Nathaniel Rivenbark of Pender County, North Carolina, Mr. Rivenbark graduated from Long Creek High School in 1953. The next year, he married Melba Jean King of Wilmington.
Mr. Rivenbark modeled a high work ethic for his family and friends by his dedication to the following businesses throughout his professional career. Beginning in 1954 through 1967, he worked as a manager with Garver’s (Sears) Shirt Factory in Wilmington, North Carolina; then from 1967 through 1971, he served as plant manager of Holt Hosiery Mill in Penderlea, North Carolina; from 1971 to 1974, he partnered with Ransom Harvell and Leon Skinner with Ransom Harvell Construction. In 1974, he started Billy O. Rivenbark Construction Company in Wallace, North Carolina, which he managed for 18 years, building over seventy-five homes and businesses. From 1991 - 2007, Billy served as Building Inspector for the towns of Burgaw, Watha, and Saint Helena, the Pender County Building Inspections Office and as a FEMA Disaster Relief Inspector.
In 1980, Billy O. Rivenbark was elected to the Pender County Board of Education and served two four-year terms. During his tenure, he led the Board as Chairman for two years. Billy O. Rivenbark served his community from civic involvements with the Cape Fear Chapter of Optimist International, Ruritan International, and Gideon’s International. He was a member of Jordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
Billy O. Rivenbark will be especially remembered for his ability to make lasting friendships with everyone he met, his devotion to his family, and his love for his community.
In addition to his parents, Fannie English and David Nathaniel Rivenbark, Billy was preceded in death by his siblings: Carl, Roland, Horace, Tom, and Martha Rivenbark as well as Mary Bond and Jenny Blanton and his wife of 64 years, Melba King Rivenbark.
Billy O. Rivenbark is survived by his 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, Alabama; Grandchildren, Scott Rivenbark (Sarah), Michael Rivenbark (Tiffany), Grant Rivenbark (Angela), Chris Northcott, and Zachary Rivenbark (Haley); and Great Grandchildren, Taylor, Keagan, Kinsley, Charleigh, Cody, and Anna Keith. Mr. Rivenbark is also survived by his youngest brother, Jimmie Rivenbark (Mamie) of Benson, NC.
Visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home in Burgaw, 308 W. Fremont St., Burgaw, NC with services held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home Burgaw Chapel. The Rev. Jimmie Johnson and The Rev. Ellen McCubbin will conduct the service. The family will be at the home of Joey and Dianna Rivenbark in Wallace.
Private burial will be at Oleander Gardens in Wilmington, NC
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to The Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or charity of your choice.
Shared memories and condolences may be sent to the family by selecting "guestbook" above.
Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.
Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home (Burgaw)
Sunday April 22nd, 2018
5:00pm - 7:00pm
308 W. Fremont St.
Burgaw, NC 28425
Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home (Burgaw)
Monday April 23rd, 2018
308 W. Fremont St.
Burgaw, NC 28425
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William, Joey, Frances and Ken, For more people than you will ever know, your Dad was our hero. There are many social ills but none can affect innocent children worse that being and looking poor. We were one of those families. We were those children. Because your Dad has a heart like an angel and the integrity of Joshua, he helped us and many other poor families build homes and move from the appearance of abject poverty and from a home where we had no indoor plumbing, from using an out house, running across the dangerous road to get water in a pail from an old style hand pump located in the middle of a field that was fed by an underground fresh spring, from a house that had an old tin roof that leaked profusely, and from a house that was freezing during the winter and scorching hot during the summer! Because Mr. Billy allowed the love of God to work through him, he changed our lives. He oversaw the construction of our new home and gave us a chance to have a home with indoor plumbing, heat and a place where we could go to sleep at night and feel safe. When he was overseeing the construction of our house back in the 70's, Mr. Billy treated us like he cared and as if he was building homes for his own family. He didn't just do that for us, he did that for many others. He changed our neighborhood and Mr. Billy changed our life and the way some people treated us. Mr. Billy will always be one of my heroes. I worked as the Pender County Planning Director during some of the time when Mr. Billy served as the Pender County Building Inspector. He was the hero to the next generation of Pender County residents, that he was to us when we were children. Mr. Billy leaves behind a great legacy of love, community service and Heaven gained a Superhero! Please find comfort that Mr. Billy is interceding on our behalf and walking around Heaven holding hands with with Momma Melba, talking with Jesus, Billy Graham and other Superheroes in Heaven!
Submitted by Angela Faison on Jun 24 2018 03:12:27 PM
William, Joey and Diana,
Sorry to hear about your dad, he was a fine fellow, hadn't seen him in a longtime. Our thoughts an prayers are with you. Jim and Jennifer Perry.
Submitted by Jim & Jennifer Perry on May 2 2018 04:27:37 PM
Jim & Jennifer Perry lit a candle for Billy Osby Rivenbark
Jim & Jennifer Perry lit a candle on May 2 2018 04:25:43 PM
Sorry to here about the loss of your mom and dad so soon. Praying for you all
Submitted by Walmart pharmacy burgaw on Apr 28 2018 12:04:04 PM
Mr. Rivenbark was such a wonderful kind man. I met him back in 2016 and admired the love he had for his wife he always called her his "bride." He was so proud of his family.I enjoyed listening to him talk about you all. Peace and blessings during this difficult time in Jesus name Amen.
Submitted by Kenisha Mitchell ( Former Well Care Nurse) on Apr 27 2018 03:41:30 PM
Please, accept my sincere condolences at the loss of your father. May your wonderful memories of his industriousness provide your heart with smiles in the difficult days ahead. As the surpassing peace of God provides comfort along with strength. Isaiah 12:2
Submitted by RB on Apr 26 2018 11:50:06 AM
To the Rivenbark Family, we rejoice to know that Mr. Billy O is at peace and reunited with Ms. Melba. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Submitted by Susan Casteen Wallace on Apr 23 2018 09:57:37 AM
Mr Billy was a fine man. He was a great boss at Holt Hoisery when Mama worked there. Peace and love to the entire family. RIP Mr. Billy.
Joan Blanton Newton ( Betty and Charlies Daughter)
Submitted by Joan on Apr 22 2018 11:29:50 PM
Sorry to hear of your loss! The Rivenbark family will be in my thoughts and prayers!
Submitted by Scott Herring on Apr 22 2018 05:23:05 PM
Dear family, so sorry to hear about uncle Bill, I know that it’s a very sad time for you all, I am sending you all my prayers and love. Remember almighty God as made a provision for all who have fallen asleep in death . Christ Jesus has promised a resurrection. Acts24:15 I find much comfort and you can to knowing that one day we can see all our friends and love ones .in paradise on earth. Love you all !!
Submitted by Linda Lanier on Apr 22 2018 03:13:30 PM
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