Billy Osby Rivenbark



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.

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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.