Herbert Patrick Rivers of Zwolle, Louisiana
January 5, 1944 – May 30, 2020
Services celebrating the life and legacy of Herbert Patrick Rivers will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Zwolle, LA, under the direction of Warren Meadows Funeral Home of Many, LA. Officiating will be Father Joseph C. Ampatt.
Herbert Patrick “Bear” Rivers was born on Wednesday, January 5, 1944 in Many, LA and entered peacefully into eternal rest with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 30, 2020. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, he leaves behind a legacy of devotion, service, and strong Christian values. He was baptized into the Catholic faith on January 18, 1944 by Father Robert C. Friend. A lifelong parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Zwolle, LA, he served in the choir for many years. A source of great pride and honor, Herbert was a veteran of the United States Army and Army Reserve where he earned a National Defense Service Medal. Additionally, he took great pride in the 24 years he served as a postal carrier with the US Postal Service. His working years were blessed through a plethora of rich friendships made during this time.
Herbert was preceded in death by his parents, Fred D. Rivers and Catherine Sepulvado Rivers; his beloved wife, Mary Leola Malmay Rivers; three brothers Paul Fredrick Rivers, Joseph Fred Rivers, and Michael Lewis Rivers.
Left to cherish his memory are five daughters Carol Roberts and husband Troy of Zwolle, LA; Tracy Garcie and husband Jerry of Many, LA; Kristy Brumley and husband Chris of Converse, LA; Margaret “Krissi” Ferguson of Zwolle, LA; and Cindi Meshell and husband Cody of Zwolle, LA; four sisters Faye Burlison and husband Charles of Shreveport, LA; Sue Estess and husband Johnny of Bossier City, LA; Judy Furches and husband Gary of Shreveport, LA; Bonnie Collins and husband Doug of Cowen, West Virginia; 15 grandchildren Kevin Rivers, Paige Sepulvado and husband Josh, Branson Dickson, Brett Garcie, Kyle Roberts, Brittney Garcie, Hunter Brumley, Summer Brumley, Ashlynn Ferguson, Jordan Meshell, Katherine Preston, Aaden Meshell, Rance Meshell, Jerry Lynn Garcie, Jr. and wife Colby, and Raven Garcie; three great-grandchildren Teegan Sepulvado, Aiden Sepulvado, and Jaelynn Garcie; devoted friend Darlene Meshell; special friend Cheryl Morgan, and a host of extended family and friends.
Serving as pallbearers are Herbert’s beloved grandsons Kevin Rivers, Branson Dickson, Brett Garcie, Kyle Roberts, Hunter Brumley, Jordan Meshell, and honoraries Aaden and Rance Meshell. Additional honorary pallbearers include Coyle Bossier, William “Terry” Ebarb, Chris Loupe, and T.D. Rivers.
The family wishes to thank Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Father Ampatt, Superior Hospice, and especially Christy Kelly, for their loving care of our beloved father/grandfather during this time.