August 12, 2010

In memory of Chris Rivers

I met Chris Rivers through my friendship with the Storr kids (Debbie, Terry, Mickie, and Maureen). Bill Storr worked for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, where Chris's father was an editor.  Chris and Debbie held their wedding reception in the sprawling house Fred and I bought when we moved back from Philadelphia. She wore an elegant fitted white dress and a enormous hat that was too chic for any of the rest of us ever to carry off.

Chris was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer two years ago and survived longer than doctors predicted. And yet, as I told Terry when she phoned with the news of Chris's death, "It's as though the rug of our twenties just got ripped out from underneath us."

My girls babysat for their girls, Jessica (Chris's stepdaughter) and Abbie, so our entire family shares in the aching hearts of the Rivers' family.

SUMMERVILLE, SC-- Christopher Lynn Rivers, 58, of 401 Summercourt Drive, died Friday, August 6, 2010, at his home. Born July 19, 1952, in Richland County, SC, he was the son of the late Rudolph and Rosemary Peters Rivers.

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Christopher Lynn Rivers
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he was employed with Giant Resource Recovery and was a U. S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Storr Rivers; two daughters, Abigail Rivers and Jessica Ujevic and husband Ivan, all of Summerville; a sister, Kim Messer of Spartanburg; and a brother, Chip Rivers of Spartanburg.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, August 12, 2010, at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel, conducted by Chaplain Matthew Eddleman. The family will receive friends following the service at the home of Charlotte Newcomb, 432 Blackwood Drive, Spartanburg, SC.
An online guestbook is available at
Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel

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