Kenneth

Kenneth Gerald Rives

May 20, 2019

Kenneth "Gerald" Rives, 92, of Siler City died Monday, May 20, 2019 at UNC Hospice, Pittsboro.

Mr. Rives was born in Chatham County on June 21, 1926 the son of Kenneth G. and Lois Gilmore Rives. Gerald was an active member of Meroney United Methodist Church, in his younger years he had served as a Sunday School Teacher and as chairman of the Church Council. He was a self-employed poultry farmer, enjoyed the outdoors, working in his yard and making homemade ice cream. Gerald was a people person and could often be heard spinning a tale to the delight of his listeners. He was also quick to help his neighbors or a complete stranger in a time of need. He enjoyed visiting his many friends at the Reno Sharpe Store. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruby Bouldin; brother, Donald Rives.

Gerald is survived by his wife of 71 years: Barbara Brooks Rives; daughter: Ann R. Poe and husband, Dexter; son: Mitchell B. Rives all of Siler City; brothers: William Rives and Wilbur Rives of Siler City; grandchildren, Jessie Ann Moore (Zach) and Ryan Mashburn (Robin); great-grandchildren, Reagan, Mia, Brock, Hudson, Abby, and Gauge; step-grandchildren, Maggie Poe and Elizabeth Rogers. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 2:00-3:00 PM at Meroney United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 10568 NC Hwy 902, Bear Creek. The funeral will follow Thursday at 3:00 PM at Meroney United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Whittaker officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to UNC Hospice, PO Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or Meroney United Methodist Church, 10568 NC Hwy 902, Bear Creek, NC 27207. Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.

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Visitation at Main Service

Thursday, May 23, 2019

2:00 - 3:00pm

Meroney United Methodist Church

10568 NC-902, Bear Creek, NC 27207

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Funeral Service

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Starts at 3:00pm

Meroney United Methodist Church

10568 NC-902, Bear Creek, NC 27207

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Final Resting Place

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Starts at 3:00pm

Meroney United Methodist Cemetery

10568 NC-902, Bear Creek, NC 27207

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