YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Funeral service will be held on Monday October 10, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at New Bethel Baptist Church, for Mrs. Bessie Mae Rivers, 78, Youngstown, who departed this life on Monday, October 3, 2016, In University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mrs. Rivers was born October 23, 1937, in Eufaula, Alabama, a daughter of Henry and Annie B. McElroy Brutley.
She was a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Her first husband, J.W. Gibbs, whom she married October 26, 1952, died May 5, 2004 and her second husband, Samuel Rivers, whom she married March, 1968, died July, 1994.
Mrs. Rivers was a former member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, where she served on the usher board and sang in the choir. She is currently a member of New Bethel Baptist Church where she was serving as an usher.
She leaves her children, James (Ethel) Gibbs, Marilyn (Kevin) King of Youngstown, Jeanette (Eugene) Burford, III of Columbus, Ohio, Sheila G. Wilson of Houston, Texas, twins, Rita (Aldrick) Gore of Pinkerington, Ohio and Ricky Gibbs of Youngstown and Robert “Tony” (Stephanie) Gibbs of Canton. Sisters, Inda Bell Griffin of Eufaula, Alabama, Louise Powell of Birmingham, Alabama; a brother, Walter Brutley of Boston, Massachusetts; 12 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Henry and Tommie Brutley and two sisters JoAnn Thomas and Mary Ruth Williams.
Friends may call from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements handled by F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.
A television tribute will air Monday, October 10 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.