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Paul Rivers

Paul Jerome Rivers

Friday, March 21st, 1975 - Saturday, January 12th, 2019
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2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and be present with the Lord.

Paul Jerome Rivers, age 43, of Statesville, North Carolina, passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Paul was born on March 21, 1975 in Statesville, North Carolina, to Gilbert Rivers, Sr., and Vera Jean O’Hara Rivers, who preceded him in death.
In his early years he attended public schools in Statesville, North Carolina. He was selected to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. He graduated in 1993 with a concentration in vocal studies.
Paul discovered his love and passion for singing at an early age. He studied vocals privately with Dan Pardue at the University of Alabama and JoAnn Alexander at Mars Hill. Paul continued his studies at UNC at Greensboro where he was selected to be a member of the All-State Chorus.
Paul was the consummate vocalist. Before he entered high school, he scored a Superior at the NATS competition at Lenoir-Rhyne College. During his high school years, he continued his vocal acumen by scoring a Superior at the NATS competition at Appalachian State and at the NATS competition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Paul attended Appalachian State University for two years where he majored in music. He then entered the work force at Pratt Industry. After twelve years of faithful service, he was forced to retire due to a disability.
Paul was widely acclaimed for his vocal skills which included, being a vocal soloist for “The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Dubois at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Statesville and repeating this performance at AME Zion in Statesville. He was a featured soloist in the Statesville area for weddings, funerals and church socials.
Paul had a special love for video games and love competition and was proud when he beat anyone who challenged him at the games. His other hobbies included going to concerts, listening to classical music, and associating with close friends and family.
Paul will always be remembered as a wonderful son and brother and for his love of sharing his God-given talent with others. Paul is survived by his brothers, Gilbert Rivers, Jr., (Sylvia), James Edward Rivers (Vickie), and Mitchell David Rivers (Tonya), his aunt, Mary Thomas, and special relative, Gloria Brewington, and a host of nephews, a niece, cousins, and many, many friends.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 20th, 2019 | 2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Sunday, January 20th, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Mt. Pleasant AME Zion Church
    537 South Center Street
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    body will lie in state at 2:00 pm
  • Service

    Sunday, January 20th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Sunday, January 20th, 2019 3:00pm
    Mt. Pleasant AME Zion Church
    537 South Center Street
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    Rev. Reginald Keitt


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Posted at 08:39am
Wake were sadden to hear about the death of Mr. Paul Rivers. Our prayers go out to the family. May you all find comfort in the scripture found at 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 knowing that our Heavenly Father cares for you. Jesus said at John 5: 28,29 that all those in the grave will hear his voice and talked about a resurrection. We look forward to the day that Revelation 21:3-5 is fulfilled when death will be no more, the former things has passed away. May you have peace.

James Fraley

Posted at 06:17pm
May God bless and keep the family and friends of Paul. James Fraley and family

Tonya Morrison Brown & Traci Morrison

Posted at 08:57am
We will miss his dimples and his smile and how he always stopped by to chat with us. We love PJ - May he Rest In Peace. The Morrison Family - RL
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Odell and Vivian Williams

Posted at 04:43pm
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of P.J. You have our deepest sympathy.
Odell and Vivian Williams

Sandra Jones King

Posted at 11:32am
Deacon Gilbert and Deaconess Sylvia Rivers,
We pray that Almighty God will comfort you and give you peace. “He will give His people strength. He will bless them with peace.” Psalm 29:11
Gene and Sandra Jones King

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