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In Memory

Robert Rivers (Rivers)

Robert Rivers (Rivers)

Robert Dudley Rivers - December 5, 2020

Robert Dudley Rivers, 69, passed away on December 05, 2020, at Countryside Post Acute and Rehabilitation Center in Lawrenceburg, TN.

Robert was born on May 06, 1951, in Columbus, GA, to his late parents Bonner and Mildred Dotlich Rivers. He was a graduate of George State University with a BBA in Marketing.

Robert owned his own company called As-Built Services of Tennessee. His firm was an architectural consulting company that worked to survey and develop AutoCAD files for both commercial and residential customers. Robert's true passion, though, was music. He was a talented singer-songwriter, guitar player, and gifted harmonicist. He often played with a band under the title " Robert Rivers & Floodwater." Their bluegrass and Americana tunes could be heard often around Nashville and Leiper's Fork.

A memorial service will be held for Robert with his family privately at a later date.

Robert is survived by his siblings: Bonnie Malley, Barbara Rivers, George Rivers, and nieces Lisa McTyre, Karen Drake, Rachel Nightengale, and great-nephew Garrison McTyre.

He is preceded in death by his nephew, David Rivers.

Williams Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. You may send the family your sympathy or share your memories at williamsfh.com.

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12/13/20 08:46 AM #1    

Jimmy Kent

Robert was one of my wildest friends in high school. But you could see that down deep there was something more beautiful and refined in him. This proved true in his wonderful life of music and song. Rest In Peace Robert.

12/13/20 02:31 PM #2    

Eddie Fox

In grammar school, I lived within walking distance of Robert's house. Many good memories of playing ball with him and George. And, I would have never made it through English 101 at UGA had it not been for his big sister Barbara's help! 
Before our 50th Reunion, I told Robert he was about the only person I knew that was even more anti-authority than me. Perfect example was in a Pony Leauge baseball when Robert was moved to Center Field. He turned his ball cap inside out and wore it that way until the coach spotted him. "Rivers", he shouted, "turn that cap around!" Robert obliged by leaving the hat inside out, but turning the brim to the back of his head and wearing it that way until coach hollered at him again!! Need more proof? Go to p.192 in the '67 Cohiscan, and you will see ALL ROTC guys standing at full attention...except Robert in the back relaxed as can be and smirking. The only one I've seen better than that was an equally wild and spirted friend, Bubba Land, on p.142 of the '68 Cohiscan in full uniform and full face grin!!! 
RIP indeed Robert and thanks for the laughs and good tomes we shared.








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