Shirley Hadnott Rivenbark, 88, of Wallace, left this earthly life for her eternal rest on Sunday, January 6, 2019 surrounded by her children.
She was born on July 4, 1930 in Wayne County; the daughter of the late Guy Webster and Margaret Hill Hadnott. Also lovingly remembered is her husband of 61 years, Harris Earl Rivenbark, Sr.; siblings, Edward Lee Hadnott, Alton Hill Hadnott, Marilynn Johnson and Cecil Webster Hadnott; her half-brother, A.G. Hadnott and her half-sisters, Vera Hadnott Reddish, Mary Elizabeth Aman and Vida Hadnott Rollins.
Shirley graduated from Penderlea High School in 1949 with honors. She was then employed with Z.J. Carter in Wallace, where she met the love of her life, Harris. They were married in 1951. Shirley was later employed as secretary for Powell Motor Company until she joined her husband and his brother at Sports and Hardware Center in Wallace until 1990 when they retired and closed the business. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Wallace since 1952. During her years at First Baptist Church, Shirley was involved in various positions. She was a member of the Sonshine Choir, involved with the Keenagers and enjoyed the trips with the Merry Gerries. She loved her church and her church family.
Surviving to cherish her memory are her children, Harris Earl Rivenbark, Jr. of Teachey and Sharon R. Boney and husband, Jerry of Wallace; grandchildren, Christopher Rivenbark and wife, Melissa, Mitch Rivenbark and Kyle Rivenbark; great grandchildren, Megan Rivenbark, Graham Rivenbark, Paige Rivenbark, Payton Rivenbark, Allison Rivenbark, Gage Rivenbark and Kinsley Rivenbark; great-great grandson, Eli Cano and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends that loved Shirley.
Shirley was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother who loved her family dearly. She found great joy in the simplest of things, but one of her greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Shirley was a diligent homemaker who filled her home with love and welcomed all who entered. She was a great cook and a good neighbor and friend. Shirley will truly be missed but treasured memories of her will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
Funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Wallace with the Reverend Dr. Alan Thompson and Mr. Marvin Gillman officiating.
The family will receive friends from 11:00am to 12 Noon on Wednesday at the church.
Committal service will follow the service at Riverview Memorial Park, Watha.
Casketbearers will be Buddy Avant, Roy Blanton, Jimmy Bowen, Robert Chappell, Jay Herring and Stan Jenkins.
Honoraries will be Shirley’s wonderful caregivers: Sharon Hall, Lynda DeWitt, Rachel Dillard, Dottie Carter, Ann McQueen, Judy Sterbach, Donna Benton, Bessie Jones and Paige Rivenbark.
In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial gifts be given in Shirley’s memory to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or First Baptist Church of Wallace, Building Fund - for steeple enhancement, 408 W Main Street, Wallace, North Carolina 28466.
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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Wallace, NC 910-285-4005
Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation
1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington NC 28401
First Baptist Church Of Wallace-Steeple Fund
408 W. Main Street, Wallace NC 28466