Dorothy Teachey Rivenbark of Rose Hill, NC (Island Creek Community) passed away peacefully at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro, NC on April 29, 2020. Dorothy was 96 years old and was born on December 25, 1923. She was the daughter of the late Jerry and Ruby Drake Teachey of the Island Creek Community of Rose Hill. She was also predeceased by her devoted and loving husband of sixty-nine years Sam Rivenbark, her daughters, Jeri Ellen Rivenbark Bradshaw, Linda Rivenbark Teachey and her son-in-law, Leonard Teachey.
Mrs. Rivenbark worked side by side with her husband in their country store (Rivenbark Grocery) located in the Island Creek Community for 43 years as well as helping to manage their family farming operation. While doing all this, she was also a housewife and was especially known for her good country cooking. She had a great talent for baking cakes and was called on by many throughout the community to bake one of her special cakes for their family events. She was a life-long member of Island Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving is her son, J.F. “Bud” Rivenbark (Donna) of Sneads Ferry NC; granddaughters, Brenda Barwick (Ricky) of Mount Olive NC, Deborah Shiver (Phil) of Mount Olive NC, Jill Ezzell (Jerry) of Wallace NC, Ginger Henderson (Jason) of Ogden NC, Julie Christine Kemp (Jermaine) of Hampstead NC, Alicia Charlene Pajerski (Steven) of Leland NC; great grandchildren, Cody Wendorf, Matthew Shiver, Hope Shiver Schaeffer (Chuck), Jaleigh Henderson, Amyia Lawton, Alexander Kemp, Owen Pajerski, Chandler Pajerski, Nina Pajerski, Vivian Pajerski, Steffi Pajerski, Hope Ezzell, her son-in-law, Harry Bradshaw, her special cousin and life-long friend, Martha Lee Teachey of Wallace and many special nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was a devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who dedicated her life to her family. She was happiest when all her family was together and in her presence. She loved cooking large meals for family events. During her younger years she always prepared three meals a day and most of them included her prize homemade biscuits that no other family member has ever been able to duplicate. She loved her large gardens and enjoyed putting up and freezing all the fresh vegetables to supply the family throughout the year. She also loved working in her house and keeping everything spotless all the time. She was a good neighbor and a faithful friend to all. She will be greatly missed, but the wonderful memories of her will never be forgotten.
Due to the COVID- 19 Pandemic there will only be a private family graveside service at Rockfish Cemetery in Wallace on Saturday May 2nd 2020 at 11 AM, officiated by her Pastor, Rev Ronald Ginn of Island Creek Baptist Church. A memorial service to celebrate her long life will be scheduled at a later date at Island Creek Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers you may donate to the Island Creek Baptist Church Building Fund in Memory of Sam and Dorothy Rivenbark. Please mail them to Island Creek Baptist Church, 237 Pasture Branch Rd, Rose Hill, NC 28458.
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