Harold Edward Rivers

Born: Wed., Jun. 29, 1932
Died: Thu., Feb. 6, 2014

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Mon., Feb. 10, 2014
Location: Walker United Methodist Church

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Harold Edward “Bubba” Rivers of Greensboro, GA, died Thursday, February 6, 2014 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro.  He was 81 years old.  Born in Augusta, Georgia on June 29, 1932, Harold was the son of the late Heyward Rivers, Sr. and Theresa Adele Hensley Rivers.  Prior to  graduating from The Academy of Richmond County in 1950, Harold enlisted in the Navy Reserves from 1949-1952 until he went into active duty in the United States Air Force and served his country for four years from 1952-1956. After being honorably discharged from military service, Harold attended Augusta College. During this time, Harold saw an open field where he envisioned a golf course.  With Harold's entrepreneurial and salesmenship spirit, Green Meadows Golf Course in Augusta was created. Leaving Augusta in 1960, Harold and his family moved to Akron, Ohio where he was employed by Alcon Manufacturing Co. Harold owned and operated his own business, Herco Inc., from 1968 until his retirement in 1995 in Newcomerstown, Ohio.  HERCO, Inc. is a company that makes tools for the woodworking industry.

Meeting the former Noreen Elizabeth Zickel while volunteering with Hospice of Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Harold and Noreen married on February 15, 1997.  Harold had many talents such as woodworking, leather work, magic, painting, calligraphy, and stained glass. He also loved fishing, golfing, playing cards, gun collecting and was a marksman shooter and a pilot. He loved to travel to such places as Jerusalem, Egypt, and Africa.  Harold was on missionary teams in Alaska, North Carolina, and Zambia, Africa.  While living in Greensboro he attended Walker United Methodist Church, Lake Oconee Lutheran Church and Lake Point Church in Eatonton.

In addition to his wife, Noreen Rivers of Greensboro, GA, he leaves his beloved family, three daughters, Vicki Lynn Seich (Tom) of El Dorado Hills, CA, Teresa Diane Buzille (Charlie) of Charleston, SC, and Cindy Louise Basner (Seve) of Augusta, GA; a son, Randy Edward Rivers of Sacramento, CA; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Nell Gannaway and Nancy Warren (Jack); and a number of other relatives and many friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Heyward Rivers, Jr. and Martha Louise Jarrell.

Memorial Services will be held on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Walker United Methodist Church, 2730 Walker Church Road with Rev. John Pike, Rev. Scott Moore and Rev. Herman Laguins officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday after the service in the church fellowship hall.  Memorials may be made to Global Samaritans, 6561 Union Point Highway, Union Point, GA 30669 or  Hill Chapel Baptist Church, Railroad Street, Greensboro, GA 30642.   McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA  (706) 453-2626 is in charge of arrangements.  Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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   Posted Fri February 07, 2014
Miss Noreen,
I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Harold. My late husband Danny
use to enjoy talking to him at Holcombs Bar-B-Que. He was a very nice man.
Please know that I am praying for our Lord Jesus to comfort you and your family during this sad time.
In deepest sympathy,
Ms. carlene Noggle

Geraldine Yount
   Posted Sat February 08, 2014
Dear Noreen and cousins: I will always remember Uncle Harold as a smiling, laughing, kind Christian man, from the catfish stews cooked in his parent's back yard to the many years we did trick water skiing with my Dad driving the boat. My heart goes out to all of you at this time and I pray that Jesus comforts you, as I know he welcomed Uncle Harold into Heaven.


"Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you, for I go to prepare a place for you." John 14: 1 and 2

Tina Howell
   Posted Sat February 08, 2014
Dearest Noreen,
I was very saddened with the news of your husband. You are in my thoughts and prayers, and have my sincere heart felt sympathy during your time of loss.
May his memories be your comfort, now and forever. Your loss is irreplaceable. I hope you can find some comfort in these words and the sorrow in your heart will fade away by the love that surrounds you. You are a special lady who I've come to love and appreciate. Your gift of giving, loving unconditionally and living life to the fullest is unending, I will be here for you if you need me.

Tina Howell

I also extend my condolences and understanding thoughts in this time of sadness to your family. God be with you.

Jane Cobb
   Posted Sat February 08, 2014
Dear Noreen, My love and deepest sympathy. Sorry I have been out of touch with you lately. I will not be able to attend the service on Monday but my love will surround you. Love, Jane Cobb

Debbie McPherson Mathews
   Posted Sun February 09, 2014
Dear Diane & Vicki,

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. May the love that you all share for each other get you thru these next few days. I will say a prayer for you & the rest of your family.

Debbie McPherson Mathews

Barb and Denny Traver
   Posted Mon February 10, 2014
Noreen, we were so sorry to hear about Harrold. We remember the great visit we had with both of you when we visited with you there in your new home. I have thought of you and Harrold often, remembering what a time we all had working together. God Bless. You and family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Barb and Denny

Ann and Karl Pump
   Posted Tue February 11, 2014
Dear Noreen,
I am so sorry. We love you and are thinking of you. Ann

Louie & Gloria Miller
   Posted Tue February 11, 2014
So sorry to hear about Harold's death. We remember him and your entire family with much love and laughter. The time we vacationed with y'all in Georgia is one of our best memories as a family. Clark Hill and all of the other Georgia spots were great! Blessings to everyone.

Kim Kroh Executive Director American Red Cross
   Posted Wed February 26, 2014
The American Red Cross of Carroll, Harrison & Tuscarawas Counties send our deepest sympathy in the loss of a True Hero we wish to say "Thank You" for his Past Service to Our Country

Sheila & John Connelly
   Posted Sun March 02, 2014
Dearest Noreen,

We were saddened to hear of your husbands passing. I hope you received our card. Can't wait to give you a big hug and see your smile.

With sympathy,
Sheila & John

Jeff Mathias
   Posted Fri March 07, 2014
Dear Rivers Family,
Harold was always a fun-loving guy. I enjoyed the time I knew him from 1984 - 1995 when he retired. We used to play a lot of golf at Union Country Club, and went to Zanesville Country Club with the guys to play. Harold was always good for a great joke, and was a terrific card player! He will be deeply missed. He brought a lot of joy to those who knew him in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.
With Condolences,
A Friend Always,
Jeff Mathias