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James Rives

May 30, 1955 — January 18, 2017

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Mr. James Kenneth Rives, 61, of Bear Creek, N.C., died Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at his home, with his loving family at his side. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2017,  at Joyce-Brady Chapel in Bennett, N.C., with Rev. David Hicks and Pastor Jim Whittaker presiding.  The family will receive friends from 3:00-3:45 prior to the service.

Kenneth was born in Lee County, N.C. in 1955, son of the late Cobe Rives and Peggy Ann Campbell.

Kenneth had many joys in life such as gun collecting, fishing, working on Hot Rod cars, especially Chevy’s, and gardening. Sunday morning rides, “cutting the block” as he called it, was a weekly tradition. He was known for loving to pick and joke with people as well as being a hard worker. He worked as a grinder-room operator for Lee Brick and Tile in Sanford for many years. His family was his passion, as time spent with them was priceless, especially his twin granddaughters. Kenneth was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ann Clark Rives of the home, his mother, Peggy Rives of Greensboro, N.C., his daughter, Cheryl Renee and fiancé, Matthew Conklin of Carrboro, N.C., his sister, Carol Ann Ford of Greensboro, N.C., his brother, Gary Rives also of Greensboro, N.C., Twin granddaughters, Chloe and Penny Conklin and a host of family and friends. Flowers are accepted, yet contributions may be made to U.N.C. Hospice  287 East Street  #221   Pittsboro, N.C. 27312.

Condolences may be offered online at .

Joyce – Brady Chapel of Bennett, N.C. is honored to serve the Rives family.

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