Rivis Emerson Byrd, Sr. was born on October 9, 1959, in Houston, Texas to Donald Ray “Pop” Byrd, Sr., and Ruth Gee Byrd. Rivis was the youngest of his siblings; Kathy, Donald “Deuce” II, and Kleodis. Rivis was the father of two children; a daughter, Dalois “Bookie”, and a son, Rivis, II. Rivis doted on, and spoiled rotten his three grandchildren, Grandsons; Alexander, and Braxton, and Grand Daughter; Adaline. He was an over generous, and devoted son, father, grandfather, brother, nephew, and uncle.
Rivis accepted Christ at a young age joining Riverbrook Missionary Baptist Church. Later in life, he was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church.
A product of the Houston Independent School District, Rivis attended Douglass, Reynolds, and Hobby Elementary Schools, Dowling Junior High School, and ultimately graduated from James Madison Senior High School in 1978. While at Madison, he enhanced his love for the game of basketball. Rivis went to Cook County Junior College, in Gainesville, Texas., on a basketball scholarship. Rivis received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Cook County Junior College. He furthered his education at University of Houston, where he pledged Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. In latter years, he attended Houston Community College, and Texas Southern University.
Rivis had a love for basketball, cooking, feeding, playing pranks, making everyone laugh, and the Hiram Clarke neighborhood. During his teenage, and young adult years, he was a lifeguard at the City of Houston’s Townwood Pool. If you knew Rivis, you know he never met a stranger, and loved to feed all who crossed his path. ‘Byrd’, as he was affectionately known, was always the life of the party. His heart was bigger than his large stature. Rivis always wore a hat to accompany his casual style.
On September 15, 2020, Rivis Emerson Byrd, Sr. went to his heavenly home to be with his parents. He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents; Matthew and Alberta Gee, and paternal grandparents; Douglass and Cleodis Byrd. He leaves to cherish his precious memories: Daughter; Dalois ‘Bookie’ Woodard, Son; Rivis Byrd, II, Sisters; Kathy Byrd (Billy), and Kleodis Byrd Roberts, Brother; Donald ‘Duece’ Byrd, II (Ruth), Grandchildren; Alexander, Adaline, and Braxton, Aunt; Mary Gee Lott, Uncles; Dr. Leonard Gee, Rivers Gee (Patricia), Andrew Gee, and Noel Byrd, a host of nieces, and nephews, the Mothers of his children; Desmond Woodard, and Erma Green, cousins, other relatives, God Sisters; Candace Thierry-Sherman, Deidra ‘Redd’ Ingram, and Sheneka Nicole ‘Coley Cole’ Shaw, and a number of countless friends. Rivis is gone, but never forgotten. He will be sorely missed, and forever in our hearts.
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