Obituaries » MARTHA RIVERS


September 28, 1927 - April 20, 2020

Burial Date: May 2, 2020

Visitation will be held Friday, May 1, 2020 at Jackson - Highley Funeral Home Chapel, West Helena Arkansas from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Graveside service will be held Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Oneida Community Cemetery, Oneida Arkansas at 11:00. Due to our Federal and State COVID-19 guidelines: during the Visitation - we will only allow individuals to view 10 at a time, at the Graveside  Service - we will abide by the social distance standard of 6ft apart.  Mrs. Rivers service may be viewed live through ZOOM. Here's the information to access the link: Topic: Graveside Ceremony for Ms. Martha Rivers Time: May 2, 2020 10:50 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 987 8831 4174 Password: 2BcBhW    

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Martha Rivers was the eldest child of 5 children, born September 28, 1927 to Mr. Toney Rivers and Mrs. Julia Randle-Rivers in Bolivar County, Mississippi. She developed a relationship with Christ at an early age and attended First Baptist Church in Oneida, Arkansas.

At the age of 7 Martha and her siblings lost their mother, so she cared for her four siblings and throughout her life she took a lot of pride in raising her brothers and sisters.

Martha joined David Whittington in holy matrimony on November 9th 1947, in Coahoma County, Mississippi and to this union six children were born, Everlean Whittington of West Memphis, AR; Julia Whittington of West Memphis, AR; Toney Whittington of Grand Rapids, MI; Matthew Whittington of Memphis, TN; Otha Whittington of Grand Rapids, MI; and Salome Whittington-Mosley of Grand Rapids, MI.

She preceded in death her parents Toney and Julia Rivers, her sister Bernice Gill, her sister Gladys Rivers and her brother Ike Rivers.

She leaves to cherish her memories: her brother Toney Rivers, Jr. of West Memphis, AR; her 6 children, 24 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren, 11 great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and family friends.