BLACK MOUNTAIN The Rev. John Rivers, 87, passed away peacefully at his home, Morningstar, in Black Mountain, the morning of Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. He was born in Charleston, S.C., Aug. 19, 1931, to Dorothy Reid Rivers and Elias Lynch Rivers. His wife, Jean Rivers, of 56 years preceded him in death; along with his brother, Elias Rivers; He is survived by sister, Mary Rivers Powe. He was the loving father to one daughter and four sons, Sallie, John Jr. "Jay" (Ann), Andrew (Joy), Joseph, and Benjamin (Sherri); and was blessed with 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. John attended Clemson for two years prior to completing Bachelor degrees in English and History at the College of Charleston. He received his Master's of Divinity at Episcopal Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Mass. For his transition to the Ministry to the Deaf, he completed postgraduate work at the University of Tennessee and Gallaudet University. John ministered to the Low Country of South Carolina, Clinton, S.C., Lexington, Ky., Cullowhee and WNC. John delivered exceptional pastoral care in every community he lived in, and was known for his compassion, loving and understanding nature. His life was filled with the joy from his family, hiking in the WNC Mountains, collecting buttons with his wife, and enjoying VW campers, apples, Civil War history, and log cabins. The family will receive friends today, Sunday, Aug. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Harwood Home for Funerals. A memorial service will follow at 4 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Care Adult Day Services, 68 Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville, NC 28803. Harwood Home for Funerals is assisting the family. www.harwoodhomeforfunerals.com.