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Florence Maddle

June 20, 1967 — September 2, 2019

Age 52 of Nashville transitioned from this earthly life to eternal life on Monday, September 2, 2019. Florence Louise Rivers was born the 3rd child to the union of Christine B. and the late John E. Rivers. She began her journey in life on June 20, 1967. Her transition to her eternal home came September 2, 2019. “Pinky”, as she was affectionately called, was the one individual that would be deemed the “family cut up” as she would always have you laughing. She was often told that she missed her calling as an actress as she would make anything funny and the darkest situation become filled with light.

She professed a hope in Christ in her youth and was united with the Galilee M.B. Church under the pastorate of her late grandfather Pas. L. A. Britt. In her adult years she would be united with New Faith M. B. Church under the leadership of Pas. Robert Beard where she took pride in being a member. She served as a choir member and would volunteer as needed in the ministry and was adamant about how she loved Pastor and First Lady Victoria Beard. She definitely took a keen interest in knowing more about the word and made that known to anyone who would entertain her conversation about it.

Florence was the wife to the late Bobby R. Maddle whom she loved dearly. Family was and will always be #1 in her book. This was made apparent in that she would have any number of her grandchildren with her at any given time and found at just about every family function. She was proceeded in death by son, Michael D. Rivers, sisters Gayla D. Rivers and Stephanie Riley, cousins, Antonio Lee and LaShawn Clay, and god-son Rufus Scott.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Steven (Dquwana) Rivers; mother, Christine B. Rivers; sister, Christina A. Britt; brothers, Levi (Zandre) Thomas, Lewis (Shemeka) Thomas, Thomas Jones, and Terrance Whatley; stepfather, Johnny James; grandchildren, LaMonteze, ZyShawn, Steven, Jr. Zaneiya, ZaMychal, Nathan, TyDarius, Michael, Jr., ZaMari, Jeremiah, and Tamia; great aunt, Bessie Britt; nephews, Antoine Barbee, Lewis Thomas, Jr., Devon Starling, Ke’Vontae Thomas, Marcus, Chance and Dillon Whatley; nieces, Antoinette Westmoreland, Ke’lexia, Destiny, Dae’Johnna, Gayla, and Kei’Arah Thomas, Chaka Russell; great nieces, Kyleigh and Kynlee Thomas; great nephews, Kisaiah and Lewis Thomas, III, and Leonard Westmoreland; devoted cousins, Antonia Britt-Jones, Lydia Britt, Adrian Britt, Thomas “Jake” Britt, Ricky Britt, Lenita Britt, Florence Renee Clay, LaShaunda Lee, DeWanda Lee, Rochelle Fletcher and Ebony Braden; devoted friends, Donald Frazier, Alicia Pride, Deborah Dyer, Shema Reed, and Angeline Mimms; God-children, Tenesea Lewis, LaTangela Bright, Marquis Allen, Ronald Lowe, Darryl and Domnique Richardson, Chester Moreland, Devulier Rucker, Antonio Lewis and a host of other family and friends including the Steeles, Gardners, Rameys, Lees, Clays, Simpsons, Stantons, Jones, Drivers, Jacksons, Beards, Kowanta Jones, Fat Rabbit, White Boy Bubba; her god-grandchildren, The Herman Street Gang, The Buckleys, Raynard Newsome, Adrian Dean, Samantha Fields, Toya Dyer, Tasha Burns, Tikeithia Williams, Alyssa Polk and her Dodge City Family.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Public Viewing

Sunday, September 8, 2019

3:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Lewis & Wright Funeral Directors

2500 Clarksville Pike, Nashville, TN 37208

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Family Visitation

Monday, September 9, 2019

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Galilee Missionary Baptist Church

2021 Herman Street, Nashville, TN 37208

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Celabration of Life

Monday, September 9, 2019

12:00 - 1:30 pm (Central time)

Galilee Missionary Baptist Church

2021 Herman Street, Nashville, TN 37208

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The Service of Committal and Interment

Monday, September 9, 2019

Starts at 2:30 pm (Central time)

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