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Rivers, Ernest Leroy

Posted: 14 Aug 2007 10:40AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Rivers, Farrington
Ernest Leroy "Lee" Rivers, loving husband, father and grandfather, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday August 8, 2007 in Austin,TX. He died peacefully at the age of 87 at his home in Lakeway with his loving wife at his side. His incredible faith was apparent to all those who knew him. Ernie Rivers was born in West Bay, Grand Cayman to Mabel and William Rivers on October 23, 1919. He attended public schools on the island before immigrating to the United States in 1939. He then served in the United States Army in the European theater for four years. Upon his return, he entered the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1950. He became a lifelong Longhorn football fan and loved keeping up with the team. After graduation, he went to work at Blaw Knox in Pittsburgh, PA. On March 20, 1952, on the island of Grand Cayman, he married the love of his life, Marilyn Farrington. He then went to work for Gulf Oil Corporation in Port Arthur, Texas, where he stayed for twenty three years and was often called out of the country to work on various projects. While in Port Arthur, Ernie and Marilyn had two daughters, Kathy and Karen. They attended First Presbyterian Church where Ernie served as a deacon and was also involved with various organizations. In 1975, he was transferred to Gulf's headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Ernie held the position of Supervisor for the Planning and Economics Division of Gulf Oil Corporation. He spent four years there before transferring to Houston where he worked an additional four years before retiring. Upon retirement, he and Marilyn made plans to make their home in Austin and in 1984 they moved to Lakeway. They spent many happy hours there playing golf and enjoying the hill country and were also able to attend numerous Longhorn football games. They also became involved with Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church where they made many dear friends. However, the most joyful times of Ernie's life were the times he spent with his precious grandchildren. Never has there been a more loving "Papa" or "Dadee." He really believed he had the most amazing grandchildren in the world. He loved going back home to the island when he could bring the whole family with him and spend time on the beach together. We all treasure the times when he would share stories from his childhood growing up on the island. Although holidays spent together were truly special, it was the long talks with his grandchildren that he cherished the most; he always hoped to instill his love of learning. Mr. Rivers will be dearly missed by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn Rivers; daughter, Kathy Scott and husband Greg Scott of San Antonio; daughter, Karen Lye and husband Tom Lye of Austin; grandchildren, Stephen Scott, Meagan Scott and Matthew Scott of San Antonio, Travis Lye of Houston, Whitney Lye, Kolton Lye and Rogan Lye of Austin. There will be a celebration of Ernie's life at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church on Monday, August 13, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a contribution to the American Diabetes or the charity of your choice.

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