Southern Memorial Funeral Home sadly announces the passing of Mr. Jesse Rivers of Georgetown Georgia. Service’s are entrusted to. Southern Memorial. The Ones Who Truly Care! When Only The Best Will Do. We ask that you please keep the Rivers family in your prayers as they travel through this difficult journey.Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo I
am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:20
Remembering the life and legacy of Chief Jesse L. Rivers…… He
passed over into Glory and now Heaven has gained an angel. Mr. Jesse L. Rivers
45, of Albany GA, passed away Monday March 26, 2018 at Barbour County
Medical Center in Eufaula, AL.
Jesse was born January 10, 1973 to the late Mrs. Barbara Rivers Lynn
and Jessie Erkins Jr. Jesse was a lifelong resident of Georgetown, GA and the
Southwest GA area. At an early age, Jesse accepted Christ and joined Mt. Zion
Baptist Church of Fort Gaines, GA where he re-dedicated his life to Christ in
2016. He received his early education at Quitman County School and graduated
from Stewart- Quitman High School in Lumpkin, GA.
Jesse went on to start his career in law enforcement. He attended the
Alabama Police Academy in 1995 in Selma, AL. His first line of duty began in
Clio, AL. He later attended the Georgia Police Academy where he continued
policing in Georgetown, GA and later became a Chief Deputy Sheriff for
Quitman County. During his tenure in Quitman County, he served as a
Community Service Officer, Detention Officer, and Probation Officer.
Jesse was also employed with Fort Gaines Police Department, Richland
Police Department, and Terrell County Sheriff Department. He later moved to
Baker County where he started policing at the Sheriff Department. In 2010 Jesse
became Chief of Police for Newton Police Department in Newton, GA until he
became ill. Jesse served every community faithfully, honorably, and proudly.
Jesse leaves to cherish his loving memories a devoted son, Marcus
Rivers of Dothan, AL; grandchild, Londyn Rivers; a loving father, Jessie
(Janice) Erkins Jr., of Eufaula, AL; two loving and devoted sisters, Karan
(Keith) Sheppard of Georgetown, GA, and Freita (Chris) Young of Birmingham,
AL; two loving brothers, MGy Sgt Mark (Sheila) Rivers of Iwakuni, Japan and
SFC Patrick Erkins of New Orleans, LA; a loving grandmother, Mrs. Susie
Rivers; step-father, Leo Salley; ten nieces; two great nieces; two nephews; one
great nephew; eight aunts; three uncles; a step-son and daughter; a very special
friend, Sondra Walker; three special friends to whom he thought of like brothers,
Willie Fred Ceaser, Donnie Granger, and Randy Davis; and a very special
cousin, Lovie Anthony Jr; and a host of other cousins and friends.