Katherine Bailey Bivens was born April 7, 1919 in Boston, Georgia. She was the daughter of Henry and Christine Bailey. Mrs. Bivens joined St. Phillips A.M.E. Church at an early age and attended public school in Valdosta, Georgia. Mrs. Bivens was united in holy matrimony to Burchette Bivens Sr. March 6, 1938 and later moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1940. She attended Gibbs Vocational School and received a certificate as a licensed cosmetologist. From the union of Burchette and Katherine Bivens Sr. five children were born.
She united with Greater Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church under the leadership of Reverend J. J. Heath in 1946 and later she became a member of the Stewardess Board #1. An active member of the Melrose Federation Club and the Sixteen Social Club. She retired from the State of Florida as a cook at the Britt House in 1987. After retirement she lived in St. Petersburg until 1999 and moved to Georgia where she lived with her daughters Mary Bivens Thompson and Irene Bivens McCall. There she became an active member of the Hazel Carter Senior Citizens and enjoyed participating in Senior Citizens events.
Mrs. Bivens was a resident of Louisville, Georgia where she resided with her daughter Dr. Mary and son-in-law Dr. Dennis Thompson and died at the Gibson Rehabilitation Center October 10, 2008 at 3:15pm. She leaves to mourn in her passing four children Dr. Mary Bivens Thompson (Dr. Dennis, Louisville, GA), Minister Irene Bivens McCall (Hinesville, GA) Deborah Bivens Evans, and Michael Lewis Bivens (St. Petersburg). Her oldest son Burchette Bivens Jr. preceded her in death (Mildred Bivens Atlanta, GA). Grand children Burchette Bivens III, Betram Bivens, Theresa Bivens (Atlanta, GA), Kizmet Lamb, Erica Spearman, Gregory Bivens, Dwayne Cline (St. Petersburg), Michael Bivens Jr. (Melbourne), Coy McCall; Shawn Bivens (Tamika), L. Jabbar McCall (Jasmine Atlanta, GA), Avery Bivens and Marcus Bivens (St. Petersburg) and nineteen great grand children and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Family maybe contacted at the residence of her son-in-law and daughter, Drs. Dennis and Mary B. Thompson, 1120 Jefferson Blvd, Louisville or at Davis Funeral Home.
Davis Funeral Home, 725 Beech St, Louisville, GA is in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Mary B. Thompson
The viewing will be held Thursday October 16, 2008 from 3-8 pm at McRae Funeral Home, 1940 MLK St. S., St. Petersburg, FL. Family will be accepting guest from 6-8pm.
Services will be held at 1:00pm Greater Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church 1045 16th Street South, St. Petersburg, Florida and interment at Lincoln Cemetery.
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