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Raleigh News and Observer

John E. Viverette Sr.

John Edward Viverette, Sr, 87, went to his new home in heaven Friday, July 31, 2009. He was born March 12, 1922, son of the late Noah and Josephine Viverette. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Louise G. Viverette, sons, John E. Viverette Jr. and David Michael Viverette, and twelve brothers and sisters. John was a retired train conductor that led an active life after retirement. He was a member of the Rocky Mount Singles Club and the 50+ Club. He was a member of the Wilson Shrine Club, The Masonic Lodge, and American Legion Post 58. He leaves to cherish his memory, three daughters, Ann (Troy) Shearin of Conway SC, Donna V. Gowen and Paula Viverette of the home; two sons, Scott Viverette of Sharpsburg, Brian (Tammy) Viverette of Rocky Mount; granddaughter, Aimee Viverette of Sharpsburg; grandsons, Anthony, Andrew, and Jason (Carrie) Shearin, David and Joshua Viverette, Christopher (Elizabeth) Viverette, Steven Viverette; step-grandson, Michael Whitman. John is also survived by great-grandchildren, Dalton Viverette, Carson Viverette, Ivy Lynn Shearin, Troy and Zoe Shearin plus a host of nieces and nephews. John will be remembered by his many friends including special friends, Betty Bullock, Lib Taylor, and Otis Ferebee. He will be especially missed by his beloved cats, Earl, Fred, and Shauna. Visitation with friends and relatives will be 7:00-8:30 pm Sunday, August 2, 2009 at Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home. A funeral service to honor and remember John will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, August 3, 2009 at the Funeral Home with Rev. Noah Joyner officiating. Burial will follow the service at Rocky Mount Memorial Park. Flowers will be accepted and memorials may be made to Friends of Hospice of Nash General, 2460 Curtis Ellis Drive, Rocky Mount NC, 27804, or The Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St, Oxford NC, 27565, or Shriners Childrens Hospital Fund, P.O. Drawer 490, New Bern NC, 28563. Arrangements by Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC. On-line condolences may be sent to the Viverette family by visiting

Rocky Mount Evening Telegram

Viverette, Kevin Kevin Viverette Kevin Viverette, 77, formerly of Emerald Isle, NC, passed away Monday, June 30, 2008. He was born on March 3, 1931 in Nash County to Christopher and Grace Taylor Viverette. Mr. Viverette served his county in the US Air Force. He worked with COECO and retired after many years of service. Mr. Viverette was a member of Englewood United Methodist Church, a member of the Rocky Mount Luncheon Lions Club and a previous member of the Elks Lodge. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Juanita Collins Viverette; son, Wade S. Viverette and his wife, Leigh Ann of Wendell; sister, Annie Gray Evans of Tarboro. Flowers are welcomed or memorial donations may be made to: Hospice of Wake County, 1300 St. Mary's Street, Suite 400, Raleigh, NC 27605. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at Englewood United Methodist Church with Rev. John Wenburg officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery in Enfield. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home. Arrangements by Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 North Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. On-line condolences may be sent to the Viverette family by visiting Published in the Rocky Mount Telegram on 7/1/2008

From Helen Sharpe who obtained this from the Rocky Mount Telegram

- Mr. John Edward Viverette Jr., 61 died on Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. He was born in Nash County on Sept. 12, 1946. He was the oldest son of John E. Viverette Sr., and the late Louise Gay Viverette. He was a US Veteran serving in the Air Force. John worked for many years as a mechanic with the CSX Railroad. He was a very avid lover of sports. He is survived by his son, Christopher John Viverette of Rocky Mount; three brothers, Mike Viverette of Vinton, Va., Scott Viverette of Sharpsburg, and Brian Viverette of Rocky Mount; three sisters, Ann Sherin of Conway, S. C., Donna Gowen of Rocky Mount, and Paula Viverette also of Rocky Mount. His caretaker and former wife Peggy H. Viverette of Aberdeen. The family wishes to thank Peggy for all she did for John. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to : Teen Challenge, PO Box 1701, Southern Pines, NC 28388. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Webb officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Condolences to the Viverette family may be sent to:

From the Rocky Mount Telegram

Rebecca Jeffries "Becky" Viverette Rebecca 'Becky' Jeffries Viverette Rebecca "Becky" Jeffries Viverette, 68, passed away, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007. She was born March 30, 1939. She was the daughter of the late Jasper and Beulah Jeffries. She enjoyed her family and playing bingo. Becky was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Daylon Jeffries. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Jimmy Viverette of the home, two sons, David Viverette and wife Stephanie, Kenneth Viverette and wife Cindy, all of Nashville; two grandchildren, Carrie Viverette and Tracey Goldbach of Nashville; one sister, Geraline Richardson of Spring Hope, three brothers, Durwood Jefferies of Tarboro, Tommy Jeffries of Spring Hope and Jimmy Jeffries of Henderson; several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be this evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Funeral Home and other times at the home. Funeral Service will be Friday at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Cornerstone Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Bateman officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery of Nashville. The family extends special thanks to Hospice, Robert and Cynthia Viverette for their help and care during Rebecca's illness. Arrangements are entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home and Cremations, 1052 South First Street, Nashville, NC 27856.

From Missie Collier (sister of Macager)

Macager Louis Vivrett, Jr, age 86, died 7 August, 2005 in Beaumont,Texas. Funeral to be at Trinity Methodist Church, Beaumont , Wednesday 10 August at 10am... Visitation is Tuesday, 9 August 6-8pm at Broussard's Funeral home 1605 N, Major Drive. Click here for complete obituary.

CECIL E. VIVERETTE, 90, of Lenoir, died Tuesday, April 26, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. He was born February 15, 1915 in Rocky Mount, NC to the late Lena Davis Viverette and George Washington Viverette. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Emite, Hubert, Marvin, J.D.; and a sister, Frances. Survivors include: his wife, Kate Cherry Viverette of the home; a son, Cecil E. Viverette, Jr. and his wife, Frances of Hilton Head Island, SC; a daughter, Edith Viverette Hipp and her husband, Jim of Concord; grandchildren, Frances Amanda Willis of Richmond, VA, Cecil E. Viverette, III of Charlotte, James Aaron Hipp of Lake Forest California, and Kathleen Ann Hipp of Raleigh; three great-grandsons. Mr. Viverette moved to Lenoir in 1948 to become General Manager of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation. He held this position until his retirement in 1980. He began his career in 1937 with Carolina Power and Light Company upon receiving a degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State. During his tenure with Blue Ridge, he helped found Cooperativa Rural de Electrification (CRE) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. CRE brought the first reliable electric service to the Santa Cruz area. He was also one of the founders of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation and served as Chairman of the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation. He spent much of his career serving electric cooperatives nationwide. Mr. Viverette was a member of Lower Creek Baptist Church were he held numerous leadership positions. He was also a member of the Master Workmans Sunday School Class at the time of his death. He was a community leader having served on the Lenoir City Council for two terms, President of the Lenoir-Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, member of the Caldwell County Planning Board, President of the Northwest Development Association, President of the Lenoir Kiwanis Club and was one of the founders and served as President of the Caldwell Fair Association. He as also Chairman of the Billy Graham Foothills Crusade For Christ in 1970. Burial: Lower Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Lenoir Caldwell County North Carolina, USA
From Norwood Pirkey of Rocky Mount, NC

"Lynda Adams Viverette, 95, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005. She was born Sept. 30, 1909 in Nash County, daughter of the late Lugene and Nora Adams , and was the widow of Jacob Paul Viverette. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Faye Viverette Pirkey, and a son Percy Lee Viverette. Surviving are daughters Hazel Viverette Pittman of Raleigh and Audrey Viverette Cockrell of Rocky Mount; sons Lynwood Alton Viverette of Panama City Fl. Paul Viverette and Alvin Viverette both of Rocky Mount; four grandchildren , sister Carrie Narron of Rocky Mount. Grave side services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday January 25, 2005 at Mill Branch Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Gleason officiating. Condolences may be sent to Arrangements by Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home,1130 North Winstead Ave., Rocky Mount." Copied from the Evening Telegram Publishing Co.

(Here's an e-mail from my sister regarding Sid Viverette, our cousin in Richmond, Virginia. He was a veteran of World War II. Keep him and his family in your prayers.)


Just a quick message that you may want to use to put out the word that our cousin, Sidney Viverette, is in the VA Hospital in Richmond, VA in the Hospice Unit. Dorothy and I went to see him today and he was having a good day. We enjoyed remembering old times and discussing all the family. I know he'd appreciate a call or card from some of his family.

Maybe a reminder that the Viverette Reunion is the first Sunday in October and invitations will be coming out soon.

Take care and will talk to you more later.

Love, Ruth

Hospital Address:
Hunter Holmes McGuire Medical Center
Attention: Roy Sidney Viverette
Hospice Unit 1201 Broad Rock Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23249
His room number: 804-675-6118
Hospice Unit number: 804-675-5385
His home address (wife: Edith Viverette)
P.O. Box 624
Ruther Glen, VA 22546
Home number: 804-994-0100

Attached is a photo of Bobby Dale Viverette that was run in the Meridian (MS) Star on 3Sep 2004.

Meridian Star Headlines
• or Meridian Star
• Matthew Viverette of Union holds onto his father, Sgt. Bobby Dale Viverette, before he leaves Thursday with the 150th Combat Engineer Battalion of the Mississippi Army National Guard. Sgt. Viverette’s daughter, Courtney, background, wipes a tear from her eye. Guardsmen left for training at Camp Shelby and are expected to head overseas for one year to 18 months.

Contributed by Tom Brannin

From: Internet search Vivrette, Margaret Katherine McCabe

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Margaret Katherine McCabe Vivrette, 86, died April 14, 2004. She was preceded in death by her husband, George L. Vivrette; granddaughter, Michelle Campbell Vinson; great-grandson, David Curtis Vivrette; and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip McCabe. Survivors include her daughters, Nancy Campbell (Joe) of Nashville, JoAnne Wilson (Jim) of Akron, N.Y.; sons, David Vivrette of Evansville, Ind., William Vivrette (Carla) of Greenbriar; grandchildren, Michael Campbell (Nolan), Sherry Jefferies, Patrick Campbell (Micca), Matthew Campbell (AnneMarie), Ryan Wilson, Colt Wilson, Lyle Vivrette, Laurel Vivrette, James Vivrette (Kris), Trevor Vivrette (Michelle), Danielle Thompson (David); and 12 great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday with Father Bernard Niedergeses officiating. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Entombment will be in Spring Hill Mausoleum. Phillips Robinson Co

Adam Viverette
Greenville, NC
Playing baseball for the Pirates!!!!

Click on the link below to check out Carter Harrell, one of ECU's biggest pitching prospects this year! The season just started and he has already won 2 games for the Pirates! He's also got Viverette in his blood! Carter is son to Dena Viverette Harrell & Cecil Harrell. He is also the nephew of the late Johnny Viverette that passed away a few years ago.

Carter Harrell

[Editor’s note: ECU is East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.]

OBIT-Rocky Mount Telegram 2/2/2004 EVELYN VIVERETTE

Mrs. Mary Evelyn Byrd Viverette of 106 S. Church St., Enfield, passed away Saturday, January 31, 2004 at the home of her daughter. Born June 18, 1923, in Halifax County, she was the daughter of the late Rufus Pellum Byrd and Margaret Ellen Thatcher Byrd. Evelyn was a member of Enfield Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph King Viverette; and her son Ralph King Viverette, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Evelyn Byrd V. Turner and her husband, Leroy of High Point;Three children, John Turner and wife, Angie of Raleigh, Bill Turner of Highpoint, and Mary Beth Turner of Greenville.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at 2 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery, Enfield with the Rev. Winfred Porter officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowling funeral Home & Cremations of Enfield, 115 S. Dennis Street, Enfield NC 27823.

January 8, 2003

From Kathleen (Vivrett) and Thomas Wann

Our daughter Laura will be getting married on July 2, 2004, at the Saint Louis University campus "college" church, St. Francis Xavier. She and fiance Nick have a web site with pics (and more to come) and with info about their wedding hosted at

Laura's great grandparents were Elmer Joseph and Maggie (Pierce) Vivrett.

January 7, 2004

My name is Kristin Saito and I live in California. I am trying to locate a friend, Shaylene Cousins. We lost touch a number of years ago. I found your name on a genealogical website as being a relative. Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

[Note: Shaylene is the daughter of the late Robert Thorton Viverette and Donna Grooms Viverette of Maryland.]

From Mark Rogers of Tarboro, NC. (Mark's family is descended from James Viverette's line through James, Jr.

Captain William Rogers

Captain William Rogers, USMC retired, of Ashland, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2003. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Eloise Bourne-Rogers; two sons, Dr. William M. II and Richard R. Rogers; three stepsons, Hunter C. III, Douglas N. and Gregory L. Bourne; two sisters, Hazel D'Angelo and Jean Odom; two brothers, Earl and Jackson Rogers; also five grandchildren and five stepgrandchildren. Captain Rogers retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1960, he served on the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors in 1963. He was active in serving with the PTA, Boy Scouts and in the Methodist Church, and was appointed by Governors Godwin and Dalton to serve as trustee on the Virginia Outdoors Foundation from 1974 to 1982. In 1982, he donated 100 acres of land in the Cluster Springs area of Halifax County to the Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation where he served as a member of the Board of Trustees (Trustee Emeritus). Friends may call at Reid Funeral Home, 412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland on Friday, December 12, 2003 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and where services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, December 13, 2003. Graveside services with full military honors will be held Monday, December 29, 2003 at 11 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 4600 Cox. Rd., Suite 130, Glen Allen, Va. 23060.

The following message is from Sherri Sontag


I received this in the Wilson CO TN mail-list I thought you might be interested. I am Researching the Rice and Swindle Families of Wilson Co TN. Sherri Sontag

I've "rescued" a group of three letters and an invitation which I believe all belonged to the VIVRETT Family of Green Hill, Tennessee. The three letters are all from Maude VIVRETT to Mrs. India W. VIVRETT, her Mother. They all appear to be from the early 1880's when Maude was attending school at the Sard Seminary.

The invitation appears to be for an engagement party and is addressed to Miss CLOYD & Brother from W. WILLIAMSON and lists the couple as Miss Sallie I. WILLIAMSON & Dr. J.R. LESTER. A calling card for W.A. MOSS is also included in the envelope though it doesn't appear to be related to the invitation.

I am told that Maude VIVRETT was the daughter of Elisha VIVRETT and India CLOYD and that Elisha VIVRETT died in 1869 before these letters were written by his daughter. I'm hoping to locate someone from this family so that these wonderful pieces of family history can be returned to the care of family.

If you are a member of this family or know someone who might be, please contact me.


From Helen Sharpe of Rocky Mount, NC

Clara Louise Viverette Boyle - OBIT-Rocky Mount Telegram

Nashville - Clara V. Boyle, 84, died Saturday November 15, 2003. Clara was born March 18, 1919, in Nash County daughter of the late Noah and Josephine Burgess Viverette. She was a retired food packer with Hardee’s Food System of Rocky Mount. Ten brothers and sisters preceded her in death. Surviving are sister, Mary V. Duke and husband Hardy of Newport News, Va. and a brother, John Edward Viverette Sr. of Rocky Mount and numerous nieces and nephews. Special nephew Gene Joyner and fiancee Vicki Luper opf Nashville. The family would like to express a special thanks to the nursing staff of Autumn Care of Nashville. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. today, Tuesday, November 18, 2003, at Pineview Cemetery. The family received friends from 7-8:30p.m. Monday night at the funeral home.