Richard "Dickie" Dane Bivens , 61, of New Orleans, Louisiana, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at Saint Theresa's under Hospice care in Kenner, Louisiana.
Richard was born February 6, 1951, Rock Hill, South Carolina to the late John Marshall, Sr. and Sue Etta Dabbs Bivens. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Vietnam War. Richard was an avid music lover. He enjoyed listening to albums and attending concerts of his favorite rock and roll artists. Richard shared his love of music with his nieces and nephews and numerous friends. Richard was also a devoted lover of dogs.
He is survived by one brother, John Marshall Bivens of Hendersonville, NC and four sisters, Mrs. Hugh Carpenter (Jean) of Cherryville, NC, Mrs. Thomas Williams (Velda) of Charlotte, NC, Mrs. Charles Smith (Pat) of Lenoir, NC and Mrs. Harold Lail (Ruby) of Granite Falls, NC. Richard also leaves behind 18 nieces and nephews, 17 great-nieces and great-nephews and 2 great- great- nieces. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, George Ray Bivens and Thomas Herman Bivens , by his sisters, Shirley Bivens Hayes and Betty Jo Bivens Maxfield and close friend Phillip Esteve.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Richard's New Orleans family of friends. Richard was very proud of the many friendships that he acquired while working at The Apple Barrel. The family would like to say a special thank you to Barbara Robichaux, Susan Gibeault, Kevin Coakley, and Roy Kokich for your support and comfort over the years.
The family requests that memorials be made to a Hospice facility of your choice. THARP-SONTHEIMIER FUNERAL HOME of Metairie is handling arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at www.tharpsontheimer.com. Information, please call (504) 835-2341