Celebration For The Life
Auburn E. Bivens
ORDER OF SERVICE
Prelude Church Music
Obituary Kyla Bivens
Expressions (2minutes, please)
Slide Presentation Chelena Gadson
The Parting View/Recessional
Interment Riverside National Cemetery
AUBURN E. BIVENS was born on May 3, 1931 in Morgan County Alabama to Walter Bivens
and Annie Bessie Price. He was the first born of three children of his parents. On Tuesday
February 20, 2018 the LORD gladly opened his gates of HEAVEN and welcomed him home
with opened arms.
Auburn had many extended family members that were present in his life and were there to help
and uncles were a very strong, loving influence in his life. Church was a very important part of
his family members’ life. At a very young age he was guided by his family members to always
attend church and he began singing gospel at an early age at Friedstone Baptist Church.
At the age of 17, Auburn volunteered and entered the U.S. Navy in 1948 and was assigned as a
seaman apprentice. The Navy was a life turning measure in his life. After the Navy he began his
job journey as an apprentice construction worker in Chicago Illinois. Auburn was a hard worker
and always remembered his roots and stayed close with his GOD.
In the late 1950’s he left Illinois and moved to California and he continued with construction
work for two companies. During this time he met Katie, the woman that he adored and
cherished. They dated and fell in love instantly. they were married July 25, 1959 in Los
Angeles, CA. They had three children, Tonia, Kelvin and Marvin.
Auburn moved his family to Pomona and continued to work in construction for a few years until
he was hired a Mount SanAntonio College in the Maintenance Operations Department where he
quickly became a supervisor and retired in 1990 after 20 years. He was very active in the
community with coaching youth baseball teams,and giving guidance to young men. He was
active in church he was a deacon and a traveling gospel singer for several groups over the span
of his life. (Golden Voices, Psalms of David Harmonizers, and Mighty King of Harmony)
Auburn was a wonderful family man and he loved his wife dearly until and after her passing in
2014. He always enjoyed taking his family to church ,on vacations, to family reunions, and
spending time with relatives and friends throughout the years.
Affectionately known as (Bill or Pops) he touched many lives with his kindness and funny
stories. (Bill or Pops) will be missed by family and friends who loved him dearly.
He leaves behind Children- Tonia Bivens-Gadson , Kelvin Bivens, Marvin Bivens, stepsons
Donald Flie and wife Recita, Auburn Flie, ; Grandchildren- Corey Gadson, Chalise Gadson,
Chelena Gadson, Kyla Bivens, Keece Bivens,; Great Grand Children- Kaeloni Gilbert, Sirena
Gadson; Sisters - Emily Woodard and husband Corlis, LaVerne Rice, ;Brother - Willie Rice and
wife Wylene; Neices – Monique, Dana, Leticia, Robin, Nicole, Altrina; Nephews- Kelvin,
Tyrone, Julian, Octavius; A host of other great nieces and nephews and many loving family
members and friends.
Mom & Dad
What a Wonderful Life
We have had with you!
Grandpa and Grandma you were our rock and our strength. When
we look back over the times we shared all we can do is laugh and grin!
We will miss you dearly and we will always loveyou.
You’ve meant so much to us and our families and we are so
blessed and honored that GOD chose you to be our
grandparents and a part of our lives.
Love your grandchildren and great grandchildren.
who GOD gave usTfOorOoUuRr lLivOesV. IONuGr PhAeaRrEtsNaTreSsaddened because
both of you are gone. You were incredible parents, the greatest role
models we have ever had and you taught us so much. Daddy thank
you for instilling in us respect , work ethic, to praise GOD and
teaching us how to fish and fix things. Mama thank you for showing
and teaching us the importance of unity and the spirit of family and
putting GOD first in our lives. You both will forever be in our hearts
and where ever we go, and whatever we do you both will always be
with us in spirit and truth.
Remembering You Always