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Thomas Joseph Bivins

funeral director and embalmer with Mahaffey-Wilson Funeral Service & Cremations, Lancaster, South Carolina, died November 13, 2011, at age 54. Bivins attended Jackson State Community College and Union University & Seminary in Jackson, Tennessee. He received his mortuary degree from Mid-America College of Funeral Service and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. In addition to being a licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was an ordained Southern Baptist minister and a certified chaplain, serving as pastor for several churches in west Tennessee. He is survived by wife Dola and daughter Myra.