In Memory of



Obituary for Linda Rivers

Linda Susan Rivers (Barnes), age 69, was born on August 8, 1953 to Jack and Elsie Barnes of Pace. God sent an Angel to carry her home on September 14, 2022 surrounded by her family who adored her. She was a devoted mother, life partner, and lover of the Lord.

In her earlier days, she went to Woodstock for a short time and lived the Hippy life. She later married and had two beautiful children who were the loves of her life. She enjoyed camping, fishing, going to the river, sitting around a bon fire, listening to Bob Seger, fair rides, motorcycle riding, and volunteering at the Lions Club. Later in life, she enjoyed praising the Lord, going to the beach, visiting the mountains, boat rides, watching westerns and The Golden Girls, eating an All Star breakfast at Waffle House, going to thrift shopping, spending time with family and friends, drinking the occasional Jamaican Me Happy, and spending time with fur baby Sam.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Elsie Barnes; brother, James Wilson; and brother, Johnny Barnes.

Linda is survived by her life partner and best friend, Steve Wilson; daughter, Misty (Kenneth) Smith; her son, Guy (Minerva) Huie who she loved more than life itself; her brother, Allen (Pat) Wilson; sister-in-law, Barbara Wilson and partner Buddy, one grandson, Bo (Hope); three granddaughters, Evelyn, Lauren (Brandon) and Jordan; seven great grandchildren; a host of family and friends who loved her dearly.

She will most be remembered by singing Happy Birthday to her kids and grandkids on their birthdays, her infectious smile that lit up every room she entered, and by her hugs she gave to everyone she knew. Her favorite saying was “I’ll take a hug.”

Services will be held at Trahan Family Funeral Home, 60 Industrial Blvd., Pensacola on September 18, 2022 officiated by Brother Jim Liberacki.

“A free spirit is not bound by this, that, matter, materialism, or opinion. They sing, dance, and flow with the wind-for they are one with it. They are nothing and everything-void and expanse. Even space and time does not confine or define them. For they are pure energy itself.” —Unknown

“I carry your heart with me
I carry it in my heart”— E.E. Cummings