Richard Dwayne Bivins, 52, of Cottageville, entered into rest Saturday, January 2, 2021.
Born December 1, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of Richard Watson Bivins and Carol Ann Gretsch. Richard served his country in the United States Army. He was a former Army combat medic and trained with many elite soldiers before leaving the service for an opportunity to become the first member of his family to attend college. He graduated in the mid 90's with a degree in History from Roosevelt University and specialized in US History as well as Military History.
Raised in Chicago, he lived in nearly every region of the US. He was a forever learner and teacher among other things but found his passion in writing Thriller type stories and had attempted spec screenplays in several genres, including RomComs.
His high school English teacher encouraged Richard to become an author because of his imagination and not because of his incredible grasp of English grammar. The best advice he was given was to "experience life, then write about it," and did just that after leaving the Army.
From his first jobs mowing, raking and shoveling snow; to pumping gas as a teen then a soldier and then again a student; to building casinos and brew pubs; to running CNC machines, and then running an architectural consulting firm, Richard experienced life as an American worker. He also experienced life as an avid traveler.
Most recently, he wrote from his home the Holy City, Charleston, South Carolina. His focus was on his fiction and tried to emulate his favorite authors; Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown, Lee Child and Clive Cussler. He also maintained and wrote for two blogs.
Surviving are: his father Richard Bivins of Cottageville; mother and step-father, Carol Ann and Gerald Gretsch of Cottageville; step-mother, Susan Bivins; sisters, Dawn Hart (Alvin), and Mary Taunton (Scott Holland); half-brother, Joseph Bivins: half-sisters, Melissa Bivins, Amanda Reyes; nieces and nephews, Chelsea Hart, Kristian Sears (DJ), Curtis Hart, Cody Taunton, Casey Hart (Katie), Kaley Taunton, Caleb Holland, Mason Bivins, Peyton Reyes, Oliver Reyes and Alexander Perez; and great nieces and nephews, Blake Sears, Zayne Sears, Thatcher Hart, ScottyAnn Sears, Theodore Hart, Brenton Taunton and Halle Cobern.
The family will have a private memorial service.
ARRANGEMENTS BY: THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY, WALTERBORO CHAPEL, 1193 Bells Highway, Walterboro, 843.538.5408. Visit the registry online at: www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com.
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