Raymond Jones Bivens, 72, city garage worker

August 05, 2005

Raymond Jones Bivens, a retired city employee and Meals on Wheels driver, died of a heart attack Saturday at his home in the Zion Towers Apartments. He was 72.

Mr. Bivens was born in Baltimore and raised on Brighton Street. After graduating in 1952 from the Douglass High School evening school, he served four years in the Air Force.

After graduating from Cortez Peters Business School, he worked as a custodian for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. and then began a 23-year career in the parts department of the City of Baltimore's Dickman Street garage. He retired in 1999.

Mr. Bivens was also a driver for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland from 1988 until retiring there in 2000.

Mr. Bivens was a jazz fan and enjoyed attending Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts. He was a member of Shiloh Christian Community Church.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Morning Star Baptist Church, 1063 W. Fayette St.

Survivors include three sons, Raymond J. Bivens Jr., Rodney Lockette and Lamont Bivens, all of Baltimore; four daughters, Jacqueline McElveen and Lynn Richardson, both of Baltimore, Bertina Henderson of Newport News, Va., and Michelle Alexander of Riverdale in Prince George's County; a brother, Cornelius Bivens of Baltimore; two sisters, Ruth Bivens and Nancy Bivens, both of Baltimore; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His marriage to Shirley Jeanette Johnson ended in divorce.

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