Donald G. Bivins
Wednesday 24th of September 1941 - Wednesday 17th of May 2023
Milward - Man O' War
1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington, KY
On May 17, Donald G Bivins passed away peacefully with his family lovingly by his side. Born September 24, 1941, to Mitchell and Mildred Bivins, Don lived his childhood in Owensboro, KY, with his younger sister, Karen, and many relatives nearby.
Don was intelligent, strong-willed, and stubborn at times, and had an enormous heart and a wonderful sense of humor. A hard-working Christian man, he was generous, loyal, and kind. A critical thinker, Don was a decision-maker who understood the value of hard work and the strength of conviction and character. He supported his community by volunteering his time to help others, including Shriners through Trane Co, and mostly with his love for kids and youth sports. A car enthusiast, Don passed on his love of mechanics to his son and grandsons.
An avid fisherman, Don looked forward to family vacations at Kentucky Lake. He loved the orange glow of the setting sun and the water lapping on the shore. Laughter echoing across still waters while casting a crankbait or redworm was his idea of heaven on Earth. None of our children will ever “wet a line” that they don’t think of Grandaddy. A love of enjoying the great outdoors is a gift that will last a lifetime.
Music played an enormous part in Don’s life. A member of Lexington Singers for over thirty years and a bass in the Calvary Baptist Church Choir, he treasured learning challenging repertoire, singing low Cs, and, most of all, fellowship.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Edna, and his three children and spouses, Donna & Steve Florence, Jeff & Linda Bivins, and Elizabeth Isaacs. Eight Grandchildren and spouses, Mitch & Jamie Florence, Megan & Andrew Bucher, McCray& Mary Kate Florence, Katie Isaacs, Alan Isaacs, Tyler Bivins, Morgan Bivins, and Grant Bivins. And his nine great-grandchildren Nash, West, Wyatt, Riley, Easton, Woods, Banks, Maverick, and Teagan.
He will be remembered for his devotion to his wife and family, quick wit, huge heart, and vast knowledge. His life was not defined by his occupation but by the time spent with his family, a good ballgame, weekly family dinners, but mostly his love for fishing.
The world is less bright without him in it, but we find great peace in the legacy of the love he left, and we know that ours is not a goodbye but rather a see you later, Dad/Grandaddy.
Visitation for Don will be Wednesday, May 24th from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at MIlward - Man O 'War located at 1509 Trent Blvd. in Lexington. The family of Mr. Bivins will hold a private ceremony to celebrate his life.
In honor of his legacy and in lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions to Calvary Baptist Music Program, 150 E. High Street, Lexington, KY 40507.
To share a remembrance of Mr. Bivins or to offer condolences to his family, please sign the online guest book at milwardfuneral.com on his obituary page.
Edna, Our thoughts are with you. Though apart for years, we have fond memories of our youth together. Roger and Nancy Munro
Billy and Linda Tillettsays
Dear Edna we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We have enjoyed our times together over the years. God bless you and your family.
I enjoyed getting to know Don through Lexington Singers. Additionally, I was so impressed that he and Edna would go to the Whitaker YMCA every day, at least pre-Covid. There I would see him working out to stay as strong and healthy as possible! Always a smile on his face and a funny joke to offer. A lovely man. Praying for Edna and his family.
I remember Uncle Don in his big bear hugs, his genuine interest to ask, "Now tell me, what are you doing now?" his big hands to pat you on the back, and his heart felt smile. I know he will be greatly missed here, but all can rest in the knowledge he is deserving of the welcome in heaven, "Well done my good and faithful servant." He lives on his wonderful family. I offer hugs from afar and lift prayers for peace and comfort. Cousin Julie
Mary Chandler Bolinsays
So many beautiful memories of Don and Edna in Lexington Singers! They always shared a smile and kind word for each other and to those around them. May Edna and the family find comfort in knowing that Don was respected and beloved by many.
My deepest condolences to Edna and the family. I knew Don from Lexington Singers and the group that went to Rafferty’s after rehearsal. He was a warm, funny and intelligent man. He will be missed and remembered.