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West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Bobby Joe “Pops” Bivins of Thayer, Missouri was born to Vintress and Violet Bivins in Wardell, Missouri on November 30, 1934 and was called home om September 22, 2021.

Pops was preceded in death by his parents, Vintress and Violet Bivins; an infant brother, Wayne Bivins; one son, Bobby Bivins “Peanut” Jr,; and two grandchildren, Sam Bivins and Philip Hahn.

He is survived by his two brothers, Harold and Lemual; eight children, Teresa and Roy Burk, Patricia Grimes, Timothy and Thresa Bivins, Nathan Bivins, John and Donna Bivins, Judy Johnson and fiance Craig Washam, Shana Bivins, and Bob Grimes; 27 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 3 great great-grandchildren; a great host of nieces and nephews; and other family and friends.

Pops was a graduate of Wardell High School with the class of 1953.  He spent much of his working life providing for his family as a truck driver.

He was a lifelong follower of Christ and a member of the Word of Life Tabernacle in Hardy, Arkansas.  

Pops loved sports and spent countless hours coaching youth baseball and basketball. Directly under God and family, his love was the St. Louis Cardinals and anything Bobcat! He could always be found at any Thayer sporting event over the years. He never missed a loved one’s game. He was a consummate storyteller and never missed the opportunity to tell any or all of them to anyone who would listen.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him!

Funeral services for Bobby Joe “Pops” Bivins, age 86, will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Ben Pruitt officiating.

The family will receive friends on Monday, September 27, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.

Burial will be on Tuesday, September 28. 2021 in Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.



  1. Dina Reese Cooke
    September 23, 2021 @ 6:56 pm

    My heart and prayers goes out to each of you. I always loved your dad. He was a good man.

  2. Sara Riley Busch
    September 28, 2021 @ 8:01 am

    Holding you all close in our thoughts and prayers! Pops never missed a ballgame and treated us all like we were his! He will be greatly missed by everyone who was blessed to know him.

  3. Sandra Madison
    September 30, 2021 @ 12:20 pm

    We use to drop meals to him, he was always nice and polite. He will be missed and our condolence to the family.