Jackie Rivers

Jacqueline (Jackie) Rivers was born August 11, 1953, in Tuskegee, Alabama, to Dorothy and Jake Rivers. She was the youngest of five daughters. She had one son, Alonzo Eugene Bradford.

Jackie accepted Christ early in her life and was an active member of Holy Tabernacle of God Baptist Church. She served faithfully as a team member of the Membership Care Ministry, "His Dwelling Place" Women's Ministry, and the Usher Board. Early in her membership, she served as a children's Sunday School teacher. Jackie was a true servant of God, serving anywhere she was needed.

Jackie spent the first eight years of her life in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1961, she moved to Los Angeles, California, with her family. She continued her education in the Los Angeles Unified School District where, in 1971, she graduated from Dorsey High School.

Jackie began her professional career as a computer programmer but changed careers to do what she really loved the most - Cosmetology. She enrolled at John Peri Beauty College in Lomita, California, where she received her Certificate of Completion and went on to become a Licensed Professional Hairstylist. She then earned her State of California certification as a Cosmetology Instructor. After working for several years at JC Penney's Styling Salon, she took the plunge and opened J'Que Hair Salon in the Crenshaw District.

One of Jackie's greatest loves was styling hair - especially her own hair. As a hairstylist, she was always experimenting with different hairstyles on herself - sometimes with her natural hair, a wig, or hair extensions. Jackie never met a hairstyle or hair color she didn't like. She loved clothes and shoes passionately and was truly a "clothes horse". She had a unique and bold sense of style that was clearly her own. Jackie always wanted to look different from everyone else. She especially loved to be photographed in one of her outrageous hairstyles and outfits.

Jackie had a laugh we'll always remember, a great sense of humor, and an amazingly quick wit. She could make you double over with laughter with a few choice words. In her younger days, she loved to party. She was always the life of the party and, oh, how the girl could dance!

On March 17, 2009, Jackie unexpectedly went home to the Lord. Her mother, Dorothy Rivers; her sister, Dorothy L. McEntire; and Alonzo's father, Earl Bradford, preceded her in death. To cherish her precious memory, she leaves her son Alonzo Bradford; her father, Jake Rivers; her sisters, Geneva C. Pollock and her husband Ulysses Pollock, Sr., Lethia J. Wedgworth, and Christine Howze, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, other loving family, and many loyal friends.