MDR mourns passing of editor Mark Bivens

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Mark Bivens became part of the Malvern Daily Record family in 1991 when he joined the staff as a sports writer.
Although he left the MDR briefly for a position in Arkadelphia, he returned to the Malvern Daily Record and remained a part of the MDR staff until retirement in the fall of 2013.
On Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, Bivens passed away at the age of 63. A celebration of life will be held at J.A. Funk Funeral Home in Malvern on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.
Bivens, a Blytheville native, spent many years in the newspaper industry throughout Arkansas.
Bivens eventually moved into the editor position at MDR, but his love of sports was never forsaken. Although he was the editor, he continued to write columns about sports and highlights from Friday night’s Malvern High School Football games could be seen in each Saturday edition of the MDR.
In his 22-year career in the Malvern area, Bivens became a beloved well-known celebrity throughout the area. Many would walk into the Malvern Daily Record office just to say “Hello.” That is probably because as many know (Mark) Bivens never met a stranger. If he didn’t know you, he would at the conversation’s end.
Bivens had a way with words that made people laugh, cry and sometimes get angry.
Bivens’ last column written after his retirement about co-worker Geneva McDaniel and their first encounter can be seen on page 4.

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