CLEVELAND -- Jimmy Bivins' Cleveland family will formally honor his memory, even without the late boxer's body.
His nephews and neice have planned a memorial service for Saturday morning, July 21, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Hill Baptist Church on Euclid Aveneu in Cleveland.
Jerry and Frank Nelson of Oakwood Village set up the memorial, in spite of the fact Bivins' remains remain in limbo, due to the prior cancellation of his wake and funeral by his estranged daughter, Josette Banks of Columbus.
The Nelsons, along with former boxer Gene Glen, a longtime friend of Bivins, are also establishing a legal defense fund, to challenge Banks in court over cancellation of the arrangements they had made for the late boxer's wake, funeral, and burial.
Jerry Nelson confirmed the memorial service in a phone call to WKYC, and Glen announced legal defense fund in an email message.
"The Nelsons have hired an attorney, Donald Williams, to sort through the legal problems," Glen wrote in a formal statement, "and to hopefully have a grave side burial for Mr. Bivins in the near future."
Banks' attorney indicated Thursday that no future plans for the boxer's wake and funeral have been made. The Nelsons and other Clevelanders close to Bivins say his daughter had not had contact with him for years, despite her insistence that she had the right to control his funeral plans.
Through her attorney Banks said her father had detailed end of life arrangements to her, and that plans made by his Cleveland relatives were not what he really would have wanted.