Schrivner copes with cancer using his sense of humor

February 21st, 2014

Billy Scrivener said doctors told him he has three to six months to live, so he wants to make the most out of each good day that remains on his stat sheet.

The popular sports official from Jackson has cancer. His left kidney was removed last April, but Schrivner was “feeling great and back in the saddle” within two weeks. Doctors thought he was in the clear.

On Jan. 24, doctors said they had done all they could. Medications and treatments stopped, and Schrivner began preparing for life’s final inning.

He is weak but without pain. He has no appetite, but his sense of humor and love for reminiscing remains intact.

Six decades of officiating sports will do that to a man. Schrivner officiated nearly every high school sport but was noted for working prep and college basketball from 1952 to 1985 and football from 1953 to 1988. Afterward, he worked as a supervisor of officials.

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