He was born in Middlesboro on July 14, 1929, and was the son of the late William Givens, Sr. and Rilla Southern Givens.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Reba Voakum Givens; brothers, Samuel Lemer II, Theodore Givens, George Wilbur Givens, William Givens, Jr., John Niles Givens, and Charles Thomas Givens; sisters, Mayola Givens Fuson, Ruby Kimsey, and Para Lee Givens; and many nieces, nephews and other family.
He was a retired United Mine Worker and underground mine electrician. During the Korean War, he served in the U. S. Army with the 916th Medical Ambulance Company. He also served as a member of the Kentucky National Guard, and as a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Middlesboro, where he sang in the choir and served as secretary of the Childrens’ Sunday School Department.
He is survived by daughters, Ion (Curtis) Lawson of Middlesboro, and Jessica (Jack) Brantley of Speedwell, Tenn.; son, Jerry McNeil (Toni) Givens of Spotsylvania, Va.; grandchildren, Isaac and Madison Lawson of Middlesboro, Lauren and Andrew Givens of Spotsylvania, Va.; sister, Goldie Robinson of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; brother, Ray Givens of Oakridge, Tenn,; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family.
Funeral service will be Monday, April 9, 2012 at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Middlesboro with the Rev. Allison Hicks officiating.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 Monday, April 9, at the First Baptist Church in Middlesboro. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the Middlesboro Cemetery.
Shumate Funeral Home in in charge of arrangements.