The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


September 1, 2013

Rev. Harry F. Givens

JOPLIN, Mo. — Harry F. Givens, age 87 of Joplin, passed away at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Spring River Christian Village after an extended illness.

Born Feb. 13, 1926, in Lebanon, Mo., he was the son of the late Howard and Lula Stevens Givens and graduated from high school in Lebanon. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, he served from 1944 to 1946, in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and held the rank of corporal. Harry moved to Joplin in 1974, to Pastor the Unity Missionary Baptist Church and continued serving until Feb. 5, 2012, retiring due to ill health. He also served as past moderator of the Southwest District Baptist Association for 23 years, past treasurer of the Missionary Baptist State Convention for seven years, member of the Community Housing Resource Board, Joplin Association for the Blind, N.A.A.C.P. and was a life member of V.F.W. Post No. 4107 in Lebanon.

Harry married Donna Givens on March 30, 1996, in Dallas, Texas. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Gregg Howard Givens and wife, Patsy Givens, of Keller, Texas; a sister, Helen Marshall, of Freeport, Ill.; a grandson, Gregg Givens Jr., of Temple, Texas; a granddaughter, Shannon Samples and husband, Adrian Samples, of Mansfield, Texas; great-grandsons, Myles Samples and Channing Givens; a great-granddaughter, Anaia Givens; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, Harry was preceded in death by two sisters and a stepmother.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Ralph Jackson and Rev. Rufus Kelly officiating. Interment will follow in Ozark Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Joplin Association for the Blind or Harry Givens Scholarship Fund in care of Parker Mortuary.

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