Charles Givens

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Charles "Chalk" Givens, 87, of Glenallen died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.

He was born Nov. 18, 1921, in Allenville, son of Ancil and Grace Smith Givens. He and Earlene Medlock were married in 1947. He later married Velma "Deanie" Crites on Oct. 12, 1974.

Givens raised Belgian horses and mules many years, and participated in the SEMO District Fair about 20 years.

He was a member of Local 513 Hoisting Engineers 47 years, a member of First Baptist Church in Delta and attended Lutesville General Baptist Church.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he fought in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Central Europe and Rhineland. He received five Bronze Stars.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Wayne Givens of Glen­allen; two daughters, Vicki Smith of Jefferson City, Mo., Diann Newell of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Gladys Brown of Delta; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Liley Funeral Home in Marble Hill, Mo.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Gene Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Bollinger County Memorial Park Cemetery near Marble Hill. Full military honors will be provided by Missouri Honors Team.