John Harvey Givens Jr., owner and funeral director, Givens Funeral Home, Pearisburg, Virginia, died January 10, 2017, at age 82.
Givens was a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Embalming class of 1955 and served his apprenticeship at J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home in Petersburg, receiving his funeral director’s license in 1957. He returned to Pearisburg in 1959 to join his brother, Cale, in carrying on the family business, Givens Funeral Home, established in 1912 by their father. Givens was a Golden Licensee funeral director, with more than 50 years of service.
He was also involved in numerous civic organizations, including the Pearisburg Jaycees, Pearisburg Lions Club and Giles High School Boosters Club. Givens was a member of the National Bank of Blacksburg board, Carilion Giles Community Hospital Board for more than 20 years, and he served as a member and president of the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. He served his beloved town of Pearisburg as mayor from 1994-02 as well.
He is survived by wife Gertrude and sons John and Robert.