Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Vandalia.
Officiating will be: Rev. Richard Smith.
Music provided by: Delores Smith - soloist.
Interment will be in the Pleasantview Cemetery in New London.
Pallbearers: Jamal Jackson, William Kerr, Darren Jackson, Alan Shaw, Glenn Bailey and Richard Hammett.
William A. Givens passed away at 8:25 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. Bill grew up and attended schools in the New London and Hannibal area. He was drafted into the U. S. Marine Corps in 1943 and served his country for three years serving in the Pacific Theatre. After his service, Bill attended and graduated from Western Baptist Seminary in Kansas City in 1956. He pastored at several churches in the area and also at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Bill retired in 2003 due to health reasons. He was active in the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance, the Vandalia Rotary Club, Vandalia VFW Post 2173, Promise Keepers and the Lincoln School Restoration project in Vandalia. Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling and table tennis.
Born: April 2, 1922 in New London, Missouri the son of Flowerree H. and Lula (Abbey) Givens.
Married: Dorothy Alcena Parsons in Hannibal, Missouri on October 25, 1947.
Survivors include: wife, Alcena of Vandalia; one sister, Carolyn G. Parks of Denver, Colorado; also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: parents; two brothers, Euphamia Givens and Norman Givens; four sisters, Lorene Givens, Charlene Davis, Matilda Jackson and Helen Fisher.
Memorials are encouraged to the Lincoln School Restoration Project in Vandalia.