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OBIT: Mr. Gerald Givens, Age 92, Of South Carthage

Mr. Gerald Givens

Mr. Gerald Givens of South Carthage died at the age of 92 at 3:44 p.m. Wednesday afternoon October 11, 2017 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage. He had enjoyed good health and was admitted to the hospital Friday afternoon October 6th suffering from congestive heart failure.

Saturday afternoon October 14th funeral services were conducted by Eld. Rickey Scurlock at 1 p.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial with military honors followed beside his wife in the Garden of Gethsemane at Smith County Memorial Gardens.

He was the last surviving of seven children and was the son of the late Stanton Givens who died June 12, 1962 at the age of 76 and Vera Mai Burton Givens who died January 7, 1980 at the age of 77.

Siblings preceding him in death were Jewel Beatrice Pope who died at the age of 93 on January 13, 2011, Deltha Cleo Kemp who died at the age of 76 on March 11, 1993, Radford “Top” Givens who died at the age of 37 on December 16, 1965, Dennis Jack Givens, Fred Wilson Givens who died at the age of 56 on January 14, 1993 and Robert Lutrail “Bulldog” Givens who died at the age of 78 on December 10, 2009.

Mr. Givens was united in marriage on April 15, 1950 to the former Polly Ruth Dickens who died January 27, 1990 at the age of 61, following almost forty years of marriage.

Mr. Givens was one of a few Smith County United States Army World War II veterans surviving and was honorably discharged with the rank of Private at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia on April 4, 1946.

He was a charter member of the South Carthage Fire Department when it was established in 1963.

Mr. Givens was saved as a young man at the old Sullivans Bend Baptist Church and attended the Franklin School in Sullivans.

He was employed for about thirty years with the Waggoner Oil Co. in South Carthage and worked mostly at Waggoner’s Service Station which was located at the intersection of then Highway #53 and U. S. Highway #70 and now Main Street South and Cookeville Highway.

Surviving are his two daughters, Wanda Washer of South Carthage, Teresa Woodard and husband Dale of South Carthage; five grandchildren, Lisa, Dale and Mindy Washer, Michael Armistead and Shannon Woodard; ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

The Givens family requests memorials to the Smith County Senior Citizens Center.