Frank Givens


Frank A. Givens, 86, of Paris, passed away at 10:23 a.m. Monday, June 3, 2019, at Horizon Health Paris Community Hospital.  He was a police officer for the City of Paris for 25 years and also was a security guard for Wal-Mart. 

All services are private. American Legion Post 211 will provide military honors and, burial is in Edgar Cemetery.  Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Mr. Givens was born July 8, 1932, at Paris, the son of the late Orval and Leta Lucille Moss Givens. He married Rosalie Perry Givens Dec. 8, 1951, at Paris, and she passed away Nov. 15, 2012. He then married Joan Cash Givens Feb. 14, 2015, and she passed away May 23, 2018. 

Survivors include his children, Mildred Lynn Renner of Paris, Michael Allen (Betty) Givens of Roachdale, Ind., David Lee (Marjorie) Givens of Hudson, Iowa, and William O. (Nancy) Givens of Charleston; his sister, Patricia Irvine of Paris; nine grandchildren, Bryce Givens of Vandalia, Hannah Givens of Charleston, Megan Scheffer of Charleston, Zac Givens of Des Moines, Iowa, Rachel Givens of Indianapolis, Ind., David Andrew Givens of Desoto, Iowa, Joseph Givens of St. Paul, Minn., Rebecca Chung of Waterloo, Iowa, and Steven Renner of Paris; and three great-grandchildren, Elijah Givens of St. Paul, Minn., Micaiah Givens of St. Paul, Minn., and Cade Scheffer of Charleston. 

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter Laura Givens; a brother Orval Lee “Bo” Givens; and a sister Beverly Martin.

Mr. Givens was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a Paris, City Council member for four years, serving as Fire and Public Safety Commissioner. He was the community Santa Claus for 54 years. 

His memberships included Masonic Lodge 268 AF & AM and American Legion Post 211.

Memorial contributions may be made to Paris’ Shop With A Cop or Gideons International. 

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