Stacy Pete Givens, 94, of Mount Vernon, Indiana passed away quietly in his sleep on August 18th, at Deaconess Hospice after a brief illness. Stacy was the only son of Myrtle Heath Givens and Charles Peter Givens. He was a descendant of one of Posey County Indiana's earliest pioneer families.
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Stacy was a lifelong member and long term Trustee of Mount Vernon General Baptist Church. He made a number of trips to General Baptist sponsored missions in Jamaica and Honduras to aid in the construction orphanages and shelters for the missions residents. He retired from Inland Container Corporation after 38 years of faithful service. He enjoyed a variety of sports and actively bowled in two different leagues as recently as June of this year, and participated in the Senior Olympics from 1997 to 2011 winning gold, silver, and bronze medals in bowling. Stacy maintained the youth baseball diamonds at Brittlebank Park in Mount Vernon, and was, for a number of years following his retirement, a dispatcher, mechanic, and driver for the then Mount Vernon Fire and Rescue, now Black Township Fire and Rescue. He continued to maintain and improve the Givens home place with the assistance of his close friends David and Robin Harms and Stacy's son Danny. The "Old Man" as he was known around the fire station loved helping others and gave freely of his time and effort in the assistance of others. He was a friend to all and a faithful family man and will be sadly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 54 years, Carol L. Givens (Watson); sister, Lois Miller; half brothers, Paul and Eddie O'Donnell; and grandson, Stevie Wayne Cox.
Survivors include daughters, Judith A. Housley and husband Warren F. of Starkville, Miss., Carolyn S. Thompson and husband Gene of Wadesville, Ind., Nancy E. Butler of Mount Vernon Ind.; son, Danny J. Givens and wife Monika also of Mount Vernon, Ind.; grandchildren are Blain Newman and wife Sarah of Evansville, Ind., Gina S. Newman and friend Jeff of Evansville Ind., Stacy Housley Simpson and husband Scott of Gordo, Ala., Julia Housley Waterman and husband Daniel of Layton, Ut., Lisa Givens Powers and husband James of Mount Vernon, Ind., and Jeffrey D. Givens and wife Courtney of Spottsville Ky.; brother, Eugene McDurmon and wife Darlene of Mt. Vernon; as well as a number of nieces and nephews; special nieces and nephews, Kathy and Mike Gilkey, Angela Gilkey, Lynn and Brent Payne, and Alex and April Payne; great-grandchildren, Marshall and Micah Powers, Jack, Lydia, Clara, and Mary Grace Waterman, Isaac, Isaiah, Nolan, and Lily Givens; and step great-grandchildren Jennifer and Mary Simpson and Gatlin Harris; special friends, Ralph Weiss and his companion Teresa Spivey.
The family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurse Practitioner, Nurses and Staff of units 5100, 5200, and Deaconess Hospice for the exemplary care provided our father during his brief hospitalization.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at Schneider Funeral Home 512 Main St. in Mt. Vernon with burial to follow in Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions can be made to Faith Home Mission in Honduras or your favorite charity.
Condolences may be made online at www.schneiderfuneralhome.com.
Schneider Funeral Home - Mt. Vernon
512 Main St.
Mt. Vernon, IN 47620
Published in Mount Vernon Democrat on Aug. 22, 2012