Clifford Givens (1925 - 2015)

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Clifford "Cliff" Givens was born in Hope, Arkansas on July 17, 1925 and passed away April 20, 2015 in Houston, Texas at the age of 89. During his early years in Arkansas he worked at several jobs; paperboy for the Hope Journal and then as an apprentice printer, clerked and ran sporting goods store for Gibson Drugs, then delivered telegrams for the Western Union telegraph service. Later he served an apprenticeship as a Plasterer, receiving his Journeyman Plasterer card in 1948. He met and fell in love with Jo Ann Thompson and they were married on March 26, 1949.Cliffs work took them to various cities in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. In 1954 Cliff received "Greetings from Uncle Sam" and was inducted in the U.S. Army. He completed his basic training at Fort Jackson South Carolina with the 101st Airborne and was shipped overseas aboard the USS Marine Serpent. After serving his enlistment on the island of Okinawa he returned to the U.S. and was discharged in Fort Smith Arkansas. Cliff went to work as a Plasterer and became active in Plasterers Local 79. He served on the Executive Board and was elected Vice President and Chairman of the Executive Board, Financial Secretary, President and then Business Manager; a position he held for the next 30 years. Cliff also served as a delegate to the Texas State Conference of Plasterers and Cement Masons for over 30 years, and was elected President of the conference for three terms. Cliff officially retired from his employment with the Union in 1995, but remained active in union affairs. Cliffs hobbies were flying, golf, fishing, playing the guitar and spending time at their beloved place at Lake Bonanza in Montgomery, Texas. A lifelong dream of flying led him to take Flying lessons at Guinn Flying Service at Pearland, Texas where he earned licenses as Student, Private, Commercial, Instrument, Instructor and Instrument Instructor. He flew for the fun of flying, amassing a total of some four thousand hours in the air. Cliff was a member of Park Place Methodist Church for 55 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Donie Smith Givens; wife Jo Ann Givens; and sisters, Erma Jeans Andrews and Margie Dean Givens. Cliff is survived by his loving daughter, Cindy Givens-Berry and husband Tom of Houston, Texas; granddaughter, Tammy Lynn Myers and husband Jamie of Montgomery, Texas; great grandchildren, Jay, Paige and Kacey Myers of Montgomery, Texas; and sister, Jessie Mae Givens-Shapley. Visitation will be at Cashner Funeral Home on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 4-7pm. Funeral Service will be in the Cashner Colonial Chapel on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10am. Burial will follow in the Conroe Memorial Park.


Published on from Apr. 22 to May 5, 2015
Arrangements under the direction of:
Cashner Funeral Home
801 Teas Road | Conroe, TX 77303 | (936) 756-2126
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