Roy Givens went to be with the Lord on January 3, 2019, surrounded by his son and daughter.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Dolores (Staffileno) Givens. He was also preceded in death by his parents, George and Annabelle Givens; and his brothers and sister.
He is survived by his children, Jeff and Laurie Givens of Clarksburg, WV, and Susi (Givens) and Patrick Melican of Fort Myers, FL. He also will be missed by his eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his wonderful neighbors, especially Marla and Gary Mercer and John and Veronica Scherich, who are due the family’s gratitude for all they did to help make Roy’s life easier.
Roy Givens was distinguished for his passion for business, his focus on collaborative lawmaking and his commitment to the people of West Virginia. His service began in the Army, where he served as a combat medic during the Korean War.
Roy spent his business career working in sales for 40 years at Standard Slag Company. His public service began when he was elected to the Brooke County School Board, where he proceeded to serve as president. He was elected to the WV House of Delegates in 1978, where he served the people of the 2nd Delegate District for a total of 24 years. During his time in the House of Delegates he was appointed as the chairman of various committees by the governor at the time.
He was also recognized for his service by a variety of organizations that include the recipient of the Legislator of the Year Award, 1998, Citizen of the Year Award, Wellsburg Elks Lodge No. 1553, James R. Lee Humanitarian Award; 2002, Brooke-Hancock- Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission Public Service Award ; 2003, W.Va. Veteran’s Affairs Veterans Council Award; 2002, Legislators Award from the WVADD and Parents of Disabled Children in West Virginia, Brooke County Adult Literacy Volunteer of the Year award, the Meritorious Award from the Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve West Virginia Committee and the Distinguished West Virginian Award presented by the Governor in 2012.
His passion also included his love of God and he and his family attended The Community of Christ Church, where he was an ordained deacon.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 9, 2019, from 4-8 p.m. at Reasner Funeral Home 1515 Charles St., Wellsburg, WV 26070, and again on January 10, 2019 form 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., with Pastor Dennis Yingling, and Elders Joy Leasure, and Neil Nixon officiating. Full military honors will be given by the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad at the Funeral home following the service . Online condolences may be made at ReasnerOf Wellsburg.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Community of Christ Church in Wellsburg.