Burial followed in the Gene Butler Cemetery in Brooks Bend. One of ten children of the late Andy King Givens and Mary Eugene Holmes Givens, he was born Billy James Givens in the Brooks Bend Community of Jackson County on April 6, 1951. Siblings preceding him in death were four sisters, Lucy Sircy, Bessie Timmons, Jo Etta Chandler, Mag Ellen Adams and a brother Edward Lee Givens. Since battling cancer he had been cared for by a niece, Connie Givens Curtis of Kempville and a great-niece, Aelisha Butler of Carthage. Mr. Givens was a farmer and worked in the community in the repair of small engines. He was a member of the former Ensors Chapel United Methodist Church on Funns Branch. Surviving are three sisters, Ethel Givens and husband Clifton of Kempville, Nellie Pearl Carver and husband Jimmy of Hartsville, Essie Wilson of Athens; a brother, Jessie Lee Givens of Grant.
Mr. Bill “Skillet” Givens of Kempville was pronounced dead on arrival at the age of 60 at 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning May 15, 2011 at Riverview Regional Medical Center E. R. in Carthage. He was suffering from cancer. Bro. Jeff Burton officiated at the 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon May 17th funeral services from the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home.