The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 9, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013


Kenneth Eugene ‘Skip’ Freeman

Kenneth Eugene “Skip” Freeman, 69, of Beckley, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Born February 24, 1944, in West Wickham, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Amanda Onion Freeman.

A U.S. Army veteran, Custodian/Maintenance worker at Raleigh County Board of Education, he was a devoted Deacon and member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Lanark, W.Va.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Yvonne Brown and Anita Reed.

Left to cherish precious memories are his loving wife of 39 years, Gloria Carey Freeman; daughters, Kennita Thomas, Consuela Phillips, and Keisha (Damon) Hamby, all of Beckley; brother, Lawrence (Thelma) Freeman of Wilson, N.C.; sister-in-law, Mary Cousins of Lanark; special cousins, Timothy Craighead of Beckley and Rudy Gray of Upper Marlboro, Md.; eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, church family, and friends.

Home going service will be noon, Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Lanark, with Pastor Donald Cook, Pastor Walter Leach, Evangelist Damon Hamby, and Minister Brian Wallington officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, W.Va.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2013, at the church.

Condolences may be emailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.   

Jack Richard Givens Sr.

MADAMS CREEK — Jack Richard Givens Sr., 87 of Madams Creek, Hinton, died Monday, October 7, 2013, at Main Street Care, Hinton, following a short illness.

Born February 12, 1926, in Charleston, W.Va., he was the son of the late George and Emma Martin Givens.

Jack was a retired coal miner and member of the United Mine Workers. He was a veteran of the Navy and also the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Hinton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Rowsey Givens in 2011. Also by a son, Jack R. Givens Jr. and a sister, Betty Maynard.

Survivors include a daughter, Beatrice Givens and husband Alexander Anderson of Spanaway, Wash.; one brother, George Givens of Jumping Branch; four grandchildren, Amber Parks, Mindy Morales, Jack Givens III and Jamie Doyle and two great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Butch Honaker officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences & guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

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