Kenneth Marcell Givens, Sr. (Papa “G”) of Norfolk, Virginia, passed away on April 11, 2018. Kenneth was born June 17, 1928 in Sussex County, Virginia to Eugene and Cleo Givens. He attended St. Joseph Catholic School and years later continued his education at Book T. Washington High School Class of 1965.
Kenneth proudly served for five years in the U.S. Army and participated in the Korean War where he was wounded and then reassigned back to the United States. Kenneth was awarded a Purple Heart for his bravery by President Harry Truman while being treated at the Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland October, 1950. Kenneth Sr., a committed husband and father, was always willing to help family, friends and neighbors, will be greatly missed. We find comfort knowing he is at peace and in the arms of our loving Heavenly Father.
He is predeceased by his wife Lucille Givens and daughter Vanessa Barco. Kenneth is survived by his loving brother and sister Woodrow (Rosa) Givens, Maxine (James Daniel) Crowder and proud father of Anita Dudley (Melvin), Cynthia Givens Bright, Kenneth M. Givens, Jr., Ricardo D. Givens and Robert A. Givens; twelve grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.