We are very sad to inform you of the passing of M\W\ John R. Givens, Past Grand Master in 2003. He passed away peacefully in his sleep early Friday morning, August 14, 2015, at the Legacy House at the Hospice in Marion County. M\W\ Givens will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. He was a wonderful, kind man that touched the lives of so many. Please keep Mrs. Claudia Givens and the family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences and sympathy cards may be sent to their home at 2227 NW 47th Circle, Ocala, Florida 34482-8781.
GIVENS, JOHN R., 76
Ocala – John R. Givens, 76 years, of Ocala, Florida, formerly of Panama City, Florida, passed to the Celestial Lodge on Friday, August 14, 2015. John was born on March 4, 1939 in Pontiac, Michigan; son to the late Benjamin Lomond and Elizabeth (Thornbough) Givens.
He lived his life in Michigan until moving to Panama City, FL in 1989 and to Ocala in 2012. He graduated from Pontiac Central High School in June of 1957 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corp on July 7, 1957 and was honorably discharged on July 7, 1963. After his discharge he was employed as an O.S.&D. and customer relations clerk with a trucking company in Escanaba, MI and then worked for General Motors Truck and Coach in the material division until retiring in April, 1986. Johns hobbies included singing, hunting, fishing and collecting knives. In 1984 he joined the Orion Lodge#46, Michigan and in 1990 he demitted to St. Andrews Lodge#212, Panama City, FL where he served as Worshipful Master in 1993. John later served as D.D.G.M. in 1997 and served as Grand Master of Masons in Florida in 2003 – 2004. John was a working Mason both in Ritual and in Assistance. He belonged to several appended bodies which included the York Rite, Scottish Rite, the Red Cross of Constantine and the Shaddai Shrine of Panama City, FL. John and his lady Claudia were members of the St. Andrews Chapter#223 of The Order of the Eastern Star.
John was also preceded in death by his sister Susie, brothers Hubert, Kenneth and LeRoy and his step-father Albert Harrelson.
He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Claudia of Ocala; sons John (Kaelyn) and Joe (Emily); sisters Betty Murphy, Joean Hodge and Norma Derocher; eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter; mother-in-law Margaret Schwartz; sisters-in-law Patti (Randel) and Susan (John); brother-in-law Michael (Judy).
A Masonic Service will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 1:00PM at the Ocala Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 3632 NE 7th Street, Ocala, FL 34470. Fellowship will follow at the Scottish Rite immediately after the Memorial Service. John will later be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.
Memorial Contributions in John’s memory may be to the Masonic Home of Florida Residents Fund, P.O Box 1020, Jacksonville, FL 32201.
Condolences may be expressed to http://www.hiers-baxley.com/obituaries/John-Givens-2/#!/Obituary.
M\W\ Steven P. Boring, Grand Master, has requested that all the Particular Lodges drape their Altars for one month in memory of our beloved Past Grand Master.