Johannesburg Givens, better known as “Papa Joe” to some, was born on June 22, 1960 in Savannah Georgia to the late Marion and Ellamae Givens Sr. who preceded him in death. He received his early education in New York City, then moved to Savannah, Ga where he graduated from Beach High School. After Graduating, he became a Merchant Welder and Automotive
Mechanic. He had a great love for music and playing the guitar. He was a loving husband who loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed working on cars and
making others laugh with his witty jokes.
On August 28, 2006 he married the love of his life who he would always refer to as his “Queen”. The blended family formed from this union, gave “Papa Joe” the large family he always longed for.
He leaves to cherish his loving wife; Cynthia Givens, Yemassee, SC. Father-in-law, Harold Williams; Yemassee, SC. Daughters; Rebecca Robinson (Lance) Oliva, GA. Shavannah Shiggs; Newington, GA. New York Kimble, Savannah, GA; (Jerod) Savannah, GA. Shaleah Badger (Michael) Yemassee, SC. Charlene Goodwin; Walterboro, SC. Charmaine Young; Greenpond, SC. Son, Gerod Woodberry; Ny, NY. God Son, Eric Lucas Jr. Brothers, Sinclair Givens (Patricia) Covington, GA; Marion Givens Jr. (aka H.B.) Walterboro, SC. Sisters, Sophia Givens Williams; Yemassee, SC. Earlise Jamison (Wilbur) Islandton, SC. Brother in laws; JamesWoodberry (Angela) Poconos, NJ; Gary Woodberry; Brooklyn, NY. Sister-in-law, Deloris Anderson. Uncles, Franklin Givens Sr. (Elizabeth) Hackensack, New Jersey, Bernand Veggacotti, NY, NY. Aunts, Janette Williams; Savannah, GA, Diane Rutledge; Savannah, Ga. Gearldine Jenkins; Walterboro, SC. Grand Aunts, Beatrice Givens; Charleston, SC. Helen Blessinger; Long Island, NY. Two special brothers, Russell Dunham; Yemassee, SC. Jay Jones; Georgia. 36 grandchildren, 3 great grand and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Public Visitation will be held on Wednesday: April 7, 2021 3:00-6:00 PM at the mortuary. Graveside Services for Mr. Givens are scheduled for Thursday: April 8, 2021; Williams Cemetery, Yemasee, SC at Eleven O' Clock In the morning.
(Facial Mask and social distancing practices are strictly enforced while at the mortuary and during graveside services).
On behalf of the Givens family, we ask that you continue to pray for strength as they celebrate the life of their dearly departed.
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