June 26, 1968-March 17, 2019

Robert “Bobby “ (Bob) Ray Givens, 50, completed his journey of faith Sunday, March 17, 2019, surrounded by his family, friends and the presence of God after a long battle with cancer. He was born June 26, 1968, in his hometown of Montgomery, La.

He was the son of Donald W. Givens and Jeanette M. (Chelette) Givens.

Robert is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Denice (Perez) Givens; one son, Matthew Givens; daughters, Kayla Givens Spirey and husband Beau, Amanda Leigh Moore, and Jasmine Skye Givens; granddaughters, Khalesi (George) Dalby and Madison (Maddie) Moore; many nieces and nephews whom he loved like his own; his parents, Donald and Jeanette Givens of Montgomery; and one brother, the Rev. James Givens and wife Shermela.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Violet Simmons, Red Simmons, Ray Givens, Evelyn Chelette and Herbert Chelette; and two nieces, Brooke Givens and Destiny Higginbotham.

Robert worked in the cellular industry for 24 years and just recently retired due to his health. He loved his work, spending time with family and working in his wood shop. Most of all he loved going to church and sharing the word with others. He had a rare talent for the guitar and shared that gift with others, although his favorite thing was hunting. He always said being in a stand in a tree in the middle of the peaceful woods made him feel close to his God. Robert touched many lives by example and kind words; may his heritage live on through his children. He will be missed by many.

A service to celebrate his life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24 at The United Pentecostal Church of Montgomery with the Rev. Donald Givens officiating.  Burial will follow at Union Hill Cemetery near Montgomery.  The family will receive friends Saturday, March 23 from noon-9 p.m. at the church, 2647 Hwy 71, Montgomery.