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Ronald Dean Givens

March 17, 1952 — September 25, 2023


Ronald Dean Givens, 71, departed this life on Monday, September 25th, 2023. Celebration of Life Service will be held Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023, at 11 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church. Interment will follow at the City of Lubbock Cemetery under the direction of Griffin Mortuary. Visitation will be held Monday, October 2, 2023, at Griffin Mortuary from 4 to 6 p.m. Ronald Givens was born to R. J. and Octavia Givens in Lubbock, Texas on March 17th, 1952. Ronald attended Phyllis Wheatley Elementary, Struggs Jr. High and graduated from Dunbar High School in 1971. Ron went on to attend Huston-Tillotson University graduating in Business of Administration and Political Science. Ronald learn how to be a team player from being a Boy Scout, attending VFW Post 808 Boys State, Omega Psi Phi, and the Texas National Guard. Ronald returned to Lubbock to join his parents R. J. and Octavia at Givens Real Estate. In 1985, Ronald pursued politics and became an Elective State Official having served four years in the House of Representatives. Ronald became the first African American Republican to win a seat in the Texas Legislature since Reconstruction. On February 9th, 1991, Ronald married Margie Martin and resided in Angleton, Texas for three years. Ronald ventures on to service three years on the Board of Pardons and Parole Board. Ronald returned to Lubbock and continued his Real Estate venture with Givens Real Estate. Ronald was a member of the Lubbock Board of Realtors, served on the board at Rise Academy and Property Management. In 2022, Ronald received MLK’s INC’s Black Pearl Award, First Black Republican State Representative from Lubbock. Ronald was inducted in the Alumni Hall of fame receiving the Boys and Girls Club of Lubbock Award. Ronald stood as a proud citizen to serve his family, his community, his state, his country, his brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and those that supported him through his journey. Ronald is preceded in death by his parents, R. J. and Octavia Givens; and one brother, Randy Givens. Ronald leaves to cherish his memory; his wife, Margie Givens; his daughter, Tanishia Walker Frazier of Irving, Texas; his sisters, Cheryl Givens Wiley of Irving, Texas; and Carolyn Mercer (William) of Tucson, AZ; his grandchildren, Nishyme Perez, Aimee Perez, and KiAudra Perez; five great-grandchildren; his niece, LaDeivia Wiley of Lubbock; his nephew, Ray Ward (Kaneesha) of Irving; a host of other relatives and friends.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

2002 Birch Ave, Lubbock, TX 79404

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