She always went by the name Ophelia and never used Clara.
GASTONIA - Clara Ophelia Fletcher Givens, 90, of 1770 Oak Hollow Road, formerly of 209 South Weldon Street, died, May 5, 2010, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
She was a native of Gastonia, daughter of the late John Elonzo Fletcher and Ida Sheppard Fletcher.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the Founders Chapel of McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia with Dr. Buddy Pigg and the Rev. Dale Lawing officiating. Interment will be in Gaston Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service and after the service in the Club House at Ferrington Place, 1100 Surry Lane, Gastonia.
Ophelia was a homemaker, member of Mount Harmony Baptist Church in Matthews and a former member of Loray Baptist Church in Gastonia and was active in the Nursery ministry at Loray for over 32 years.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, James E. "Jim" Givens of Lowell, Charles A. "Chuck" Givens and wife Jamie of Matthews, Kenneth M. Givens of Indian Trail, Robert D. Givens and wife Debbie of Gastonia, daughter, Ruby G. Hudson of Anderson, Indiana, grandchildren, Lynn, Susan, Tisha, Melanie, Todd, Angela, Michael, Ryan and Benji, great-grandchildren, Kayleigh, Madison, Taylor, Ashleigh, Brandon, Blake, Ryan, Josh and Riley-Brooke brothers and sister-in-laws, J.E. Fletcher, Arthur and Mary Fletcher and Mary Ruth Fletcher all of Gastonia, sister, Margaret F. Oakley of Old Hickory, Tennessee.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ernest Alfred Givens.
Pallbearers will be Michael Givens, Benji Givens, Larry Leming, Glenn Hudson, John Hudson and Gabe Munoz.
Memorials may be made to Hephzibah Children's Home 6601 Zebulon Road Macon, Georgia 31220-7606 or to Mount Harmony Baptist Church Building fund 2817 Mount Harmony church Road Matthews, NC 28105.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Givens family.
Published in Gaston Gazette on May 7, 2010
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Ernest and Ophelia had five children:
1. Ruby Hudson married Glenn Hudson. They had two daughters: 1) Lynn Hudson 2) Susan Hudson married Steve Bray. They had three daughters: Kayleigh Bray, Madison Leigh Bray, and Taylor Bray.
2. James "Jim" Ernest Givens who married 1st Sherry, 2nd Linda, 3rd Dottie.
3. Charles "Chuck" Alfred Givens who married 1st Pat (daughter of Permley and Bertha) and had daughter Tisha Givens Johnson. She had three children: Asheligh Reed, Brandon Reed, and Blake Reed. Chuck married 2nd Jamie.
5. Robert Douglas Givens who married 1st Connie -- and had son Todd. He married 2nd Deborah Lutz who had a daughter Angela Lutz. Debbie was the daughter of Ralph and Doris Lutz. Angela married Gabe Munoz and they had a son Josh Munoz. Robert and Debbie had three sons 1) Michael Robert Givens who married Carolyn and they had a son Ryan Benjamin Givens Wright. 2) Ryan Jeffrey Givens 3) "Benji" Benjamin Givens who has a daughter Riley Brooke Givens with Stephanie Felts. Stephanie was the granddaughter of Garland Bryan Conard and Myrtle Ruth Harmon.
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C Ophelia Fletcher, "North Carolina, Birth Index, 1800-2000"
Name:C Ophelia Fletcher Event Type: Birth Event Date: 1919 Event Place: Gaston, North Carolina Other Event Place: Gastonia Gender: Female Race: White Father's Name:John E Fletcher Mother's Name:Ida E Shephard
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Ophelia Fletcher Daughter United States Census, 1930 birth 1919 North Carolina residence: 1930 Gastonia, Gaston, North Carolina, United States father:John E Fletcher mother:Ida E Fletcher other:James N Fletcher, John E Fletcher Jr., Exlice M Fletcher, Paul L Fletcher, Ariel Fletcher [Dwight], Margaret Fletcher...