John W. Givens, Jr

John W. Givens, Jr

Ohio County, Kentucky, USA
Death 8 Dec 2009 (aged 83)
Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
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Memorial ID 45835050 · View Source
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John givens Jr., 83, of Louisville, Ky. died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at his home with his family by his side.

He was the son of the late John and Eva Phelps McKinney Givens. He was a native of McHenry, Ky., and a member of St. Matthews Baptist Church. He was also a member of the American Legion and a former member of the Lions Club of New Albany.

He graduated from McHenry High School in 1944 and was a basketball MVP during his sophomore year.

He joined the Air Force during World War II, where he also played basketball during his service years.

In 1946 he attended Western Kentucky University and became a basketball star. While playing for WKU he was in the Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. He was a professional player for Sheboygan, Wis., Redskins, where he was MVP during the 1950-51 season in the All Professional League, while his team won the championship that year, and later played for the Minneapolis Lakers, with the great George Mikan.

He then went on to become a high school coach. His coaching career experienced 194 victories and 97 defeats as of 1967. He coached for six schools, New Albany High School, where the team went to two state finals; Marion Indiana High School; Las Vegas, MN and Highlands University. During the 1964-65 season, he was the NAIA District 7 Coach of the Year at Highlands University. He then went to the Kentucky Colonels American Basketball Association team, where he was the first coach of the Colonels; and finished his career with Thomas Jefferson High School as athletic director and finally, Fern Creek High School girls' basketball. He had influenced a number of students and athletes during his career as teacher and coach

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, one daughter, one son, a sister and four grandchildren.

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Published in The Evening News / The Tribune from 12/9/2009 - 12/11/2009

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