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(Published in the Tampa Bay Times on 15 1mo 2007.)
Opal Givens
     GIVENS, Opal Gardiner, 91, of Tampa, passed away January 11, 2007, in St. Joseph's Hospital. Mrs. Givens was born February 12, 1915, in the Village of White Post, Va.
     Opal was the daughter of Charles Gardiner and Lydia Robinson Gardiner. She was a graduate of Wilson Teachers College, Washington, D.C., and earned her master's degree in 1967 from the University of South Florida while raising three sons and teaching full time.
     Opal married Leon Luther Givens July 20, 1946, in White Post, Va. Leon preceded her in death October 7, 1992.
     Surviving are three sons, Thomas Leon Givens and wife, Debra, George Norman Givens, all of Tampa, and John Gardiner Givens and wife, Lisa, of White Post, Va.; three granddaughters, one grandson and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by eight sisters and one brother.
     She was a member of St. Clements Episcopal Church and Order of the Eastern Star Tampa Chapter 11.
     Services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2007, at JGR Funeral Home. Please omit flowers. Memorials may be to: The Shepards Chapel, P.O. Box 416, Gravette, AR 72736-0416, in her memory.

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