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Charles Ellis Given, Sr.

Obituary for Charles Ellis Given, Sr.

August 26, 1943 - May 22, 2016
Newark, Delaware | Age 72


Charles Ellis Given, Sr., age 72 of Newark, Delaware, passed away on, May 22, 2016 at the Heartland Hospice House. He was born on August 26, 1943 in Elkton, Maryland to the late Thomas Norton Given and Belle Virginia Jackson.

Charles worked as a cabinet maker specializing in building fine furniture. He was often commissioned to design and build specialty items. He was a veteran of the United States Army (1966-1968) and served in the Vietnam War where he received the Purple Heart. He was an avid collector of wooden planes and other antique woodworking tools. During his earlier years, he enjoyed racing cars with his uncle and recently purchased a 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe. He was a member of the Delaware Woodworker's Guild, as well as the Middletown Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis C. Given; sons: Charles Ellis Given, Jr. of Elsmere DE, Richard Thomas Given of Bear, DE, Keith Alexander Given of Newark, DE, and Gary Allan Given of Newark, DE; brother, Robert Given of Boonville, MO; and sisters: Carolyn Nowland and Deborah Irene Given, both of Elkton, MD. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren: Charles E. Given, III "Chaz", Collin Given, Joshua Fox, Andrea Given, Dylan Duncan, Kasai Merritt, Victoria Hairston, Cameron Beagle, Autumn Lawrence, Brayden Dennis Given, and Paislee Renee Given.

Charles was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Andrew Given and his brother, Thomas Norton Given, Jr.

A Celebration of Charlie's life will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 11:00AM where friends may call one hour prior at R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, 122 W. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711. A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 6:00-8:00PM at R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home where family and friends are encouraged to attend. Burial will follow Friday's service at Union Cemetery in Elkton, MD. Memorial contributions may be made, in memory of Charles, to your favorite charity.

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