Dr. Arnold Jarrett Given, Jr. of Saint Albans went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 28, 2009, at home with his loving family. Dr. Given was born on March 28, 1924 in Sharlow, West Virginia. He served as a Navy and Marine Medic in World War II.. He graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor and Masters Degree. He also held a Masters Degree in Anatomy and a Doctorate in DDS, (Dentistry), from Ohio State University. While attending Ohio State University, he was a member of the Army National Guard and completed his 32 years in the armed services with the West Virginia Air National Guard, retiring as a Brigadier General.
Dr. Given retired from his dental practice in South Charleston after 44 year. He was a member of the Kanawha Valley Dental Society, West Virginia Dental Association, past president of the Academy of General Dentistry and was a member of the American Dental Association. He was an active member of the Highlawn Baptist Church, serving on many boards and also teaching Sunday School. Dr. Given was proceeded in death by his father and mother, the late Dr. Arnold J. Given and Theo Wilson Given; his brother Leslie Walter Given and an infant son.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Virginia Given, daughter Carolyn Given Kopco and husband, Gary of St. Petersburg, Florida, Sons: Robert E. Given and Dr. Arnold J. Given III both of St. Albans, Kenneth T. Given and wife, Peggy of Charleston, and David P. Given and wife Susan of St. Albans. Grandchildren, Lindsay Kopco, Lauren Kopco Bryant both of St. Petersburg, Florida, Michelle Given Moore and husband Larry of Belmont, North Carolina, Jeffrey A. Given and his fiancé Rachel Straight of Cross Lanes. Great grandchildren, Brayden and Casen Moore of Belmont, North Carolina. He is also survived by his sister Doris Jeanne Lampton of Oakridge, Tennessee.
Visitation will be Saturday, January 31 from6 to 8 PM at Highlawn Baptist Church, 2304 Jefferson Ave. St. Albans. Funeral services will be Sunday February 1, at 2:00 PM at the Highlawn Baptist Church with Pastor Mark Stauffer officiating. Burial will follow at the Given Family Cemetery at Elkview, West Viginia. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Highlawn Baptist Church Memorial Fund or Hospice of Kanawha Valley or the charity of your choice