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Bonnie Brister Givens

“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’” Proverbs 31:25-29.
Bonnie Brister Givens, 84, of Jayess, moved from her earthly home to her heavenly home on Nov. 14, 2020. A funeral service was held Nov. 17 at Tilton United Methodist Church in Jayess, with graveside services following in Tilton Cemetery. Bro. Creighton White officiated, with Wilson Funeral Home handling arrangements.
Bonnie was born Oct. 17, 1936, in Jayess, to Talmadge “Cub” Brister and Elnora Bracey Brister. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. Bonnie was a retired county office assistant for Farmers Home Administration. She worked outside the home for 27 years. Before and during working outside the home, Bonnie worked with her husband to build the family farm, rear their children, and maintain an active membership in her church and community. She was a faithful and devoted member of Tilton United Methodist Church in Jayess.
Those preceding her in death were her parents and infant twin sisters, Edith Glyn Brister and Bobby Lyn Brister.
Bonnie is survived by her husband of 65 years, Wallace Louis Givens, of Jayess; daughter, Tammy Fairburn (Howard), of Jayess; son, Wally Givens (Peggy), of Jayess; grandchildren, Heath Fairburn (Tammy), Amanda Sistrunk (Heath), Ellie Bijeaux (Keith), Kaila Stewart (Eric), and Macy Givens; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Betty Deavers and Eleanor Reid.