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“Calvin and I were so shocked an saddened to learn of Jeff's untimely death. We have followed his career for years including a colt purchase by...Read More »
1 of 96 | Posted by: Renee Crawford - Dallas, NC

“So sorry about the loss lost a very good man ”
2 of 96 | Posted by: Kevin Anderson - Robbins, TN

“So sorry, we have lost a friend of the Tennessee Walking Horse business. Did not know Jeff or his family but had send him show in the Columbia area....Read More »
3 of 96 | Posted by: Joann K. Johnson - Columbia, TN

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4 of 96 | Posted by: H. L. Wilkinson - Lascassas, TN

“So sorry to hear of Jeff's passing. We will keep the family in our prayers. ”
5 of 96 | Posted by: David & Betty Renegar - TN

“Proud to have known Jeff, even tho briefly. May peace and grace of God be with his family always. ”
6 of 96 | Posted by: Ann King - Kaufman, TX

“Our prayers are with you all at this difficult time. So sorry for your loss. ”
7 of 96 | Posted by: Billy & Sherri Rambo - TN

“Our deepest sympathy to your family, our heart aches for you. Ma happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. Jim and Ann Burkhalter ”
8 of 96 | Posted by: Ann Burkhalter - Christiana, TN

“We am so sorry for your loss. Jeff will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We feel blessed to have known him. Each of you are in our...Read More »
9 of 96 | Posted by: Cathy Robbins Stacy - Cookeville, TN

“Sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and your family. From a distant cousin on the Weatherly side. I came to your farm with Lytle when doing...Read More »
10 of 96 | Posted by: Carole Murdock - Joelton, TN

“To the family of Jeff Givens, Our thoughts and prayers with you during this time of your loss. Jeff was always a gentleman, a good horse trainer and...Read More »
11 of 96 | Posted by: Kenneth Carr - Bethpage, TN

“Harold Dean and Alice, I have fallen away from the horse business to a great degree since Dad passed and do not get to see a lot of the people I...Read More »
12 of 96 | Posted by: Holli (Rowland) Corn - TN

“Thoughts and prayers are with your family. God bless you! ”
13 of 96 | Posted by: jamie wiley - KY

“Deborah, Christopher, Kelsey and MR and Mrs Givens. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Jeff, he was a great husband,father, son and man. I know...Read More »
14 of 96 | Posted by: Robin Bailey - Shelbyville, TN

“Debbie and family: My sympathy to you all on the loss of your husband, father, and son. May God comfort you during this sad time. ”
15 of 96 | Posted by: Nancy Garner - Murfreesboro, TN

“Debbie & Kelsey, I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you & your family in my thoughts & prayers. ”
16 of 96 | Posted by: Rebecca Henry

“Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. My wife and I were on the scene immediatly after the accident and although we did not personally know...Read More »
17 of 96 | Posted by: Rob Armstrong - KY

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Jeff. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Prayers, Mike Miller & Crissy...Read More »
18 of 96 | Posted by: Mike Miller - Dandridge, TN

“I am sorry for your loss. May God hold in close and comfort you in this time. My prayers. And thoughts are wit you. ”
19 of 96 | Posted by: Diane Morton - Murfreesboro

“I only met Jeff briefly when we came to his barn several years ago to look at one of hid palomino studs but I have watched him in the show rings for...Read More »
20 of 96 | Posted by: Sara Plemons - Kingston, TN

“Harold Dean, Alice and Debbie, I was heartbroken to hear of Jeff's accident and passing. My children, Stephanie, Prentiss and especially Trey Holt...Read More »
21 of 96 | Posted by: Shirley Holt Chery - Mount Juliet, TN

“I will always remember the conversations I had with Jeff our lunches during the Trainer Banquet, popcorn at horse shows and the times he would come...Read More »
22 of 96 | Posted by: Jerry Harris - Tullahoma, TN

“Debbie and family, We will keep you and your family in our prayers. ”
23 of 96 | Posted by: William & Betty Jamison - TN

“Debbie, I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family, especially through these difficult times. ”
24 of 96 | Posted by: Lisa Barrett Caldwell - TN

“We are so sorry to hear about Jeff and the accident. May you find peace in knowing Jeff was a child of GOD. ”
25 of 96 | Posted by: John D. & Lou Ellen Nichols - TN

“We are saddened by this great loss. Jeff was a favorite and we cheered him on. He was a hard worker and the proof was in the blue ribbons. We will...Read More »
26 of 96 | Posted by: David Whitt Family - Fayetteville, TN

“Harold & family and wife Debbie' I have known Jeff for a long time. I went to ride at the McGreggors near Jeffs barn He would always talk to me I...Read More »
27 of 96 | Posted by: Yvonne Griffith - Lewisburg, TN

“I did not know Jeff, but I do know that he did a good deed for a friend of a friend, just because he could. He was nice enough to help out a...Read More »
28 of 96 | Posted by: Lori R. - OH

“To The Givens Family, Judy and I were saddened to hear of your loss. Jeff was always very friendly and we enjoyed his visits to shows in the...Read More »
29 of 96 | Posted by: Tom Gould - Dallas, TX - Friend

“Harold Dean and family, I am so sorry for your loss, you all are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
30 of 96 | Posted by: Kenneth Lester - Montgomery, AL

“To the Givens family Wife,Children,Parents and Kenneth. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace with your faith and each other and your...Read More »
31 of 96 | Posted by: Theresa Van Vliet - Murfreesboro, TN

“I was deeply saddened by all that has happened with Jeff's passing. He was the such a nice person and I know that there was no one like him. I was...Read More »
32 of 96 | Posted by: Betty Smith - Brunswick, TN

“We have known Jeff since he was a child. He always made us laugh. We all will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are that God will heal our broken...Read More »
33 of 96 | Posted by: Dick & Joyce Myers - Shelbyville, TN

“Jeff taught me alot about the TWH business and trained my 1st TWH mare for me.......actually she was the last TWH colt he ever tried to train.........Read More »
34 of 96 | Posted by: Holly Thrasher Schroeder - TN

“We are so saddened by the loss of Jeff. Horseshows will never be the same. Sending prayers for the family to feel comforted and at peace in the...Read More »
35 of 96 | Posted by: Glenn and Debby Myers - Rockwall, TX

“I remember Jeff as a great trainer, he & my dad Bud Byrom use to show colts together Sorry for your loss, you are all in my prayers Jeanette Byrom...Read More »
36 of 96 | Posted by: Jeanette Byrom Gardner - GA

“I'm so very sorry to hear of Jeff's untimely death. He was a leader as a trainer in showing what a beautiful animal a walking horse is. He will be...Read More »
37 of 96 | Posted by: Anne Christeson - Franklin, TN

“Dear Kelsey and family,I am so sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. You are a strong...Read More »
38 of 96 | Posted by: Kaitlyn Hammond - Mufreesboro, TN

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Jeff was such a nice man. He always spoke to us at shows. He will sadly be missed. ”
39 of 96 | Posted by: Charla and Jody brannon - TN

“Debbie, I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
40 of 96 | Posted by: Liz Taylor - Murfreesboro, TN

“May your life forever shine! To his family, I'm truly sorry for your loss and I pray that God will be with you each day. I pray God will give you...Read More »
41 of 96 | Posted by: Ellie - NC

“A good man gone too soon...he shall never be forgotten. ”
42 of 96 | Posted by: Lisa McBride - Batesville, AR

“We send you our prayers and condolences for we know he is in heaven walking and riding with angels ”
43 of 96 | Posted by: Flo and Weldon Vineyard - FL

“We are very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. ”
44 of 96 | Posted by: Michael and Brooke Burton - TN

“We are so sorry for your loss. Praying you'll find comfort in the Almighty and peace in the warm memories. "May angels walk with you today." ”
45 of 96 | Posted by: Dwight and Marlene Lawson - TN

“I have met many good people over the years from middle Tennessee thru the walking horse industry but I can say that Jeff Givens was my closest friend...Read More »
46 of 96 | Posted by: Sam & Dana Hamilton - Mt Vernon, KY

“I used to show with Jeff,he was a great and kind man .May God hold all the family in his arms and comfort each one of you. ”
47 of 96 | Posted by: Brenda Couture - lewisburg, TN

“Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your lossour thoughts are with Jeff Given's family during this difficult time. Today and always, may...Read More »
48 of 96 | Posted by: melissa tittle - Lanett, AL

“You are forever loved ”
49 of 96 | Posted by: David and DeeDee Polk - Midland, NC

“Mr. Harold and Mrs. Alice, I am so sorry for your lost of Jeff, he will be sadly missed for all us fans of his. I am out of state working and wish I...Read More »
50 of 96 | Posted by: Tommy Halmontaller - Manchester, TN

“My heart aches and cries tears for all of you. A good man gone too soon...he shall never be forgotten. Deedy Decker ”
51 of 96 | Posted by: Deedy Decker - Shelbyville, TN

“Our family sends you sincere sympathy in your tragic loss. Mr. Givens was a nice person and formidable competitor. We will miss him in the Walking...Read More »
52 of 96 | Posted by: Vera White - Lebanon, TN

“So sorry, keeping you & your family in our thoughts. ”
53 of 96 | Posted by: Kim & Johnny Taylor - Bradyville, TN

“I only met Jim a few times but knew some of the family. My prayers go out to Kelsey and the entire family. ”
54 of 96 | Posted by: Dennis Jungman - Smyrna, TN

“Jeff was always so kind to make space for me and the horses when we needed to come to middle TN. We would sit and talk about how we started out with...Read More »
55 of 96 | Posted by: Leslie Starkey - Fredericktown, MO

“Our hearts are broken. God Bless. ”
56 of 96 | Posted by: Harrell and Eldridge Brawner - AR

“You will be deeply missed Jeff! Take care of those three beautiful horses that accompanied you across the bridge. Walk On!! ”
57 of 96 | Posted by: D Norris - Berlin, PA - Friend

“Jeff... You were such a sweet and kind person... You will be greatly missed in the Walking horse world... And you were a great friend... Going to...Read More »
58 of 96 | Posted by: Emily Arden Cook - Riceville, TN

“Dear Family, We are lifting you all up in prayer. Jeff was a wonderful man, father, trainer and was such a special friend. We want you to know that...Read More »
59 of 96 | Posted by: BAUCOM STABLES - MONROE, NC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. The world has lost a fine man. Jeff was a great asset to the TWH industry. ”
60 of 96 | Posted by: Roy and Linda Wagner - Friend

“To Jeff's family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Jeff was one of my first friends when I moved to TN 20 years ago, and always will be. God...Read More »
61 of 96 | Posted by: Kathy Huff - Rochester, NY

“May God bless each of you. Our prayer is that you feel God's presence with you. Jeff was a special part of our life, and will truly be missed. ...Read More »
62 of 96 | Posted by: Chad Baucom Stables and Family - NC

“Wendell and Kristi Kirkpatrick will miss the gentle giant greatly! The Givens family is in our prayers. ”
63 of 96 | Posted by: Wendell and Kristi Kirkpatrick - MO

“May the precious memories of your loved one be a comfort to you now, and may it help to know that many thoughts are with you in your sorrow. Jeff...Read More »
64 of 96 | Posted by: Jill & Jim Goostree - Franklin, KY

“To the Givens family, There are very few people who when you meet them that you know in an instant the person one of great character, honest,...Read More »
65 of 96 | Posted by: Susan Greene - Nashville, TN

“I am truly sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you days to come. God Bless Your Family ”
66 of 96 | Posted by: Bonnie - Bryson City, NC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this terrible time. Jeff was a great person who always made a person feel special. He was a great...Read More »
67 of 96 | Posted by: Brian and Kim Nichols - Sparta, MO

“So sorry for your loss. Jeff was a great man and will be greatly missed in the TWH industry. Prayers and blessings. The Monty Miller Family ”
68 of 96 | Posted by: Barbara Miller

“I am praying for all of you. So sorry to hear this. ”
69 of 96 | Posted by: Donna Olsen - Murfreesboro, TN

“Mr. Givens is the finest model class trainer/exhibitor in the country. He will be missed. ”
70 of 96 | Posted by: Mike Davis

“Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Jeff was a great guy. He work very hard with the 4h to keep the kids educated on what a great breed we have....Read More »
71 of 96 | Posted by: Cindy Griffy - Shelbyville, TN

“Our family is so sadden by the loss of Jeff. He had a heart of gold and was always helping other out. Know that the smile he always had will now...Read More »
72 of 96 | Posted by: Linda Wilson - Bell Buckle, TN

“Jim and I send our love, thoughts and prayers your way for comfort, strength and a desire to go on. May God help, comfort and strengthen you at this...Read More »
73 of 96 | Posted by: Jim and Jenny Funk - Middletown, OH

“I met Jeff in June of 2012 when he judged the West Liberty, Ky. Kiwanis Club Charity Horse Show for us. He was a good guy, and we were saddened to...Read More »
74 of 96 | Posted by: Langley Franklin - West Liberty, KY

“I am so sorry for your loss, when someone uses the word friend jeff is the name that comes up.If he could help you he would. May God help you find...Read More »
75 of 96 | Posted by: Terry Martin - Murfreesboro, TN

“Jim and I are heart broken for the loss of this great horse trainer. We had the opportunity to have our mares at Jeff's barn for awhile and travel...Read More »
76 of 96 | Posted by: Jim and Jenny Funk - Middletown, OH

“My family knew Jeff from the time I was a baby. He was a wonderful man. Praying for peace for the family. R.I.P. Jeff, you will be missed. ”
77 of 96 | Posted by: Susan Beveridge DeViney - NC

“I met Jeff early on in my showing career of TWH..pleasant soul he was :) He helped me learn the way to show in model classes with my young mare in...Read More »
78 of 96 | Posted by: Melanie Hudgins - Atlanta, GA

“Debbie, Chris, Kelsey, Alice and Harold Dean, Words can never convey the sympathy we have for your family. We are heartbroken for you and so very...Read More »
79 of 96 | Posted by: Freda Dean - Lewisburg, TN

“Just to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry for your loss.. ”
80 of 96 | Posted by: Butch and Janie Campbell - TN

“My deepest sympathy goes out to Harold Dean, Ms. Alice, and Kelsey. No one could present a horse in the ring like Jeff could. Jeff always had time...Read More »
81 of 96 | Posted by: Char Johnson - Murfreesboro, TN

“Dear Family, please know we are lifting you up in prayer. Jeff was always so nice and pleasant to be around. He left his mark on the Tennessee...Read More »
82 of 96 | Posted by: Karen and Duane Rector - KY

“To Jeff's immediate family and to his parents - there just are NO words to describe the impact that Jeff had on the TWH industry, to people in this...Read More »
83 of 96 | Posted by: Ola Archer - Elora, TN - Friend

“I am so sorry for your loss. ”
84 of 96 | Posted by: Ray Caughman - Lawrenceville, GA

“We send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Jeff. He was a wonderful horseman all around and will be sorrowfully missed by so many....Read More »
85 of 96 | Posted by: Larry Taylor - Brentwood, TN

“sorry for the loss of a good friend,son,husband and a father and a brother he was a good man may he rest high on that moutian RIP JEFF ”
86 of 96 | Posted by: anita hale - murfreesboro, TN

“Jeff, you are deeply missed by so many. Thank you for the memories throughout the years! As a trainer, we appreciated your hard work and the care...Read More »
87 of 96 | Posted by: Lamar, Doris & Vickie Penick - SC

“Our prayers are with your family in these sad times. May God give you peace and comfort. ”
88 of 96 | Posted by: Brock and Rebecca Felton - AR

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jeff's family an friends. He will be greatly missed... ”
89 of 96 | Posted by: Deon Ball - Cincinnati, IA

“My heart aches for you over the loss of a wonderful man. He has touched so many lives and left an indelible mark on each one. In all my years of...Read More »
90 of 96 | Posted by: Candee Newman - OK

“So sadden to hear about Jeff. He was a great guy and so successful in his chosen industry. We are out of town but our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
91 of 96 | Posted by: Ronnie and Rosaline Knight - TN

“Jeff was a great guy, RIP Jeff we will miss you ”
92 of 96 | Posted by: Bethany Cole - Senatobia

“My heart goes out to your family for this devastating loss. You were an awesome person who grew to be a very well-known horse trainer and competitor...Read More »
93 of 96 | Posted by: Lisa Cooper Rice - Cookeville, TN

“Debbie, Christopher and Kelsey, We are so very sorry for the loss of such an awesome man. Timmy thought the world of Jeff and shod horses for him...Read More »
94 of 96 | Posted by: Timmy and Jamie Graham - TN

“Diane and I are so sorry for your loss. Jeff was not only our friend but a friend to the entire Walking Horse Industry. His contributions to the...Read More »
95 of 96 | Posted by: Eric and Diane Lackey - NC

“He was the best man. RIP Jeff Givens. See the angels ”
96 of 96 | Posted by: Kim Huff - Rochester, NY

Jeffrey Lee Givens, age 51, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2013. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church of Woodbury and a horse trainer. He was a native and lifelong resident of Rutherford County.

Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents, Buford and Daisy Givens and William "Doc" and Gladys Sledge; uncles, Billy Sledge and Lytle Givens; aunt, Jane Sledge; cousins, Angela Sledge Jamison and William Comer "Little Bill" Sledge. He is survived by his parents, Harold Dean and Alice Givens; wife, Debbie Robinson Givens; son, Christopher Lee Givens of Murfreesboro; daughter, Kelsey Leigh Givens of Murfreesboro; uncles, Dudley Sledge and Kenneth Givens; aunt, Sandra Givens; cousins, Cindy Sledge Pinegar; Brenda Sledge Harris; and Cherry Sledge Nolan .

Chapel service will be Friday, October 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Darrell Whaley, Jack Heffington speaker and Rev. Bobby Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Kevin Gower, Rob Brainard, Newton Parks, Ray Gilmer, Dewayne Cawthorn, Chuck Witherspoon, Vance Warren and Keith Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Allen Price, Sylvester Skierkowski, Charlie Nichols, Jack Heffington, Bruce Todd, Bud Seaton, Joe Cotton, Daryl Knox, Tim Taylor, Billy Morgan, David Mason, and Buddy Black.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 10, 2013, 3:00-9:00 PM at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home; 820 South Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130; 615-893-2422. Please leave condolences at www.jenningsandayers.com.

Donations can be made to the Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum, 27 Main St, PO Box 572, Wartrace, TN 37183.

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