Cecil A. Given Jr., 86, Black & Decker employee

November 03, 2003

Cecil A. Given Jr., a 45-year Black & Decker employee and longtime Sparks resident, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 86.

Born in Monkton and raised in Sparks, Mr. Given graduated from Sparks High School in 1935. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II and married Clara Davis in 1941. They divorced in 1952.

In 1952 - after living 11 years in the Lutherville-Towson area - Mr. Given moved back to his childhood home on Sparks Road.

"He just had a love of the country," said his son, Cecil A. Given III of Aurora, Ohio.

In 1967, Mr. Given married Edna Lorraine Vashell.

Mr. Given worked as a chief dispatcher in Black & Decker's production department, retiring in 1981. He also served as president of the Sparks Optimist Club and managed the club's Little League baseball team.

He was an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles and Colts, often discussing game strategies with family and friends and predicting the outcomes of the seasons.

His family said Mr. Given's greatest love was his vegetable and berry garden.

"It was about a fifth of the size of a football field," his son said. "He had everything ... strawberries, currants, raspberries. They jellied and juiced and canned and froze for the entire months of August, September and October."

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Peaceful Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Center, 2325 York Road in Timonium.

In addition to his wife and son, survivors include his daughter Virginia Mowen of Aspers, Pa.; stepdaughters Jeanette Horne of Cockeysville, Kathryn Coen of Stewartstown, Pa., and Sally Terry, Susan Boyer and Barbara Beamer, all of Tennessee; 24 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium 21093.

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