Orie Givens III

Orie Givens III, 68, born on Sept. 9, 1950, left this earth surrounded by loved ones to be with his heavenly father on Oct. 19, 2018 after a short and valiant fight with leukemia.

Orie was a healer, a dreamer, an artist and an avid fisherman who lived his entire life in Columbus. He loved spending time with his children and his girlfriend Constance, helping people and writing on his book projects.


Orie was dedicated to his work in mental health and substance abuse treatment, helping many in his lifetime achieve sobriety and wellness. He overcame many obstacles in life motivating him to receive his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, and master’s degree from the University of Dayton focused on substance abuse and mental health counseling. Orie most recently worked as a counselor helping youth at Sequel Pomegranate in Columbus.


Orie was also very active in the recovery community for nearly 30 years, involved regularly in meetings and events across the city. He was a friend, sponsor, meeting secretary, recovery coach and confidante to many on their journey to maintaining sobriety.  


In addition to his passion to help people, his talent for creating beautiful fashions leaves an impression upon many across the city he called home. He loved to hold style shows featuring his latest original designs.


Orie was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Mae Hayden Coffman Givens; beloved caretaker Margaret Turner; father, Orie Givens II; aunts Lorene Peters and Ruby Smith. He leaves behind four children, Tina Smith-Comedy, Delando Troy Smith, Orie Givens IV and Nelson (Cecily) Givens; his aunts Essie (Walter) Richardson and Louise (Jim) Browder; sisters Jean Wilks-Williams, Jane Simon, Diana Stockton, Mary Coffman-Fair; brother Dwayne Coffman; grandchildren Delando Jr., Nicole, Kayonna, DeLando, Kamau, Ebony, Olujimi and Victoria; and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family, friends and loved ones.


A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Sunday, October 28th. Family will welcome visitors beginning at 5:00 PM at the Marlon Gary Chapel of Peace on 5456 E. Livingston Ave, Columbus. Memorial service beginning at 6pm. A sober gathering of family and friends will follow the memorial at 7:00p at VFW Post 3754 1757 E. Livingston Avenue.

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  1. My condolences to family at this very sad time. Your dad was a wonderful man. He always had a beautiful smile and words of encouragement. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Irish J. Richardson

    To the Givens family. My heart is with you and your family at this time of your loss. There is comfort in knowing God’s promises about the resurrection hope. (Acts 24:16) and (John 5:28,29) In the past God has resurrected humans and He is eager to do it again because He hates death. (Mark 5:41-43) I would like to discuss more with you about God’s promises. Feel free to contact me at (614) 870-2979. Love Your Neighbor Irish J. Richardson. Please call

  3. My deepest condolences for the death of your dear Mr. Givens, III. May you find comfort knowing that others are mourning with you.  The God of heavens feels your pain (Ezekiel 18::32).  He wants to comfort you (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).  He will sooth your broken hearts and give you hope for a marvelous future (Psalm 34:18; Psalm 37:11, 29). The free website, JW.ORG, has more verses of comfort and hope, which I visit often over the years.  It is my sincere wish that it will help you as well.  May His peace be with all of you (Philippians 4:6-7). 

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I knew Orie for over 21 years and was glad he was my friend. I will miss him too.

  5. So sorry for lost of your loved one, sending my condolence to all family and friends RIP Orie may God bless you all.

  6. My prayers and sincere condolences to the family. May God continue to lead you, guide you , and comfort you during your time of sorrow. Rest In Peace Orie

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