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Cynthia Leigh Maxwell Givens-Harris

Cynthia Leigh Maxwell Givens-Harris passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the age of 64 years.  Cindy was born on September 6, 1956 in Ft. Gordon, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert Carson and Dorthie (Judy) Brown Maxwell of Carthage.

Survived by husband Randy Harris of Gladeville; daughter Kathryn and husband Dusten Rose of Austin, TX; son Jared Givens and fiancée, Katie Lee of Gladeville and grandchild, Addilyn Grace; brothers, Russell Maxwell and wife Cindy of Gladeville, John Maxwell and wife, Barbara of Carthage, and Daniel Maxwell and wife Kristi of Gladeville. Stepsons, Ty Harris and wife Sarah of Bradenton, FL and Ryan Harris and wife Faith of Nashville. Step grandchildren Daisy, Pippa and Tessa Harris. Near stepdaughter Kellie Eakes and children Karleigh, Kelseigh and Lily; nieces Anna Maxwell Tongate, Sarah and Morgan Maxwell, nephews Jacob and Connor Maxwell, as well as numerous other close relatives and special friends.

Cindy was a proud graduate of Tennessee Tech University where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Special Education. Teaching was her passion. She taught for 40 years in Smith and Wilson Counties, being recognized as Teacher of the Year on numerous occasions.  She was devoted and extremely proud of her children.  She loved her family and instilled in them strong values and work ethics that have served them well. Cindy was happiest spending time with her children and while teaching.  She was a member of Gladeville United Methodist Church.

Cindy and Randy knew each other for over 30 years when they married on December 12, 2011, both finally finding the love of their life. She is deeply loved by the Harris family.

Retiring in 2018, she was enjoying retirement, traveling, working on the house and with her plants in the yard, and spending time with her grandchildren. “Grams” and “Nana” will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be held at Gladeville United Methodist Church, 8770 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 on Wednesday, September 16th from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 6:00 p.m. with Bro. Brad Holliman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Historic Granville Tennessee, P.O. Box 26, Granville, TN 38564, www.granvilletn.com.

Those attending are asked to please wear a mask.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142   www.ligonbobo.com

Messages for the Family

  1. Janet Sanderson Bailey says:
    We are so sorry. She was always a ray of sunshine. May God bless you and give you strength.
    • Cheryl Clemons Lankford says:
      I’m so sorry for your loss. Cindy was a wonderful person. I went to school with her at Smith County High. Prayers for the family and friends
      • Cookie Oldham Boze says:
        We were friends since we were 5. Loved her! I have so many wonderful memories that I hold dear. What a sweet and special person. My sympathy to all of the family.
  2. Willard Ronald Chaffin says:
    My sympathy to her family. She was a beautiful person in every way.
  3. Gloria de Keyzer says:
    She was very helpful and sweet to me when I worked with her at MJCA.
  4. Kristin Sagerholm says:
    Mrs. Cindy was one of my favorite teachers and made lasting memories and a huge impact on my life. I will miss running into to you when i’m home on Central Pike. Sending all of our love and prayers.
  5. David and Elaine Harper says:
    David and I met Cindy when we joined Gladeville United Methodist Church back in 95. Became fond of her and the children and family there in the church. She was a lady of many talents strong convictions and faithful to her church and Lord. We will miss your infectious smile and her sweet nature. Rest in peace Cindy.
  6. Helen McPeak says:
    Prayers for the whole family. My heart breaks and I will sure miss Cindy but I have lots of good memories. Rest In Peace my sweet friend.
  7. Sharon Capps says:
    Oh so sorry. She was my daughter’s 4th grade teacher. Thank you to her and Randy for coming to Jim’s service last summer.
  8. Lori Reed Williams says:
    Ms. Givens-Harris was my 4th AND 5th grade teacher and I loved her dearly. She was an amazing teacher and mother and I always saw how much she gave to not only her own children but to all she came across as well. Prayers for Katie and Jared and know your sweet momma made a difference while she was on this earth. I am lucky to have known her! God bless!
  9. Nancy Hackett says:
    I am so sad and sorry that I will not be able to attend. Ms Judy was my dearest friend and I love all the Maxwell family.
  10. jennifer hendrick says:
    Cindy I will never ever forget what a wonderful grandmother you have been to Daisy. You are a truly beautiful person. I love you and miss you so much!
  11. Marilyn Jones says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. Cindy and I were college roommates at Tennessee Tech. It has been several years since I saw her but I treasure many memories that we made at college. I will keep the family in my prayers.
  12. David & Lorrie McDonald says:
    Cindy was a classmate and close friend of mine through high school graduation. My condolences to her family.
    David McDonald
  13. Beverly Banasiewicz says:
    I knew Cindy when we both taught at Gladeville! She was an excellent teacher and I remember our trip to Las Vegas for an AR conference-we had a wonderful time! My love to Katie and Jared and my thoughts and prayers will be with you all!
  14. Ann West says:
    Cindy was loved by everyone ! She was a ray of sunshine. Prayers for all the family.
  15. Sharon and Mike Rice says:
    Randy, I am so happy you two found each other and even though short your time together was precious. Love you my friend.
  16. Vickie Givens says:
    So sorry for your loss. I went to high school with Cindy. I can never remember her being anything but sweet and kind. Loved her! Prayers for all the family.
  17. Allen and Catherine Donaldson says:
    So sorry for your loss. This was way to early. Will always remember she was part of some great girls basketball teams. Russell, John, and Daniel how’d Cindy get the looks and brains of the family. Allen
  18. The Goad Family says:
    So very sorry to hear this sad news.
    Our family loved Ms. Givens.
    Strength, Guidance, Faith and Healing to the Givens/Harris families!
  19. Steve Gibbs says:
    I went to high school with Cindy and she taught my son two years at Gladeville Elm. A great teacher and person!
  20. Jennifer Spence says:
    So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family. My daughter,Sydney, had her in 6th grade at MJMS and thought very highly of her.
  21. Rachel Brooks says:
    Praying for all the family!! Cindy was always so kind and thoughtful with a beautiful smile. I enjoyed talking to her and sharing family stories. She will be missed!! Love her and family!!
  22. Beverly Goad says:
    My thoughts & prayers are with you all. Cindy was always such a sweetheart as was her mom, dad & brothers,
    Beverly Green Goad