Linda Jean (Givens) Ralston

September 11, 1946 ‒ July 01, 2017

Sunbury, Ohio
Formerly of Pineville, Kentucky

Linda Jean (Givens) Ralston, age 70, of Sunbury and formerly of Pineville, Kentucky went to be with her Lord on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

She was born on September 11, 1946 in Pineville, Kentucky the daughter of the late Carl and Helen (Hendrickson) Givens.

Shortly after graduation from Bell County High School Linda married Jack Ralston in September of 1964.  Linda loved Jack dearly; as one family member put it, “the sun rose and set with Jack”.  They loved to travel, taking many trips to Gatlinburg, but her favorite vacation destination was Jamaica.

After Jack’s death in 2006, ever a devoted daughter, Linda stayed in Kentucky caring for her ailing mother, Helen but eventually moved to Ohio to live with her son, John due to her own failing health.

She was a member of West Pineville Baptist Church where she held many roles including, choir member, vacation bible school volunteer, janitor, and Sunday School teacher, her favorite being the 3rd grade girls.  Linda loved the Lord and was a faithful and devoted servant to her Savior.

She had a colorful personality and a of love people.  Those traits reflected in her bold outfits, unique jewelry selections, and her many friends both in Kentucky and at Countryview in Sunbury.

Linda also loved pampering herself with trips to the beauty shop to get a pedicure or have her hair done. She loved shopping and was a collector of “stuff”.

Her family spoke in wonder about her cooking and baking.  They will never forget her pumpkin rolls and her chicken and dumplings.

Her talents also extended into the written word.  Linda enjoyed poetry and would often write using beautiful calligraphy.

You cannot mention Linda without speaking of her family.  Throughout her life she was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.  Those close to her will forever be grateful for her love and warmth.

She will be missed by her sons and their wives Jeff and Angela of Knoxville, Tennessee and John and Melody of Sunbury, Ohio; four grandchildren Todd Ralston, Gavin (Dana) Ralston, Taylor (Nick) Snyder, Zach Ralston; great grandson James Gillum; brother and their wives Carl Jr. and Violet Givens of Harriman, Tennessee and Doyle and Jes’Anne Givens of Pineville, Kentucky; and last but not least, her canine companion, Coco the Pekapoo.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Jack in 2006.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 3 PM at the West Pineville Baptist Church, 320 5th St, Pineville, Kentucky 40977.  Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Gardens in Middlesboro, Kentucky.  Friends may call on the family from 2 PM until the time of the service.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Linda’s family.  Special memories and condolences can be expressed to them at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Linda’s name can be named to West Pineville Baptist Church or Genoa Baptist Church in Westerville.

  • John my prayers are with you and your family but the Angels are singing in Heaven tonight.

  • Hugs and much love to the whole family. I had the privilege of taking care of Miss Linda when I worked at Countryview. I loved her so much she was a great person. She will be missed by so many. RIP Miss Linda

  • So sorry for the loss of your mom. Linda was a delightful lady that I had the privilege of taking care of. She has touched so many lives with the smile that was in her eyes. Prayers for your family.


  • To the Family,
    I have such fond memories of your mother. She had such an influence on me as a child as my Sunday School teacher. No doubt, I would not be the person I am today without her influence.
    Much love and respect,
    Kelly Jo Montgomery (Werkmeister)

  • Linda was one of those individuals who one never forgets meeting, including myself. She loved to hear me sing “Wind Beneath My Wings” and now, by the Grace of God — at long last — she is granted her own. My heartfelt condolences to all her family and many friends, hoping that fond memories of life with Linda are of comfort at this difficult time.

    • Michael thank you, mom loved you and your kindness, thanks for your words and your friendship

  • Doyle & family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. Another classmate gone too soon.

  • Hugs, thoughts, and prayers. Linda was a wonderful and kind soldier for the Lord. I went to school and church with her in my childhood. Sweet rest and memories…..

  • John and Melody, so sorry for your loss. So happy for you Mon that she is now painfree and it the presence of the Lord Jesus! We love you. Steve and Belinda

  • So sorry for your loss John and Jeff and family. I loved both of your parents so much from our days at West Pineville! Loved singing in the Choir with Linda, I’m sure gonna miss days like that, but know we will be singing a new song together up in Glory! God bless and Comfort this family!

  • John,
    John and I are so very sorry for your loss. Though your hearts are broken, may you and your family find peace and comfort in knowing that she’s home with her Lord and Savior. Can you imagine the songs the angels sang upon her arrival!?

  • My heartfelt condolences to Linda’s family I was fortunate enough to have got the pleasure to take care of her such a very sweet woman always something kind to say very soft-spoken loved everybody she radiated love wherever she was very sorry to hear that she has passed
    Marielaina kanniard

  • We want to express our sincere sympathy on the loss of Linda. So glad we got to meet her and become friends. We all loved her and sorry she is gone, but sure she is in a better place.
    Michael & Gloria Collins

  • The Angels rejoice tonight as they receive a new and beautiful voice in the heavenly choir. I loved this lady. And I am full of sorrow for having lost a family member and friend but knowing I WILL see her again is a comfort to me. All my Love to John and Jeff and my hope is that God grant you peace and comfort in the coming days, weeks and months. You are my family and I love you both very dearly.

  • John and Family,

    Our hearts are with you in these trying times. Your Mom was a great person and will be sadly missed by all. Judy and I will not be able to attend the Services but we will pray that God gives you and your Family Peace and Understanding.

    Bruce & Judy Barber

  • My love and prayers are with the family. I have so many memories of Linda when John was in my class at Ward Chapel.This is such a precious family.

  • Our hearts and prayers are with your family in this time of sorrow. We also rejoice with you in knowing she is with our Lord.

  • John,

    So sorry to hear about your mom passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • We are so sorry to hear about your mom passing. She was such a wonderful and kind woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • We loved you and Jack. We have good memories of you at church. Our love and respect,
    Theo and Sheila Messer

  • Dola Hoskins says:
    July 4, 2017
    8:09 PM
    Jeff, John & family,I was blessed to have known your mom for many years. She was a very sweet lady & I loved her very much. Many years ago as you two were young fellows, I worked at your elementary school, and she was always available & interested in anything she could do to help the school. She loved the Lord and was blessed with two marvelous boys. Praying for you & knowing that you know she is now with those she loved, Jack & her Lord & Savior.

  • John and Jeff I am so sorry to hear about Linda. Your Mom was a wonderful sweet classy lady who truly loved the Lord. I know the Angels are welcoming her home !! I love you all and pray for comfort for you.

  • Dear Ralston family–so sorry for missing the visitation–was prepared to go and husband had physical emergency–A-fib-and we were at the hosp. all day. A fine classmate at Ward Chapel and Bell High–a Proverbs 31 woman–blessings to you all.

  • So sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. I would have loved to come to the visitation. Many Ron memories as classmates at Ward Chapel and Bell High. Prayers for the family.