November 13, 2023


James Jay Biven, age 54, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 6, 1969, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He was the son of James E. Biven and Clara C. Biven and was the fourth of five children.

Jay loved the Lord accepting Christ at an early age.  Jay attended and graduated from Pike Township schools. He participated in track, orchestra and on the basketball team as a manager.

Jay was a kind-hearted soul who never met a stranger.  His kids would always say, “Dad we can’t go anywhere without you knowing somebody. Who do you not know?” Like his father, he was extremely gifted; he could literally do and be anything the situation required from a handy man to a good friend who could mend a broken heart.

During his professional life he held many positions as an Administrative Assistant with The Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Pike Township Special Education Department, Eli Lilly and Company, and more recently Comfort Keepers.

Jay had a passion for serving the Lord and singing. At First Baptist Church, he held leadership positions in the Youth Fellowship and the Junior Ushers. He sang in many choirs including: First Baptist Church, Rodney Bryant & The Christian Community Mass Choir, where he made many friends and traveled the country, and Christ Church Apostolic. He served as a Deacon at Universal Ministries Worldwide, attended Temple of Praise, Cathedral of Praise, with the last stop of his journey at Tree of Life Apostolic Church. 

Jay was preceded in death by his parents, James E. Biven and Clara C. Biven.

He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Azaria Simone Biven, Aislynn Synclair Biven, and Jaysan Marcelle Biven; his former spouse, Sandra Smith-Biven; four siblings, Robert Biven, Jacyra Norman, Donna Howard, and Corey Biven, a host of aunts and uncles, many nieces and nephews, cousins and many of his children’s friends, who called him dad.


Humbly Submitted…………...…..The Family


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November 25, 2023

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church
4701 N. Central Avenue
Indianapolis, IN

Celebration of Life
November 25, 2023

12:00 PM
First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church
4701 N. Central Avenue
Indianapolis, IN


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