Surrounded by loved ones, Billy Nelson Livingston, 77, of Gadsden, Alabama, passed into the loving arms of his savior on November 20, 2022 at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia.
There will be a visitation for Billy on Saturday 3 December 2022 from 9:30am to 11:00am at the Collier-Butler Funeral Home, 824 Rainbow Drive, Gadsden, AL 35901 followed by a celebration of life and remembrance at 11:00 a.m. with Chaplain Tommy Hughes officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Billy’s memory to the Whorton Bend Volunteer Fire Department, 2589 Whorton Bend Road, Gadsden, Alabama 35901.
For family members and friends who are unable to attend, the service will also be live streamed at www.collier-butler.com. After the service, please join the family at the Whorton Bend Community Center for a lunch and reception honoring Billy’s life.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Scot Curry, Lance Watkins, Randy Watkins, Dale Robertson, Russell Cleveland, Jeff Prince and Rickey Shaw.
Billy was the older of two boys born to Melvin and Jeppy Livingston. He graduated from Emma Sansom High School in 1963, where he enjoyed his time playing the trumpet in the marching band. In 1964 he married the love of his life, Stephanie Lawder Livingston. They were happily married for almost 48 years until her untimely death in 2010. Billy and Stephanie had a daughter, Kim, in 1965, whom they loved and raised an amazing life for. Shortly after Kim’s birth, Billy began his career at Gulf State Steel and stayed there for 35 years until the plant closed. One job wasn’t enough for Billy so while working at the steelworks he studied at the technical school which led to the founding of Livingston Heating and Cooling in 1972. He grew from a one-man operation to a thriving business earning many sales awards from suppliers. He was particularly proud of repeatedly receiving Alabama Power’s Top Gun Award. When he retired, he sold the company to associates Dale and Paula Robertson. He also enjoyed his time on the board of directors of Etowah Steel Credit Union (Winsouth) and has served in leadership roles with Alabama heating and cooling trade associations. He was a member of Mt. Carmel and Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Gadsden.
Billy has had many hobbies throughout his life including piloting small airplanes, camping, photography, golf, cooking, gardening, travelling, woodworking, cheering on Auburn and caring for stray animals. He was a devoted husband to Stephanie, as well as a great father to Kim and many four-legged pets, but especially Stormie. He was engaging and known for a great sense of humor that drew from life’s crazy and absurd events.
Billy is preceded in death by his parents Melvin Nelson and Jeppy Lee Livingston, his wife Stephanie Sue Lawder Livingston, and four-legged family members Stormie, Shorty, Blackie, JJ, Rosie, and Flipper.
He is survived by his daughter Kim Livingston Stewart and fiancé Scot Curry, brother Jonathan Livingston (Cel), sister-in-law Cindy Lawder Adams and brother-in-law Mitchell Lawder. Billy is also loved by many dear cousins, nieces and nephews and adopted granddaughter Abbie Neely, goddaughter Lexi Hunter, dear friends Becky Watkins, Johelen Short, Frances Phillips, Dale and Paula Robertson, Rickey and Marie Shaw and grandchildren Annie, Lil ‘D and Redi.
The family would like to give a special thank you to the Whorton Bend Community Fire Department who have supported us many times over the years. The professionalism and kindness Dad showed as his health deteriorated was a blessing. We are grateful to the countless healthcare workers who have touched our lives over the past few years. We thank dr. Dallas Wilcox, Dr. Buck and all the staff at Doctors Care, Missy Williams and the staff at Enhabit Home Health and Greg Simpson, Nurse Practitioner, and former Nurse, PT and Home Care at Kindred with all my heart. Special thanks to Floyd Medical Center ER, the nursing teams on the 3rd, 4th and 6th floors, the palliative care group and the amazing ICU staff. Additionally, we are incredibly grateful for the care, humor, and love that the entire staff at Cherokee County Healthcare and Rehab Center in Centre, AL, has shown my father throughout his many stays. The help of special friends Angie Roden Ramey, Richie Short Couch, Amanda and Abbie Neely, Lisa Bond, Dale and Paula Robertson, cousins Ellen Smith and Barbara Griffin Matthews is more appreciated than they know. Also, we are so grateful for the kindness of special neighbors Alice Hunter and Chris and Misty Winter.
Happy memories and expressions of love for the Livingston family can be shared at www.collier-butler.com.
Posted November 28, 2022
Published in the Gadsden Times