Beloved parents, Donald "Don" James Livengood, 84, and (Thetus) Margaret Trexler Livengood, 80, both of Salisbury, passed peacefully into Eternity, holding hands on Monday, August 15, 2016 at Carolinas Medical Center, Northeast in Concord, NC. They walked into the Pearly Gates just as they lived — together, so to have their eternal homegoing together was a blessed culmination of their precious love story.
Margaret was born on June 15, 1936 in Rowan County, NC to the late Cletus Adam Trexler, Sr. and Mildred Earnhardt Trexler, and was raised by her aunt, Minnie Trexler Stiller and her husband. She was a 1954 graduate of Granite Quarry High School and Salisbury Business College. Margaret was employed at Stanback Company when she met Don, who was her "Darling" and the love of her life. She retired from the Rowan Baptist Association after 20 years of faithful service, was a member of the Rowan Baptist Associational Support Team and a charter member of the North Carolina Baptist Secretaries' Conference. In her earlier career, Margaret worked at Granite Quarry Elementary School as a Teacher's Aide with Special Education and at the Rowan Enrichment Center and Social Services, and was a Cub Scout leader. Margaret was an active member of First Baptist Church of Salisbury, and loved her church dearly. In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by sister, Annie Mae Trexler Shepherd; brothers-in-law, Hugh Harold Shepherd and Bill Downum; and brother, James "Jim" Trexler.
Don was born on April 21, 1932 to the late Preston James "PJ" and Bessie Faggart Livengood in China Grove, NC. Don was a 1950 graduate of China Grove High School and was an Outstanding Athlete in football, baseball, and basketball. He honorably served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and was Office Manager for Stanback Company (where he met his "Darling") for over 40 years before retiring in 1994. He was an active member of his beloved First Baptist Church of Salisbury and was currently serving as a Deacon. Don passionately and proudly served in the Granite Quarry Civitan Club with 58 years perfect attendance and received NC District West Civitan Honor Key, Granite Quarry Civitan Club Honor Key, Victory Junction Foundation Fellow of the Civitan International Research Center for Extraordinary Contributions in Leadership and Community Service, Numerous Citizen of the Year Awards, NC District West Civitan Humanitarian Award, NC District West Distinguished Civitan of the Year, Granite Quarry Civitan Club President, International Civitan Distinguished President Award, Civitan of the Year Award, Outstanding Civitan Club Treasure Award, Outstanding Civitan Club Secretary Award, NC District West Civitan Executive Board, and was a Civitan International Medallion Member. Don was a co-founder of the Granite Quarry Civitan Fiddler's Convention and was to be the Honoree at this year's 50th Convention, having served for 50 years as Fiddler's Convention Coordinator/ Chairman. He also had served as Rowan Industrial Management Club President. Don is survived by his uncle, Tommy "Tom" Livengood and wife, Mary of Las Vegas, NV. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his sister, Marvie "Toad" Livengood Slone and niece, Diane Mishack.
Don and Margaret are survived by their daughter and caregiver, Patricia "Pattie" Livengood Beaver and husband, Walter of Salisbury, NC and beloved Grandcat, Morris; sons, David James Livengood and wife, Susan Pennell Livengood of Salisbury, NC, and Wayne Livengood and wife, Genna of Rockwell, NC; granddaughters, Beth Bost and husband, Heath of Kannapolis, NC, and Callie Livengood; grandsons, Brandon Livengood and wife, Jerrica of Sigonella, Italy, and Michael David Livengood of Salisbury, NC; great-granddaughters, Haleigh Bost and Hannah Bost; great-grandsons, Chase Livengood and Dylan Livengood; sister, Faye Trexler Downum of Salisbury; brothers, Buddy Trexler and wife, Nancy of Gold Hill, and Roy Trexler and wife, Judy of Salisbury, NC; nieces and nephews, Sherri Trexler of Salisbury, NC; Luke Shepherd and wife, Jan of Greensboro, NC; Leila Shepherd Stennett and husband, Paul of Bend, OR; Tobin Shepherd and wife, Beverly of Lexington, NC; Ellen Shepherd Micono and husband, Jeff of Albuquerque, NM; Wes, Kevin and Jeff Brady; Jimmy and Gary Trexler; Tonya Trexler Daniels and husband, Stephen of Salisbury, NC; Tina Trexler and Tammy Trexler Winstead of TN; Matthew and Mark Trexler and Janie Trexler Fraley; Robbin Trexler Baird; Donny Trexler of Banner Elk, NC; the late Lisa Gay Trexler; and Sonny Trexler and Gail Trexler Fincher.
A service celebrating the lives of Margaret and Don will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Salisbury, led by Dr. Kenneth Lance; Rev. Bill Hallman; Chaplain Denise Hopper of Carolinas Medical Center, Northeast; Rev. Rod Kerr; Rev. Brian Farmer; and Rev. Russ Robbins, with music by Vivian Hopkins & Montgomery & Co.; Leslie Rich; and First Baptist Church of Salisbury choir. The Granite Quarry Civitan Club and the Deacons of First Baptist Church of Salisbury will be seated together.
Visitation will be held at Powles Staton Funeral Home on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Salisbury National Cemetery (Statesville Boulevard, Salisbury, NC) with Military Graveside Rites provided by the United States Navy and the Rowan County Honor Guard. At other times, the family will receive friends at the family home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church of Salisbury, 223 North Fulton Street, Salisbury, NC 28144 or to the "Don and Margaret Livengood Memorial Excellence in Bluegrass Music Award" which will be an annual award to an outstanding youth performer during the Granite Quarry Civitan Fiddler's Convention and presented by Pattie and Walter Beaver.
The family is eternally grateful to the dedicated and loving staff of Carolinas Medical Center, Northeast Internal Pulmonary Unit; Concord Internal Medicine; Intensive Care Unit; Pastoral Care; Levine Cancer Institute; Palliative Care; CMC Healthy at Home; and friends who have assisted with the care of our parents.
"To my family, I love you all!! Please don't mourn for me at my death. Have a service of praise and thanks. My faith and trust is in Jesus Christ, not only in my earthly life but throughout eternity. Love, Daddy. My greatest desire is that all of you believe in Jesus Christ as God's Son and receive Jesus' gift of forgiveness from sin (John 3:16)."
Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the family of Don and Margaret Livengood. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.