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Rev. Gary Livingston

Reverend Gary Landis Livingston, 76, of Cedartown, GA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 6, 2022 surrounded by his loving family.

Reverend Livingston was born July 9, 1945 in Johnson City, TN, to his parents: Joseph B. Livingston and Mary G. Livingston. At the age of 18 Gary began his ministry through evangelism with his brother, Dean Livingston. For two years, they traveled across the country singing and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

From 1965 to 1967 Gary served his country in the United States Army. On June 17, 1967, he married the love of his life, Brenda Bonds, to whom he had been married for 54 years.

In 1973 Gary, Brenda, and their son, Greg, established Rome’s first Apostolic Church near Mount Alto in Rome, Georgia. In 1978 the church bought property and built the shrine at 3213 Cave Spring Road.

The church flourished, and the Family Life Center was built in 2003 to accommodate growing student ministries. Under Gary’s leadership, countless people have come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Although he was devoted to his congregation, his greatest joy in life was his family. To his wife, he was his best friend. To his son and daughter-in-law, Ricki, he was a wise and caring father. For the past three decades he was known as Papa.

He cherished time with his grandsons, Alex and Connor. That love expanded with the addition of a loving granddaughter, Beth, and her great-grandsons Andy, Liam and Colby.

His humor and quick wit always made people laugh, no matter how difficult the circumstances. His integrity and humble character were unmatched. He always had a kind and encouraging word for everyone he met, offered with a peaceful and gentle spirit.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers: the Reverend Darrell Livingston and the Reverend Dean Livingston.

Gary is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Brenda Bonds Livingston, his son, the Reverend Greg Livingston and his wife, Ricki. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Connor Livingston, Alex Livingston and his wife, Beth, great grandchildren: Andy Livingston, Liam Livingston and Colby Livingston, brother, Dwight Livingston and his wife, Jeannie, sister, Marsha Linkous and her husband, Steve and a number of loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

In accordance with the wishes of the family and due to the restrictions related to the Covid, a private service for the family will take place. The service will be chaired by Reverend Greg Livingston with accolades presented by Alex Livingston, Connor Livingston and Reverend Gary Sheriff.

Bearers of “Paw” include Alex Livingston, Connor Livingston, Rodd Loudermilk, Alan Loudermilk, Carl Gable, Johnny Gable and Johnny Worthy. A celebration of his life will be scheduled later for all who loved him.

Smith & Miller Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Reverend Gary Landis Livingston.

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