OBITUARY

Thomas Spencer Livengood

April 16, 1973July 5, 2019

With his family gathered around him, Rev. Dr. Thomas Spencer Livengood of Atlanta, cherished husband to Nancy and doting father to daughter Skylar and son Gabe, succumbed to cancer on July 5, 2019. He was 46.

Tom was born on April 16, 1973, in Dearborn, Mich., the youngest child of Lou and Nancy (née Wakefield) Livengood. From an early age, he was passionate about reading, studying and teaching God’s word. Tom earned a bachelor’s degree from Adrian College in Adrian, Mich., a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, and a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. Tom’s pastoral philosophy may be summed up in one of his favorite quotes from the German writer Goethe: “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being." An ordained Presbyterian minister, in 2012 he answered God’s call to become a hospice chaplain, providing emotional and spiritual support to terminally ill patients and their families.

Tom met the love of his life, Nancy (née Shippen) Livengood, at a post-church lunch outing with friends. They were engaged just six months later and married on May 25, 2013. Together they enjoyed traveling the world and playing with their two corgis. Tom had an unstoppable energy and spirit and also loved spending time with his children, boating on Lake Lanier, attending classic car shows, and go-kart racing.

In addition to his beloved wife and children, Tom is survived by his parents, Lou and Nancy Livengood of Medina, Ohio, sister Pamela (John) Morgan of Medina, Ohio, brother Steven (Marie) Livengood of the Dominican Republic, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel, 1020 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 10, at 11 a.m. at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Rd. NW, Atlanta. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Orchard Ministries (www.meetorchard.org) or the charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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Melissa Simms-Holcombe

July 10, 2019

Nancy and I have been friends since childhood, and I remember the first time she told me about this new man she had met. Her eyes lit up, and her smile was bright. Nancy and Tom were made for one another. Tom performed our wedding ceremony, and he made it wonderfully special and beautiful. I will remember his beautiful smile, quick wit, and most of all, how he made my beautiful friend Nancy so incredibly happy.

Leon & Phyllis Tidwell

July 8, 2019

We met Tom through Southern Grace Hospice. He had such a sweet spirit .
We enjoyed his visits and our conversations. Saddened to hear of his passing. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13. He is surely in the arms of Jesus.

Tom & Nancy Brady

July 8, 2019

Dear Livengood Family,
It is with heartfelt sadness that we offer our deepest sympathy with news of Tom's passing. You are not alone.
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones." Psalm 116:15
With God's peace and our love,
Tom & Nancy Brady

Roger and Shirley Bickford

July 7, 2019

Lou and Nancy, so sorry to learn of your loss. We were fortunate to witness Tom's dedication to his Lord and his indomitable spirit through his ministry to us at Bremen First Presbyterian Church.

Kenya Feeser

July 7, 2019

I only met Tom once and that was a day before the wedding. But sometimes you only need to meet people once to know what genuine and lovely of a spirit they have. From the brief time I had to talk to him I realized that he really was a beautiful match made for Nancy. I could not have imagined her with anyone else and although he's no longer with her I'm sure that her best days were with him.

Matthew May

July 7, 2019

I knew him simply as T, an affectionate childhood moniker that endured through a long friendship.

T was kind and good. He was the product of a dear and sweet family, found true love, and was a devoted and caring father. He followed his calling with a determination and enthusiasm that were manifested in his ministries, and met by the love and appreciation of those with whom he shared his faith.

T was unforgettable. His death is terrible to contemplate and leaves an aching void in all who loved him. Yet his spirit and the memories and experiences we shared from elementary school days into adulthood left indelible traces that will never fade.

Goodbye, old friend.

Donna Messer

July 6, 2019

Dear Nancy and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. God bless you during this difficult time.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY