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Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service

1621 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA

OBITUARY

James Dwight Livingston

July 29, 1945November 29, 2019
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On November 29th, 2019 James (Jim) Dwight Livingston passed away while recovering from surgery.

Throughout his life, Jim has enriched the lives of those that surrounded him. As an elementary school teacher, he had the opportunity to shape the futures of countless children. His efforts in building the foundation of learning resulted in him being awarded "Elementary School Teacher of the Year", reaffirming his impact.

Later in life, Jim took on a new calling and became the first winery owner/operator in Stafford County when he opened Hartwood Winery. The winery, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary, has been foundational in the evolution of the Virginia winemaking industry. Through this work, he was able to establish cherished relationships with customers, volunteers, and employees that will be remembered for a lifetime.

While Jim is no longer with us, his legacy will live on. For the countless children, now in adulthood, leveraging the foundation that he helped build. For the countless people, he impacted through his work in the Virginia winemaking industry. For friends and family. Jim will be remembered dearly and greatly missed.

Memorials may be made in his name in lieu of flowers to the American Heart Association or Alzheimer's Association.

Online condolences may be sent at www.mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com

Services

10 December

Visitation

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service

1621 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

10 December

Celebration of Life

3:00 pm

Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service

1621 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

Memories

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Faye Patterson

December 10, 2019

Dear Beverly and family,
I was saddened when I received the email about Jim’s passing. A couple of years ago, some friends joined Art and me for a visit to the winery. It was such a joyous visit. Our daughters and granddaughter enjoyed going to the winery and being reacquainted with Jim as recently as this fall. Beverly, you and Jim were so gracious and treated us like old family friends. Our daughters remembered Jim from my days as principal at Neabsco Elementary. I will cherish my friendship with Jim and always remember him as an outstanding librarian and leader. He was truly an educator in every sense of the word. Jim will truly be missed. May he rest In Peace!

Catherine Hamm

December 9, 2019

Mr. Livingston came to Quantico High School my senior year and gave me job in the library. He encouraged me to think about going to college when no one else did, even checking my homework and grades to make sure I was progressing in the right direction. His belief in me made a difference in my life. I became a teacher and extended that same concern to all my students. Thank you Mr. Livingston...

Patricia Ferrara

December 8, 2019

When I first arrived at Neabsco Elementary School, after teaching at St. Philip’s for 10 years, one of the first persons I met was Jim. He was always willing to help me and as he often said, “ I will show you the way here at Neabsco!!”
Well, Jim definitely impacted my life & so many others. The students loved going to the library to see Jim & hear his stories & listen to classical music.
Jim will always be watching over his flock.
Bev, you & your family are in my thoughts & prayers during this most difficult time. May the Lord continue to give you strength.
Love,
Patty Ferrara

william brack

December 8, 2019

Jim Livingston's life could be described as heroic, adventurous and compassionate among many other positive attributes. He defeated Polio in his childhood, became a teacher while creating an always-interesting school library, helped guide two step-sons through the shoals and pitfalls of adolescence, and pioneered a wine-yard and wine producing business after retiring from teaching. In the 25 years of our association, Jim seemed to have that mystical quality of drawing people to himself and his projects. Certainly, an uncommon man!

Nancy Brown

December 8, 2019

Jim was the librarian at Quantico High School for a few years. I believe his first year there was also mine in 1972. As an English teacher, I had my students in the library often , and then sometimes I would just drop by just to chat with Jim. He was a wonderful colleague and worked enthusiastically with the students. I am so glad our paths crossed in life. My condolences to his family.
Nancy Brown

Richard Hibshman

December 7, 2019

I taught with Jim at Neabsco Elementary School in Dale City, VA. I remember him as a positive, caring person who always had the best attitude toward people and his students. I send my condolences to his wife and family.

Best regards,
Richard Hibshman
Aiken, SC

Danielle Hatfield Rettew

December 5, 2019

I was one of the many students that had attended Neabsco Elementary back in the late 90s and remember Mr.Livingston as a mentor and one of the best librarians. He never gave you grief about returning a book a bit later than your due date, and he recommended literature he felt we would enjoy even if some faculty felt it would be “above our grade level”. He encouraged you to expand your knowledge and horizons through books and never doubted our intelligence. Thank you Mr.Livingston for being such a wonderful mentor and may you rest in paradise. My prayers and condolences towards his family and friends who are no doubt dealing with a tremendous loss. May you find healing & peace in this difficult time.

Carly Matters (Ritter)

December 5, 2019

I attended Neabsco Elementary School about 20 years ago and I have always remembered Mr. Livingston as the sweet librarian who made library time fun! When I was in 3rd grade, I had left my sweatshirt that said “Angel” on it in the library. When I went back to get it, Mr. Livingston had it. From then on, all the way through 5th grade, he remembered me and always called me “Angel”! I’m so sorry to hear about his passing! He was such a nice man! Condolences to the family. R.I.P. Mr. Livingston.

Darryl Barnes

December 5, 2019

Jim Livingston. Whatever I say here will not be enough to adequately celebrate his life.

The world is a lesser place without Jim in it.

I am proud to say he was a good friend of mine. The stories I could tell about him are too numerous to mention in a short document.

Properly told, those stories would require several bottles, if not a case, of World Famous Hartwood Wine to savor as the stories rolled off the tongue. (or perhaps a little Scotch, or a cold Budweiser. We’ll let you choose one of Jim’s past favorites.).

Jim was there when I caught my first Bass.
Jim was there when he gave me my first job, cutting his grass when I was 12.
Jim was there when he tried to help my sister and I win a cereal contest. We ate cereal until it came out of our ears!
Jim was there… well you get the point, he was always there.

Knowing Jim for nearly my entire life, he was there to watch me grow from a young boy into a lucky man with a beautiful family of my own.

It was great to sit down and talk to him when things were a bit quiet, and he looked me in the eye and told me how proud he was of the man I had become. Those comments from him in those quiet moments touched my soul.

When I decided to venture out on my own, to start an investment company from scratch, Jim’s words were, “Congratulations. I knew you’d do something like that one day. I saw it in you when you were a kid.”

He had a way of looking at you, with a twinkle in his eye that said, without saying a word, “I know what you’re up to, and now, you know that I know what you’re up to.”

Jim and my Father were fast friends, and they welcomed me along on many of their adventures when I was a kid. They taught me a lot about friendship.

I’m going to end it here, before this becomes a book. Suffice to say, Jim was a special person, and I’m better for having known him. But, I feel even more privileged to not just have known him, but I was able to call him my Friend.

Rest Easy, Jim.

Melba Mobley

December 5, 2019

Jim was a long time colleague and friend. Although we lived far apart, we kept in touch. While working as the librarian at Neabsco, Jim found a portrait of a former principal (me), and made sure it was returned to my family. Jim always put a smile on your face. Rest In Peace, Jim... you will be missed greatly. Prayers to your family.

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