John Livingston

Long-time civic leader and businessman John Allen Livingston died Tuesday of this week, following a battle with cancer. He was 70. A lifelong Cross Hill resident, John Livingston was active in the growth of the Cross Hill Volunteer Fire Department and also worked with the development of a county-wide coordinated fire service.

After graduation from Clemson in 1969, he worked with the Clemson Extension Service for several years before employment with a predecessor to Ag South in 1973. After the Laurens office was closed years ago and he was moved to the Greenwood Office, Livingston was credited with successfully lobbying to have an office reopen in Laurens. After 43 years in farm credit, he retired in December of 2015 as Regional Vice President of Ag South. He immediately returned to work as a real estate agent, forming Bush River Realty.

A lifelong member and leader in Cross Hill Baptist Church, John Livingston was also active in many other organizations from Farm Bureau to Laurens Rotary, from the Laurens County Cattleman’s Association to the South Carolina Realtor’s Association.

In recognition of his years of service, Laurens County Council recently presented Livingston with the Henry Laurens Award.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Joyce, a son, daughter and grandson.

Funeral services for John Livingston will be held at 3:00 pm tomorrow at Cross Hill First Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Brett Davis, Rev. Curtis Marshall, and Rev. Dan Compton. Interment will be in Cross Hill Cemetery.

The family will be at the home and will receive friends at Cross Hill First Baptist Church this evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.