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Updated: General William J. Livsey dead at 85

General William J. Livsey June 8, 1931 - June 18, 2016
General William J. Livsey June 8, 1931 - June 18, 2016
General William J. Livsey
June 8, 1931 – June 18, 2016

[Updated at 4:20 p.m., 6-20-2016]

Fayetteville resident and retired U.S. Army General William J. Livsey died Saturday, according to staff at Mowell Funeral Home in Fayetteville. Livsey turned 85 on June 8.

Further details about Livsey’s death were not immediately available Monday morning. Updates are expected later in the day.

A Clarkston native, Livsey was a 1952 North Georgia College graduate and served his first tour of duty the next year in South Korea. His 35-year military career eventually brought him back to Georgia, and he retired while based at Fort McPherson.

The portion of Hwy. 314 that is inside Fayette County is named in Livsey’s honor. The highway terminates at the Hwy. 85 and North Jeff Davis Drive intersection. Livsey’s home is located in a neighborhood off North Jeff Davis Drive.

Below is Livsey’s obituary, which was published Monday afternoon.


William (Bill) James Livsey Jr., 85, of Fayetteville Ga, passed away on 18 June 2016.

Bill was born in Clarkston, GA on 8 June 1931.He graduated from North Georgia College in June of 1952, and entered the U.S. Army shortly thereafter. He was a decorated veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars.  He retired from service after 35 years at the rank of General; after commanding at all levels from platoon to Commander in Chief of all U.S. forces in Korea.

Bill was married to Bena Sue Burns on 4 October 1952; they were married 61 years.  He is survived by his three sons, 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Mowell Funeral home at a time and date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Army Emergency Relief to benefit the soldiers who are currently serving our Nation.

Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville – www.mowellfuneralhome.com

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.