Steven Craig Livengood, Jr. CHARLOTTE - On Sunday, August 17, 2014, at eleven o'clock in the evening, after a brave battle with colon cancer, Craig peacefully passed away at Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, North Carolina. He was surrounded in loving kindness by his family and dearest friends. Craig was 46 years young. Craig was born on Sunday, October 15, 1967, at 10:25 in the evening in Warner Robbins, Georgia, to Gale Talbert and Steven Craig Livengood, Sr. In 1986, he graduated from East Mecklenburg High School and joined the United States Navy where he faithfully served in the Reserves. He attended Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. In 1997, Craig became employed at Carolina Cutlery and worked closely with George and Joe Povinelli as Regional Manager over the Carolinas. All who knew Craig could see the light that shone within him. He was a beacon in the darkness and radiated joy, peace and love to those who were privileged enough to know him. He will be sorely missed. Craig was preceded in death by his great-grandmothers Nora Alspaugh Dull and Jewel Swink; his great-grandfathers George Isom Swink and Carl Arey Dull, Sr.; his grandmother Edna Dull Talbert; grandfathers Russell Lowell Talbert and Ellis Monroe Livengood; and his stepfather Harry Joseph Ratermann. Craig is survived by his wife Lori Buinicky Livengood; his mother Gale Talbert Ratermann; his father Steven Craig Livengood, Sr.; his grandmother Louise Swink Livengood; his brother Jeffery Sean Livengood; his sister Gale Livengood Croft and husband Patrick Croft; his best friend Bryan Perkins and family; his dog Casey Beatrice, two nieces, four nephews and many uncles, aunts and cousins, colleagues and friends. Special thanks to George, Joe and Heidi Povinelli for your steadfast support and love throughout the past eighteen years; and to the doctors, staff and support at CMC-University. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, Colon & GI Cancers Fund: givecarolinas.com; Levine & Dickson Hospice House - Huntersville: donatehospice. org; and The Humane Society of Charlotte: humane societyofcharlotte.org.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 23, 2014