David Livingston Fortson
1944 - 2020
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David Livingston Fortson
Mount Pleasant, SC—David Livingston Fortson, our "Beloved", died peacefully at home on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020, with his wife Anne and daughter Katie by his side.
David was born March 24, 1944 to Lutrelle Livingston Fortson (Lulu) and Samuel Anthony Fortson (Poopsie) in Augusta, Georgia.
David was the middle of their three sons - which lead to an affinity and immediate connection with other middle children, enduring through the years. David's marvelous sense of humor was present from an early age and throughout his whole life. He had an amazing ability to entertain both young and old with his tales, which were (mostly) true.
David graduated from Richmond Academy in Augusta and then went to the University of Georgia in Athens. He was a member of Chi Phi fraternity and cherished his fellow members as well as the organization as a whole. One of his favorite memories was being in charge of the jukebox in the Chi phi house... oh how he loved his music!
David and his first wife Katharine Newsom Fortson moved to Greenville SC, where David started Fortson Travel. In addition to leading trips and tours all over the world, David handled the travel for the Clemson football team and also did many road trips for fans by trains, planes and buses. They even went to Japan in 1981 to watch his Tigers play in a bowl game there. David was also very active in the Greenville Rotary Club where he led the student exchange program for many years, as well as being very active with the Roper Mountain Lights which gave him great pleasure as Christmas decorating was one of his favorite highlights of the year!
After selling Fortson Travel, David made his way to Mount Pleasant to live near his daughter Katie. They enjoyed many adventures together, and he loved being an active part of her life.
The Pink Palace, David's beach house on the Isle of Palms, was a wonderful treasure. David bought it in 1971 and rented it out to families for their vacations for over 40 years. He was very generous in sharing the Palace with so many, and it gave him great pleasure that so many people have such wonderful memories with the Pink Palace as the backdrop. Some of the best times there were with extended family and lots of good friends. David and his wife Anne were married there in November, 2007. Many of their friends from the Center for Creative Retirement enjoyed wonderful parties on the world's best porch, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
David is survived by his wife Anne Hazelwood Fortson, his daughter, Katharine Fortson Ralston, his brother Robert Dewees Fortson (Helen) , stepsons Brian Kahn (Raizel) and Gregory Kahn (Samantha) and 4 grandsons - Zachary, Cooper, Charlie and Michael Kahn.
The family burial service will be privately held in Augusta, GA.
A Celebration of David's life will be scheduled for late summer/early fall (when conditions permit).
Memorials may be made to SCETV or to Rotary International.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.mcalister-smith.com.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McALISTER-SMITH FUNERAL & CREMATION, Mt. Pleasant, 1520 Rifle Range Rd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, (843) 884-3833.
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The Augusta Chronicle - 04/7/20

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April 13, 2020
I was saddened to hear of my cousin's passing, the last time we talked on the telephone was just a year ago,, thinking of you Robert, Helen , Anne and Katie . Rest in Peace David.
Dorothea Adams
April 12, 2020
Robert, we were sorry to hear of your brothers passing..our thoughts and prayers are with you and Helen and family.

Brad and Ann Munday
April 8, 2020
From Chi Phi days forward David was always a great friend. His marvelous sense of humor will certainly be missed. Anne, Sharron and my prayers go out to you and the rest of his family.
Penn Clarke
April 7, 2020
David, we shall miss you. I remember having a great time at parties at your beautiful Augusta home. When I dated my late Husband Bud Luckey at Georgia, we had a great time with you at the Chi Phi House. Too Many memories to relate here. To you and your family my deepest sympathies.
Catherine Wier Luckey
Catherine Wier Luckey
April 7, 2020
David, we shall miss you. I can remember you at the Chi Phi House. Bud and I along with life long frat brothers, who became family, danced many a shag in that basement. A lot of memories throughout childhood in Augusta. We all loved your house and it was always a gathering place for fun. I know in Paradise that the music must fill your heart. Rest in piece and tell Bud I love him
Catherine Wier Luckey
Catherine Wier Luckey
April 7, 2020
Memories from grammar school forward to Katie's birth. Chi Phi parties, visits to Chicken and Dikes beach house, the Green A Model and so much more. Davenport
April 7, 2020
To Anne and Katie I am so sorry to hear about David's passing. David and I were room mates at Georgia our senior year there. He was quite a guy and will by missed by many. Again I am very sorry to hear this news.
George Fuller
April 7, 2020
David and family were friends of Toni and I from gramer school, high school, college, and onward. So sorry for Kate and Katie. Davenport
April 7, 2020
David was a joy to know. His wonderful sense of humor will never be forgotten.I' m so glad I knew him. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Peggy Loveland
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