Joshua Christian Livingston, age 43, of Maryville, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 1, 2021, at Blount Memorial Hospital. At 10:31, Josh leapt into the arms of his Savior and Redeemer. Josh had been in ICU at Blount Memorial Hospital for nearly three weeks battling CoVid. He fought as hard as he could until his body simply couldn’t fight anymore. The family wishes to thank everyone who prayed diligently for Josh and his family during this fierce battle. Josh was a member of First Baptist Alcoa, serving in Youth Ministry, having created a program called Epic Kids. He loved to spend time studying and preparing for his ministry by planning unique lessons and activities to teach scripture. Josh was an extremely creative individual with a vibrant personality and a love for everyone he met. He was kind and considerate, and showed compassion to others he would meet. Josh had very close friends with whom he loved spending time and just being together. Josh worked with his family to develop and build a local wedding venue named Sampson’s Hollow in Walland, Tennessee. He performed as a Blues Brother, with his friend, Jarrod Millsaps, at Memories Theatre in the evenings. Josh’s legacy will be that he loved deeply and completely. Anyone who knew him walked away feeling valued and happier. There will be a huge hole in the hearts of those whom were blessed enough to be a part of Josh’s life. Josh leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 19 years, Lesley Anne Livingston, sons, Joshua Gray, Kayden Jay, Christian Shay and Samuel William David. Parents, Janice and Bill Livingston, brothers, Daniel (Kristal) and Caleb (Hannah) Livingston, nephews Elijah and Sawyer; nieces - Gracie, Brooklyn, Hazel and Katelyn Livingston. Also mourning his passing will be his father-in-law, David Roberson and mother-in –law, Linda Roberson; Brother In-laws, Jonathan (Ashly) Roberson of Kansas, and Jeffrey (Amanda) Roberson of Maryville; first cousin Laura (Richie) Livingston Johnson. Josh was blessed to have many cousins and close friends who will miss him greatly. The funeral service will be on Monday, October 11, at 6:30 at First Baptist Church of Alcoa. Josh had a love for Disney and Bama football. If anyone wishes to wear a t-shirt to commemorate his life, he would like that. The family will receive friends following the service at FBA. Family and friends will assemble at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 12 at West Miller’s Cove Baptist Cemetery for the interment. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send a donation made out to the College America Fund to one day help pay their son’s college expenses. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com
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