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Alumnus Gen. Livsey passes away

Livsey announcement
Gen. William "Lipp" Livsey stands in front of the Drill Field named in his honor on UNG's Dahlonega Campus. The field was named the "General William J. Livsey Drill Field" in April 2009.

Retired Gen. William "Lipp" Livsey, for whom the Drill Field at the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Dahlonega Campus is named, passed away on Saturday, June 18 at the age of 85.

Livsey lived in Fayetteville, Georgia, and is survived by three sons, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was born in Clarkston, Georgia in 1931, and was married to Bena Sue Burns for 61 years. He also served as a trustee for the university's foundation. Memorial arrangements are being coordinated by Mowell Funeral Home at a time and date to be determined.

Livsey retired as a four-star general, having attained the highest rank available in a peacetime Army. He is the only UNG graduate to achieve this rank to date. He graduated from then-North Georgia College in 1952 and was a decorated veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. During his 35-year military career, he held several commands, including serving as commanding general of the 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Europe, deputy commanding general in the U.S. Army Forces Command, and commanding general of the Third U.S. Army, Fort McPherson. In May, 1984, and until his retirement on June 30,1987, Livsey served as commander-in-chief, United Nations Command; commander-in-chief, Combined Forces Command; commander, United States Forces, Korea; and commanding general, Eighth United States Army.

Livsey received the Silver Star for gallantry in action, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with V Device, the Army Commendation Medal with V Device with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge, among others.

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


This article was updated on Aug. 2, 2016 with the following information:

A commemoration of the life of General William J. (LIPP) Livsey will be held Saturday, Aug. 6  at 11 a.m. at Mowell Funeral Home in Fayetteville, Georgia.  Following the commemoration ceremony, there will be a reception a short distance (walking distance) from the funeral home to allow friends of General Livsey to both visit and recall 'war stories' from the past. 

The address of Mowell's is:
180 N Jeff Davis Dr.
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Phone 770-461-7641

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