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Siblings give to Christmas Happiness in memory of parents

SALISBURY — John Clarence and Purnie Livengood were loving parents to 13 children. The couple raised their family in Granite Quarry in a two-story home in front of what is now the American Legion.

“We were a poor family but rich in love,” said daughter Becky Yost.

Yost, 78, and her five remaining siblings have, for at least a decade, been donating to the Christmas Happiness Fund in memory of their parents.

The other Livengood children are Betty Lippard, 88, who lives in Salisbury; Dolly Honeycutt, 86, of Burlington; Sally Schenk, 84, of Wilmington; Linda Rainey, 76, of Gold Hill; and Pete Livengood, 73, the only surviving brother, who lives in Rockwell.

The siblings and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren recently gathered for a Christmas dinner. The family typically passes a basket at the dinner to collect money for Christmas Happiness.

“They couldn’t buy us a whole lot, but we had a lot of love. They made sure we had family,” Yost said of her parents.

Yost recalls not getting much for Christmas growing up, and she wants to make sure local children get something for the holidays.

“We didn’t have much, but we did have love,” Yost said.

The Livengood children gave in memory of their parents and also their seven siblings who have died.

Yost said two of her brothers and her father served in the military. Her brother Harold died while serving in World War II. The Livengood-Peeler-Wood American Legion in Granite Quarry is named after her brother.

When all the family gathers, they number more than 200. This year, about 50 of them met for Christmas at the American Legion in Granite Quarry.

Contributions to the Christmas Happiness Fund may be delivered to the Salisbury Post, 131 W. Innes St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or mailed to Salisbury Post Christmas Happiness Fund, P.O. Box 4639, Salisbury, NC 28145-4639. Please make checks payable to Christmas Happiness and indicate how you want your donation listed.

Today’s contributions are:
In memory of Harry C. Troutman Jr. and in honor of all veterans by Nancy Troutman, $25
In memory of John Clarence and Purnie Livengood, the Livengood family, $125
In honor of our great-grandson, Daxton; we love you, MaMaw and Papaw Bell, $25
In memory of our parents, W.L. and Pauline Morgan and M.H. and Mildred Bell, love Gary and Ann, $25
In honor of our grandchildren, Hunter, Harrison, Laney, Rachel and Regan; we love you, MaMaw and Papaw Bell, $25
In honor of my wife, Sallie Miller; I love you! Carl Miller, $100
In honor of our grandchildren, Skylar and Alstin Fraley and Baby Lowman (on the way) by MawMaw and PawPaw Lowman, $25
In memory of our parents, Dighton and Trilby Fiddner and Floyd and Peggy Freedle, by John Fiddner and Becky Brown, $30
In memory of our parents, $50
In memory of Pete and Dot Connor and in honor of teachers Larry Thomason, Charles Everson, and Sylvia Bailey by Unity Sunday School Class of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, $50
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Mott Price Sr., Mr. Mott Price Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John Peeler Jr, Mr. Lewis Alsobrooks, and Mr. Darrell Shive by the Alfred Price family, $50
In honor of Olivia, Sophia, Cooper and Avery Doty by Jim and Jeanie Doty, $100
In memory Sam Bebber by Gene and Shirley Lambert, $25
In memory of our parents, Harry and Irene Rinehardt and Terry and Mary Ann Sifford, and in lieu of Christmas cards to our family and friends by Time and Janie Sifford, $100
In loving memory of Sidney and Scottie Blume by Betty Blume and family, $50
In memory of Jack Hodges by Bill and Belinda, $25
Today’s total: $830
Running total: $36,427.81
Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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