Obituary for Livingfield More
Livingfield More, 94, left this world having lived a full, blessed and productive life persevering through and enduring a lengthy illness. Throughout it all he was disciplined, well-educated, well-read and never pretentious or ostentatious.
Born to native Nashville parents, E. Livingfield More (1868-1934) and Ellen Stokes (1895-2001) in July of 1926, Livingfield More was a gentleman and a scholar. He believed in being workman-like and was fiercely devoted to his family, both those who came before him and to those whom he leaves behind.
Ancestors’ of whom he was particularly proud included his father, a successful lumberman and businessman in Alabama who participated in the organization of the Centennial Celebration for the State of Tennessee and subsequently became Centennial Park. His great grandfather, Josiah Nichol, former mayor of Nashville and owner of Belair Mansion who was instrumental in the purchase of the land upon which the state capital was built.. His maternal grandfather, Walter Stokes Sr., who was a preeminent lawyer served as president of the Nashville Bar association.
Young Livingfield More was born in Nashville but spent the first 8 years of his life in River Falls, Alabama, where his father owned and operated the Horseshoe Lumber Company, was partner in other businesses and built two dams to provide electricity to the area.
When his father fell ill, their small family returned to Nashville where he attended Ransom School, Stokes School, Wallace University School, McCallie School, Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Law School from which he graduated in 1952 and passed the Bar Exam shortly there after. He was proud to be presented to the Supreme Court of Tennessee in 1953 and even prouder to find that his law degree was converted to a JD several decades later.
Having started Vanderbilt when he was 16, his college experience was interrupted when he became 18 and decided to join the Army to fight in WWII. After discharge from the army he spent a season working on an estate outside of London with the option of fox hunting a couple of days each week as part of his remuneration. He was a devoted horseman and animal husbandman in general.
The years he spent in law school were in honor of his maternal grandfather Walter Stokes, but from his mid-twenties on he was at heart a farmer.
He met the love of his life, Agnes Stokes Fort of Nashville, in 1952 and they married in 1957. They had a daughter and two grand children. They devoted their lives to each other and their families, River Grange farm and the Arcade in downtown Nashville, reading to each other after dinner and occasionally traveling… often biking across the UK, until she was tragically taken from him in 2011.
He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Vanderbilt University, the Belle Meade Country Club and the Williamson County Co-Op. He took part in the founding of Harpeth Academy in Franklin, TN which eventually became part of BGA. He also was a founding member and continued to be a staunch supporter of St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church, now Holy Cross Anglican Church..
He is survived by his daughter, Ellen Livingfield More, and two grandchildren, Stokes Dunavan and
The family wishes to thank his many support systems including but not limited to Lisa Graham and Carol Patterson, the loyal caregivers who would “see him out” in his words.
Private service planned for future time. If so moved, please make donations in his memory to Holy Cross Church (4119 Murfreesboro Road Franklin TN 37067), the Red Cross (2201 Charlotte Ave Nashville, TN 37203, Attn Leigh Elliot), the Covington County Historical Society (P.O. Box 1582 Andalusia, Alabama 36420) or the charity of your choice.