Mr. Knox Kent Lively IIIKnox Kent Lively III passed from this world Saturday, March 10, 2012, in the late afternoon at Levine Dickson Hospice facility in Huntersville, NC. He was surrounded by his loving sons, William Knox and Matthew Kent, and their wives Simona and Megan until the end.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Guilford College United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Greenview Cemetery in Reidsville.
Kent was the firstborn of Knox Kent Lively Jr. and Louise Roach Lively of Parkside Drive, Reidsville NC. He is survived by his sister Laura Felts and his brother Edmund Lively, uncle to Sherrie Fain, Tommy Weeks, Butch Lively and Andrea Lively. As well as the great uncle of James Kent Fain and William Bouldin Fain. He graduated from Reidsville High School in 1953, and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, earning his undergraduate degree in English in 1957 and his Law Degree in 1962.
Mr. Lively served our country honorably in the US Army and in the US Coast Guard. He shut down his law practice and went into active duty during Operation Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991, supervising the loading of munitions being sent to the Gulf Coast.
Kent possessed a great and inquisitive mind until his final day on earth. He also possessed a great heart of compassion and empathy, all of which benefited his clients during his 48 year legal career in Guilford County. He was a true gentleman and told his son Matthew, "Doctors and Ministers are very important to people, but at some point, everyone needs the help of a lawyer." He treated his practice as a calling, and helped innumerable people who could not afford to pay him for his representation.
He was described as a "blue collar lawyer" by one of his Masonic brothers, and was honored by the Guilford County Bar Association, given the "Career of Distinction" award during a special session of court, which was given based on his high standard of ethics in the practice of criminal law, his willingness to take on any type of case that came to him, and his approach of seeking out novel defenses for difficult cases, never being afraid of hard work.
He was a 32nd degree Mason, inducted into the Scottish and York Rite, and the Royal Order of Scotland. He was bestowed the honor of Knight Commander of Court of Honor by the American Masons.
He was a member and Sunday school teacher at Guilford College United Methodist Church. Many profited from his wisdom and understanding of scripture.
Kent Lively was many things to many people, but all who met him would agree that he was kind, intelligent and a Christian. And what could be said better about any of us.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, 3/14/12, from 6 until 8 pm at Forbis and Dick Guilford Chapel. Online condolences may be offered at www.forbisanddick.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro at 2500
Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405