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After quietly investing in high school and college students, discreetly aiding churches that were near foreclosure, and even assisting other entrepreneurs; Mr. Levett created a more formal way to assist the community and equip them with needed resources. It is with a mind for business and a heart for people that Mr. Levett established The Gregory B. Levett, Sr. Family Foundation. The primary purpose of the foundation is to give back to the community, to enrich lives, and invest in dreams. As a firm believer in the value education, Mr. Levett offers scholarships to students through the foundation.
Currently, the foundation is supporting Clayton State University with an endowment geared toward minority students. For many Clayton State students, they will be the first in their family to obtain a degree. This is not only life-changing for them, but it will ultimately change the trajectory of their family for generations to come. The first recipients of the Gregory B. Levett, Sr. Family Foundation Scholarship will be named fall of 2018.
In 2019, The Gregory B. Levett, Sr. Family Foundation donated $500,000 toward the newly approved School of Education at Allen University. The Levett School of Education will be housed in the new Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital and Institute for Civility. With this contribution, the education program at Allen University will be named in honor of Dr. Gregoy B. Levett, Sr., Mrs. Betty Levett and their children Bernard, T. Lanier and Deana Levett. The foundation has also sponsored a Back to School Book Bag Give-Away for the past 20 years.
This exciting annual event is one that hundreds of families look forward to each year. Gregory B. Levett constantly reminds others that with God and a genuine heart no feat is too grand. He has vowed to continually show people that a life well lived means lifting up the next person. The young man from Conyers, Georgia has been able to become a powerful business leader who credits only God for his vision for his family, businesses and philanthropic endeavors.
Gregory B. Levett Sr, is the founder, owner and Chief Executive Officer of Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. Fully committed to the service of the community, Mr. Levett is a 3rd generation funeral home owner. Inspired by his family’s legacy, Mr. Levett has expanded his business from one Chapel in Scottdale, Georgia (established in 1980) to include Chapels in Lawrenceville, Conyers and Decatur, as well as one crematory.
With his dedicated wife Betty by his side, The Levett family has donated over $1 million to various charities and organizations. Making the largest donation to the DeKalb Medical Center, the hospital named the Gregory B. Levett Sr and Betty H. Levett Emergency Department Reception in their honor.
As a visionary and successful entrepreneur, Mr. Levett is often called upon to share his expertise at conferences and conventions. He also carries the distinguished title of Funeral Director of the Year by American Funeral Director magazine, the highest honor one can receive within the funeral industry.
Mr. Levett was compelled to find a way to share his wealth of knowledge because he is often called upon by aspiring business owners for his secrets to success. The Beyond Dreaming Entrepreneurship and Leadership Seminar is an intimate conversation that will include a Round Table Discussion, Strategies and Expert Advice to help aspiring business owners gain access to take their dreams to the next level. All proceeds will be donated to the Gregory B. Levett, Sr. Family Foundation
Mr. Levett considers what he does as ministry and takes great pride in providing excellent care to people in the weakest point of their lives. By nature of his profession, Mr. Levett is considered “the last man you meet” in the span of a life cycle. His documentary The Last Man You Meet has been featured in over 6 prestigious film festivals nationwide. The Levett Foundation attributes its strong belief in God and desires to empower our community as its drive to assist those in need.