Arnold Milton Levinson, 86, founder of Brittons clothing store

CDArnoldLevinsonArnold Milton Levinson, of Columbia, died Sunday, May 11, 2014. He was 86.

Mr. Levinson was born November 21, 1927 in Charleston, S.C., the son of the late Charles and Libby Levinson. Mr. Levinson attended Barnwell public schools, the Citadel and the University of South Carolina. He left the Citadel to serve in the U.S. Army as a medic stationed in Korea. Mr. Levinson then returned to the University of South Carolina, where he met the love of his life, Faye, to whom he was married for 64 years.

Mr. Levinson was the founder of Brittons clothing store, which was established in 1949 and was a pioneer of the fashion industry in S.C. He was active in the business until the time of his death and his legacy lives on as the store continues to thrive today.

He was a member of Beth Shalom Synagogue. A man of many interests, he was a Life Master and member of the Columbia Bridge Club, an avid Gamecock fan and a lifelong lover of dogs. Mr. Levinson had a zest for life that will forever be remembered by his family and friends.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Faye Lomansky Levinson; children, Stephanie Levinson (Jake Bialos) of New York City, Lucky Levinson (Lisa) of Columbia, Susan Levinson Angert of Jupiter, Fla., Stacy Levinson (Perry Lancaster) of Columbia; grandchildren, Charles, Carly, Chase, Alex and Emily. He is also survived by his sister, Margi Levinson Goldstein (late Julius) of Charlotte, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 North Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29206, Columbia Bridge Club, 77 Brighton Hill Road, Columbia, SC 29223 or a charity of one’s choice.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Beth Shalom Synagogue, with burial to follow at Hebrew Benevolent Burial Society, 720 Blanding Street.  Shiva services will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at the home of Faye and Arnold Levinson. The family will receive friends immediately following Shiva each evening.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.

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