John Harold Young

Born: Wed., Mar. 28, 1923
Died: Fri., Aug. 8, 2008

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John Harold Young, of Greensboro, Georgia, went to be with his Lord on August 8, 2008. He was born on March 28, 1923 in Walton County Georgia to Mr. Thomas Ganaway Young and Mrs. Ethel Pearl Norris Young. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Mrs. Barbara Louise Underwood Young, sons Mike Young and wife Julie Young of Watkinsville, Georgia, Greg Young and wife Cindy Young of Madison, Georgia, Jeff Young and wife Debra Young of Monroe, Georgia; sisters, Dorothy Deaton and Pearl Deaton; grandchildren, Shane Young, Jason and Jaimie Young, Katie and Josh Miller, Matthew Dickens, Kimberly and David Leach, Travis and Crystal Young, Lucy E. Young, Jessy Mae Young, Colt Young, Bryan and Holly Young, Nikki and Bradley Janes, Michele and Tommy Thrailkill, Brian Dodson and Ashleigh and Justin McCormack; great grandchildren, Cody and Tanna Young, Shyann Miller and Kaj Miller, Daniel Young, Jaden Janes, Mikaela Thrailkill and Xander Thrailkill; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Violet Barber, Tommy Lee Young, Ozella Barber, Nannie Mae Young, Earla Peters, Jack Young and Billy Young.

Mr. Young was raised on a sharecropper farm. He left school after the 5th grade to assist his father and siblings in working the farm. He served his beloved country with distinction in both theaters during World War II returning home in 1946. He married Barbara Louise Underwood in 1948 and started a small farm in Social Circle, Georgia. In 1951 Mr. Young moved his family to Atlanta, Georgia to work at General Motors, Fisher Body Plant in Lakewood. In 1953 Mr. Young began working for International Paper Company. He served that company faithfully in a career that spanned 4 decades. He started as a maintenance worker but quickly rose through the ranks working in sales traveling first around the Southeast selling products to small family dairies and then traveling around the United States as a special accounts manager selling products which he helped to design and develop. During this time Mr. Young advanced due to an outstanding work ethic and desire to constantly upgrade his education.

Throughout his life Mr. Young served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher, first at Cleveland Avenue Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia and then, after retirement at First Baptist Church of Greensboro, Georgia. He especially enjoyed working with children in the church''s AWANA program. Mr. Young served as the President on many occasions for organizations such as the Southeast Atlanta Athletic Association and the Walter F. George High School PTA.

John never met a stranger and enjoyed talking to others swapping war stories and other interesting tales. Mr. Young enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a genuine love for nature which he instilled in his children and grandchildren, teaching them the importance of being good stewards of Georgia''s wildlife.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, August 11, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Greensboro with Rev. Michael Hardy and Rev. Colin Duncan officiating. Graveside Services with full military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Hill Haven Memory Gardens in Monroe, GA. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday night at the funeral home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Bill and Susie Menzie
   Posted Sat August 09, 2008
Jeff and Debbie, we are so sorry to hear about Jeff's Dad. We know all too well how hard it is to see them deteriorate and finally slip away, but we also know how joyous it is to know where they are! How wonderful to be able to see the Saviour's face at last! We will be praying for you all in these next difficult days. Much Love

Sam & Tracey Brown
   Posted Sat August 09, 2008
We are praying for your family! May God comfort you and give you peace. Lots of Love, Sam & Tracey Brown

Ashley Davis Waldrep
   Posted Sat August 09, 2008
Dear Bryan, Colt, & Nikki, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your grandfather. I know that he meant a lot to you. He was a fine man that always asked how you were doing when he seen you and told you that you played a good game at the end of ballgames. May the Lord bless all of you in this time of sorrow. I know how you feel. I lost my grandfather a year a go in May. Love In Christ, Ashley Davis Waldrep

Don & Peggy Law
   Posted Sun August 10, 2008
Dearest Greg, Cindy, Lucy & Jessy, Know that we are enfolding your whole family in prayer as you mourn the death and celebrate the life of Greg's father. We are especially holding Greg's mother in our hearts as she grieves her beloved husband. We remember the words of Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." With our deepest sympathy and Love, Don, Peggy & Donald

Bob and Stephanie Dickson
   Posted Sun August 10, 2008
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family right now. All our Love, Stephanie and Bob Dickson Madison, Georgia

Kristen & Jeff O''Brien
   Posted Sun August 10, 2008
Our hearts hurt with you during this time and we pray for peace and comfort that passes understanding and we send hugs to you.

Tommy and Diane Pierce
   Posted Sun August 10, 2008
Barbara and family, we are saddened to hear of John's passing and will miss seeing him when we're at the lake house. He told many stories of his life and we learned a lot of what life in general was like in earlier years. Take comfort in knowing he is at peace now. We're thinking of you and will check on you the next time we're up there.

Jerry and Pam Arienzo
   Posted Sun August 10, 2008
Sorry for your family's loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this emotional time in your life.

Heather and Mark Schlabach
   Posted Sun August 10, 2008
We are so sorry for your loss. Our family is keeping you in our prayers.

Leigh Anne & TJ Pierce
   Posted Sun August 10, 2008
What a spectacular individual! We will miss Mr.Young greatly. He made our family visits to the lake beyond memorable. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Mrs.Young. Love, TJ, Leigh Anne, Austin and Connor

Pam & Paul Nadler
   Posted Sun August 10, 2008
Aunt Bobbie, I wanted you to know how sorry I was to hear about Uncle Harold passing away. I love you both very much . I believe he is better now and is walking in the woods with Daddy and Uncle Thomas,laughing and being silly like the three of them were the last time they were together. Please know you are in my thoughts and my prayers always. You are very dear to me. Love, Pam

Jennifer and Travis Breedlove
   Posted Sun August 10, 2008
We were so sorry to hear about Mr. Young. We will keep your family in our prayers.

Becky Dodson Kirby
   Posted Sun August 10, 2008
Sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Dan and Dolores Hardy
   Posted Sun August 10, 2008
We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Young. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Sun August 10, 2008
Ms. Barbara and Family, May these few words help to convey the thoughts of sympathy so deeply felt, yet so hard to express Emmett and Shirley

Steve, carmen & Victoria Blakeslee
   Posted Sun August 10, 2008
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Young. We will miss his presence at the lake house. He was like the Grandfather we never knew (as our's died before we we were born). He also was a WWII veteran in the Air Force. Mr. John was a quite, soft spoken, southern gentleman who talked of his love of his wife, family, country, church & neighbors. We will miss his stories and his caring presence. His memory will live on in our hearts, thoughts & the minds of our children who also remember his stories, kindness & candy jar. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. With deepest sympathy, Carmen, Steve & Victoria Blakeslee (Leigh Anne Pierce's sister, brother-in-law & niece)

Chesley & Cathy Coleman
   Posted Sun August 10, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you always, as is our love.

Krista Dodson DeLisle
   Posted Mon August 11, 2008
Mrs. Young, Jeff, Debbie and kids; We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Young's passing. We know what a difficult time this will be for all of you but you are in our prayers.

Karen Griffith
   Posted Mon August 11, 2008
To the entire Young family, My prayer is that you may find comfort in God's loving arms. I'm praying for your strength during this difficult time. Love in Christ, Karen Griffith (friend of Cindy)

   Posted Mon August 11, 2008

Rick and Christy Hunt
   Posted Mon August 11, 2008
Mr. John was a wonderful man who always made everyone he met feel loved. We will miss him greatly. All our love and prayers go out to his family. Love, Rick, Christy, Cole and Catey Hunt

Robin Smith
   Posted Tue August 12, 2008
Colt, Bryan, Nikki, Mrs. Young and the rest of the family, please accept my condolences in the passing of Mr. Young. I always enjoyed talking to him at Bethel, and later at FBC when we attended church there. He was a wonderful Grandfather to you, and I admired him for taking care of you like he did. I know you will miss him, but just know that he is with the Lord now, and you will see him again one day. Just lean on the Lord and He will help you through this very difficult time. Love, "Miss Robin"

Katie Anderson
   Posted Tue August 12, 2008
You and your family are in my prayers.

Rick & Dawn Frazier
   Posted Wed August 20, 2008
Jeff, sory to hear of ya'lls loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.