Mr. John William Young, age 88 of Crane Island Circle in St. Marys, Ga. passed away at his residence on the late afternoon of Friday, December 19th, 2014.
Mr. Young was born in Sulfur Springs, Al. on October 28, 1926. He is the son of the late Lottie Scaggs and John Preston Young. He is the oldest of 6 children; 4 sisters and 1 brother. His father, who was a Mason & a farmer died when Mr. Young was 13 years old. The Masons helped his mother, sold their family farm, as she was unable to maintain it, and he and the rest of family went to live at the Masonic Home in Montgomery, AL. John enlisted in the US Navy at age 17 and because he was underage, he had to get his mother to sign for him. While in the Navy, he served on a ship with his future brother-in-law, James Helms who introduced him to his soon to be wife, Callie S. Cloud. They married on May 15, 1952 and have shared 62 years together. During his career in the Navy, John served on an aircraft carrier USS Intrepid as part of the crew responsible for the elevator system that lifted the planes from below to the upper deck. He was a plank owner (meaning part of the original crew) of the Submarine USS Von Steuben. He was part of the crew of the destroyer that picked up an astronaut whose name just happened to be John Young.
John fathered 3 children while in the Navy. When his 2nd child & only son, Garry was born of course he was out to sea. He superiors let him have leave, but he had to find his own way home. He was “dropped off in a corn field in North Carolina and had to hitch a ride to Virginia, making it in time to meet his new son and see his family home…and fix the toilet…baby girl #1 Rhonda (1 year old) had flushed a hairbrush. Another girl, Terri was born while in the Navy. In 1965, John decided to retire and the family moved to St. Marys, GA. John then took a position in maintenance at Gilman Paper Company, Kraft Bag Division. He remained employed with them until 1987. In 1969, a 4th child and 3rd girl, Janet, was born. After retirement from Gilman Paper Company, John led a full life of leisure, travel, and spending time with his family, which included his seven grandchildren. John Young has gone by a several names in his 88 years. These include, but are not limited to daddy, John, JW, but by far his favorite name is Pawpaw, especially when used by one of his grandchildren.
John was an active member of Victory Baptist Church until his illness prevented his attendance. If he could say one thing we are sure he would want you to know that if you know Jesus Christ as your Savior – he will see you again. This is not the end but the beginning. John’s family ask that you rejoice with them in a life that was well lived.
Mr. Young is survived by his beloved wife, Callie S. Young; his children and their spouses, Rhonda & Stan Thornton of St. Marys, Ga., Garry Young of St. Marys, Ga., Terri & Terry Griffin of Eastman, Ga., and Janet & Buck Loggains of St. Marys, Ga.; his sisters and their spouses, Oma Jeffcoat of Dallas, Tx., Scythia & Fred Holland and Faye Callis all of Montgomery, Al, and Jonnie Burton of Gulf Shores, Al.; his grand children and their spouses or significant other, Stacy McGill & Joe Castelli of West Palm Beach, Fl., Grant Thornton & Celeste Redman of Blackshear, Ga., Leslie Thornton of St. Marys, Ga., Joey & Mandy Griffin of Canton, Ga., Brooke Pafford & Steven Arnold of St. Marys, Ga., and Callie Pafford of Kingsland, Ga.; and his great grandchildren, Harper, Cami & Jasper Griffin.
Along with his parents, Mr. Young joins his brother, Paul Brian Young and his grandson, Marc Griffin in Heaven.
Calling hours for Mr. Young will be from 6 until 8 PM Sunday, December 21st, 2014 at Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland, Ga. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at Victory Baptist Church in St. Marys, Ga. Pallbearers are Grant Thornton, Joey Griffin, Bob Swinger, Joe Castelli, Harold Helms, Buck Loggains, Keith Cloud and Larry Touchstone. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Marys, Ga. with military honors to be rendered.
The family requests for those wishing to make memorial contributions in his honor to be made to the donor’s choice.
October 28, 1926- December 19, 2014