Obit: William Young

Obit: William Young

May 19th, 2013 in Obituaries
Location: Hamilton county

Russell YoungWilliam Russell Young, 91, passed away at his home in Duncan, Okla., on Friday, April 26, 2013.He was born in Cannon Creek, Tenn., on Aug. 26, 1921. The family moved to Chattanooga in 1928. He graduated from Chattanooga High School in 1940. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific, and then served in the Marine reserves until the end of the Korean war. He worked for AT&T for 30 years, where he eventually became Manager of Government Communications in Washington, D.C. During his career, he met and worked with four U.S. presidents and received numerous accolades, including the DOD Medal for Distinguished Public Service. Following retirement from AT&T, he worked for the Stanford Research Institute. He displayed his Christian beliefs in everything he did. He was a member of the church of Christ for over 70 years, serving as an elder and teacher and the work he was able to do through the World Bible School played a role in leading many souls to Christ.He learned outdoor skills at an early age and enjoyed life, especially fishing from daylight to dark. He loved history and archaeology and reading, filling his home with numerous volumes, and even writing and publishing his own book, "Ma Bell", a history of AT&T.He was preceded in death by his parents, John R. and Mayme S. Young; brothers, Lowell W. Young and JR Young Jr.He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Anna Bostain Young; son and daughter-in-law, John and Marlene Young, of Duncan, Okla.; grandchildren, Scott Russell Young, of Tulsa, Okla., Brandon Douglas Young, of Mesa, Ariz., and Bethany Anne (Pete) Benes, of Ada, Okla.; great-grandchildren, Rachel and Morgan Benes; sisters, Yuvenne Young Burdine, of Hixson and Arlene Young Sanders, of Hixson.Funeral services were held in Duncan, Okla., at the Eastside Church of Christ.