He was born
Mr. Young proudly served his country between 1953 and 1957 as an engineman 2nd class aboard the USS Fletcher. After an honorable discharge, “Willie” worked as a rough neck in the oil fields of
In 1969, Mr. Young moved into a
self-designed home on the shores of
An avid golfer and hunter, he was a lifetime member of the NRA, a 45 year member of the Miss Florida Hunting Club of Launderdale, Miss and a regular fixture at the Mangrove Bay Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Affectionately known as “Papaw,” he was famous for his home cooked breakfasts and his fried chicken and green beans. He was the ambassador of his neighborhood to his neighbors and their children, whom he loved as his own, he was a mentor of flawless integrity and calm resolve always willing to help others and never asking anything in return. He worked tireless hours to help his family church. He always dreamed of installing an irrigation system to improve the grounds.
Still giving in death and through organ donation, Mr. Young gave the gift of sight to two others in need.
Along with his devoted brothers, Jerry Young and two sisters, Bonnie Potts and Sandra Silkey, Mr. Young is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Patricia Young; five children, Becky Irvine, Scott Young, Shawna Amenta, Jay Law, Shelly Law; 19 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death his father, mother and step-father; and son, John Law.
Funeral services will be at
The family will receive friends from
Absent from the body and present with the Lord, our beloved “Willie” now walks hand in hand with his mother Emma. God Bless you Willie until we meet again.