James Grady Young
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James Grady Young
  • February 28, 1953 - January 14, 2018
  • Mississippi

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Colonel James G. Young, JR, man of valor and beloved father, grandfather and friend passed away in Guntown, MS on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the age of 64. Col. Young was born on February 28, 1953, to Sarah Henry Young and James Grady Young, in Batesville, MS. James was an active member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church and choir.

James was a graduate of Pontotoc High School, class of 1971, the University of Mississippi, Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 1977, and a Masters of Business Administration in 1983. He also earned a Masters of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College in 2004.

Col. Young retired from the MS Army National Guard. While active he served in the following command positions: Commander, Company D, 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation; Commander, Company E, 185th Aviation; Commander, Company G, 185th Aviation; Commander, 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation; Commander, Army Aviation Support Facility #2, Tupelo, MS; and Commander, 1108th AVCRAD, Gulfport, MS. Commander of Theatre Aviation Maintenance Program - Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom. Commander of the first Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance Company and the first CH-47 Company in the state of MS. He commanded the last CH-54 Company in the US Army National Guard.

While in the US Army, James also served with the White House Communications Agency, in Washington, DC and as a flight instructor at Ft. Rucker, AL. He served as a flight instructor for 25 years.

Col. Young is survived by his mother, Sarah Henry Young of Pontotoc, his brother Randy Young of Pontotoc, his sister, Jennifer Hufano of Las Vegas, NV, two daughters, Dr. Mary Allyson Lowry (Ruffin) of Jackson and Anna McCarley (Scott) of Guntown, four grandchildren, Lynley and Parker McCarley, and Thomson and Lucy Lowry, three step daughters, Amy McCoy, Anna Sinclair, Alice Griggs and their children, one niece, Sarah Hufano, and four nephews, Ryan Stutsy, Luke Gillespie, Benjamin Hufano, and Tyler Young.

James will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. James was preceded in death by his father, James Grady Young Sr., his brother, Dr. Keith Young, twin sisters and his grandparents, Allen Alfred Henry and Mary Anna Mitchell Henry.

Pallbearers will be Lynn McGee, Dr. James Robert Hubbard, Jon David Naugher, Kyle Steward, Jimmy Kenny, and Don Clayton.

A Celebration of Life Service is set for Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc, with burial to follow in the Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Reverend Doug Westmoreland and Brother Tim Green will officiate.

Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm Wednesday, January 17 and 1:00 pm until the service on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Browning Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church at 937 Mt. Vernon Rd. Tupelo, MS, 38804 or to The University of Mississippi at www.umfoundation.com.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at the McCarley home or the Young home.