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John Davis Young Sr.

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John Davis Young, Sr.

John Davis Young, Sr. 68, died Saturday, November 3, 2012 at his home on Lake St. John, surrounded by his loving family.

The funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at Young's Funeral Home in Ferriday, with Rev. Clyde Ray Webber, Bro Gary Howington, and Bro. James King officiating. Bro. Lloyd Trisler will preside over the graveside services at Natchez City Cemetery under the direction of Young's Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 pm Monday, November 5, 2012 at Young's Funeral Home in Ferriday. John was a lifelong resident of Ferriday. He was born May 17, 1944, to Francis Leo Young, Sr. and Ella Mae "Petie" Davis Young.

John graduated from Ferriday High School in 1962. He then earned a degree in mortuary science from The Commonweath School of Science in Houston, Texas. John went on to study for three years at Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe until returning to Ferriday to take over the family business, Young's Funeral Home, upon the death of his father.

For 42 years John served families throughout the area with kindness and compassion. In 2008 he retired as co-owner and general manager of Young's Funeral Home in Ferriday, Vidalia, Jonesville and Winnsboro.

John was dedicated to his community and served in many civic organizations, including past president of the Ferriday Rotary Club, a member of Ferriday Kiwanis Club, past president of the Concordia Parish Council on Aging, and as a member of the Catahoula Parish School Board.

John was a member of Ferriday Masonic Lodge #390 where he was a Past Master. He was also a Shriner and 32nd Degree Mason.

When his children were young, John coached their football, basketball and baseball teams. He was also a charter member of Panola Woods Country Club.

John was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Ferriday, where he was an Elder and Sunday school teacher.

Professionally, John was a member of the Northeast Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and the Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.

John was a hunter and fisherman and enjoyed training hunting dogs. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and a pilot. During their 21 years of marriage, John and Millie enjoyed traveling to many wonderful destinations.

Throughout his life, John's greatest joy was his family.

He is survived by his wife, Millie Lancaster Young of Ferriday; six children, Ella Young Spinks and husband Roy of Mandeville; John Davis Young, Jr., and wife Brandi of New Braunfels, Texas; Sarah Young Hanchey and husband Clint of Monroe; Brooke Squyres and fiancé' Zack Morris of New Orleans; Britney Squyres of Natchez, Mississippi; and Barrett Lancaster Young of Baton Rouge; two brothers, Francis Leo "Buddy" Young Jr. and wife Jackie; and Dr. James E. "Jimmy" Young and wife Vera of Ogden, Utah; eight grandchildren, Garrett Evan Spinks, Gentry Elizabeth Spinks, Caroline Routh Young, Clinton Robert Hanchey, John Davis Young III, Bennett Chase Hanchey, William Dayton Young, Meredythe Louise Hanchey; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

John is also survived by his lifelong friend Joe Webber of Ferriday.

Pallbearers will be Beau Young, Casey Young, Neal Young, Scott Young, Ben Young, Zack Lancaster, Aston Lancaster and Trace Lancaster.

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Published in The Town Talk on Nov. 5, 2012
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