E. Fountain Young, Jr. began his earthly journey on September 9, 1928 and his heavenly one 85 years later on October 12, 2013. He grew up in Pine Grove, Louisiana and was an active member of the Pine Grove United Methodist Church along with his parents, Evie Fountain Young, Sr. and Inez Morgan Young. In 1945 Fountain graduated valedictorian from Pine Grove High School and then set out to serve in the United States Army and did so from 1946 to 1948, spending time in Japan. He observed that there was a close alliance between freedom and education, and to that end he attended Louisiana State University where he earned a BS in General Agriculture in 1951 and a Master of Science in Agronomy in 1953. He received a Ph.D. in Agriculture and Applied Science from Oklahoma State University in 1964. His studies took him to Venezuela where he worked on herbicides for corn production. He also believed that one could find dignity in work well done. He devoted himself to plant research that he accomplished through the United States Department of Agriculture. In 1985 he co-authored a book with Tommy E. Thompson, Pecan Cultivars, Past and Present, a widely used field guide for growing pecans. He also did research that led to the successful production of SuPima cotton. Mr. Young was a Master Mason as well as a Shriner. He was an active member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in El Paso, Texas before his recent move to Monroe, Michigan. Fountain's most cherished accomplishment was his family, whom he adored. He lives on in the hearts of those who love him including his wife of 56 years, Sarah Margaret Davis Young, a daughter, Kathryn Elaine Murphy (Mark) and sons Eric Forrest Young (Catherine), Brett Allen Young (Pam), and grandchildren, Bryan Murphy (Jennifer), Megan Murphy, Jennifer Murphy, Morgan Murphy, Sarah Young, and Alysa Young, and one great grandchild, Sophia Murphy, along with his siblings, Willie Eugene Young (Mary Katherine), Elizabeth Joe Dykes (Tag), and Robert Larry Young (Judy). Friends and family will wish him a fond farewell on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Pine Grove United Methodist Church, Pine Grove, Louisiana 70453, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Services conducted by Rev. Michael Townsend. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials for E. Fountain Young, Jr. can be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 9915 Montwood Drive, El Paso, Texas, 79925, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 800 South Detroit Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43609 or Pine Grove United Methodist Church, 3434 Highway 449, Pine Grove, La 70753.
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Published in The Advocate from Oct. 17 to Oct. 24, 2013