Claiborne Sellars Young [1951-2014] passed away Saturday evening, June 14, 2014, at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill following a serious motorcycle accident. He passed into the arms of the Lord at 7 p.m. surrounded by family and friends.
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Born and raised in Burlington, Claiborne lived there all of his life. He was a well-loved, well-respected man in all aspects of his life. He was a devoted husband, well-known boating author, speaker, and web publisher. He was also a generous, kind and loyal fellow to the many people who called him friend. Claiborne will be mourned and missed by family, friends, associates and fellow cruisers.
Claiborne was a graduate of Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington and N.C. State University in Raleigh. Following the closing of the Sellars family business in the early '80s, he turned to his next loves – water and boating – eventually authoring a series of books for the cruising community from North Carolina to Florida. His first book, the "Cruising Guide to North Carolina" was published in 1983. He also worked with UNC-TV [PBS] to produce a series of travel videos on the waters and small towns of North Carolina's coast. More recently, Claiborne went on share his love and knowledge of all things water related and published a successful website dedicated to the boating community and boating legislation. Claiborne was loved by many friends within that community, and always had a place to stay and chat while traveling on his speaking engagements. Those who knew him found that Claiborne was never at a loss for words!
At home, Claiborne was a loving and devoted husband for 40 years, a motorcycle enthusiast and animal lover. During the years of their marriage, he and Karen were ardent supporters of the Alamance County Humane Society and the American Humane Society, and surrounded themselves with many four-legged pets. Claiborne was also a self-taught chef who was often found in the kitchen producing the most aromatic and tasty dishes. When Claiborne put on a spread, everyone was happy, full and sated!
Claiborne was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Williams Young, who passed away in October 2013; and his parents, Claiborne Clark Young and Dorothy Sellars Young Brawley.
He is survived by family from his Sellars and Young relations, as well as his Williams in-laws.
A service of remembrance will be held in the Rich and Thompson Chapel in Burlington on Wednesday, June 18, at 11 a.m., with Dr. Genie Martin officiating.
Visitation will be Tuesday evening, June 17, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Rich & Thompson in Burlington and at other times at the Young's home, 814 Colonial Drive, Burlington.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Hospice of Alamance-Caswell, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com
Rich and Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service
306 Glenwood Ave.
Burlington, NC 27215
Published in TheTimesNews.com from June 16 to June 17, 2014