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William Heywood Younger

April 10, 1926 - May 7, 2018

Wilmington

Blessed to have lived 92 years and blessed to have shared 71 of those with his devoted wife, William Heywood Younger died Monday, May 7, 2018, following a long period of failing health. He loved life and he loved people. For them he always had time to joke or to "remember when".

Born in Atlanta, GA, he called North Carolina home. His parents, Florence and Giles Younger, had a job transfer to Selma. There Heywood grew, joined the church, and was educated. Shortly after his graduation he volunteered for the US Army Air Force. His training took him to many states with a final location overseas in Germany with the occupation duty forces.

Mr. Younger's 35 year service with Southern Bell Telephone Company began shortly after his honorable discharge from the Air Force. He came from Raleigh to Fourth and Princess as toll test man in 1947 and immediately became community involved.

Heywood's love of sports played a major role in his life. He spent many years assisting with the football program at New Hanover High School. Later he became an assistant coach at Laney and then at South Brunswick. Football dominated cold weather months.

During baseball season Mr. Younger was involved with American Legion baseball and also Winter Park Optimist Little League where he also served as club president and tournament director. In his sports activities he made friends with coaches and young athletes, friends that he treasured.

One of the first things the Youngers did when they moved to Wilmington in 1947 was to join Grace United Methodist Church where they became active members. Over the years Mr. Younger served two terms as a trustee, worked with Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, and was a long-time usher.

Survivors include his wife Helen Renfrow Younger, his beloved cat, and his only sister Peggy Lewis and her husband Elmer, nieces, nephews, cousins, and his extended family of much loved friends and neighbors. Those who knew him judged Heywood one of a kind. He will be missed.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Grace United Methodist Church. Entombment will follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church from 1 until 2 PM.

Memorial donations may be sent to Grace United Methodist Church or to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice. condolences at www.Andrewsmortuary.com
Published in The News & Observer on May 9, 2018
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