John Young Obituary (1933 – 2022) – Brentwood, TN

John Young
March 3, 1933 – March 18, 2022
Brentwood, Tennessee – John “Jack” Blair Young Jr., 89, of Hilton Head Island, SC, after an incredible 27-year battle with cancer, left this life with loved ones by his side on Friday, March 18, 2022 , at Harmony of Brentwood Assisted Living, Brentwood, Tennessee. Jack is predeceased by his wife Margaret Needham Young, his son John Blair Young III and his sister Helen Alexander.
Jack was born on a date he shared with a twinkle in his eye, 3/3/33, in Greenport, NY. His father, John Blair Young, a potato farmer, and his mother, Ruth Daniels Young, a schoolteacher, raised him to be hardworking, frugal, and a lover of adventure and the outdoors. Jack graduated from Mattituck High School, then earned a degree at Long Island Agricultural School in Farmingdale, NY. After graduating and seeing a “Join the Navy, See the World” billboard, rather than return to the farm, he adventurously signed up to become a naval aviator. It was in the Navy that he met his future wife Margaret “Peg” Needham, the Captain’s daughter, whom he married in 1958. After serving his country for four years, he traded his navy uniform for that of a pilot. ‘Eastern Airlines, where he flew “big jets” until his retirement in 1991.
Jack has had many accomplishments in life, but none are greater than his two sons, John Blair Young and Christopher Cannon Young. A devoted father, his time between flights was most often spent spending time with his boys. Already an avid fisherman and hunter, Jack discovered other sports with his boys, including golf, tennis and skiing. At 65, Captain Jack learned to snowboard. If Jack was in town, he was sure to be on the sidelines or along the boards watching his sons play football, soccer and hockey. His sons were also by his side during the summer months learning housekeeping such as painting the Victorian house built in 1890 on Lake Waramaug, mowing the lawn, tending the gardens and preparing the boats for the water.
When his “buddies” left home, he added more buddies, resumed his childhood interests in hunting and fishing, and continued to play tennis and golf at Lake Waramaug Country Club where he became known for his colorful jokes, playful teasing, quick wit, extended time. on the practice range (“Jack Young range”), and some memorable parts in the club’s annual musicals.
Always looking for the next adventure – even in “retirement” – Jack was a successful realtor for 20 years in the New Preston, CT area. He and Peg were spending more and more winter months on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. After his passing, Jack moved there year-round, creating a new community around his church, the church choir, and the practice field where he found and entertained another group of buddies. Ever the prankster, in his later years he became more thoughtful, gentler, and increasingly grateful for the many blessings in his life, not the least of which was a large team of adoring children, grandparents, and grandparents. children, great-grandchildren and loyal friends.
He is survived by his son Chris Young and his wife Linda of Nashville, TN, daughter-in-law Kristine Adkisson (John) of Marietta, GA, grandchildren Kelly Pate (Trent) of Birmingham, AL, Brooke Young of Atlanta, GA, Kendall Kempf (Isaiah) of Nashville, TN, John B. Young IV of New York, NY, Brittany Young of Nashville, TN, and Reagan Marsh (Danny) of Abilene, TX, plus three great-grandchildren Lucille Kempf, Eloise Pate and Marais d’Oshea.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for April 23, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church at 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association in honor of his son John, who died of ALS in 2008 or Alive Hospice of Nashville, to whom we are grateful for their compassion, care, guidance and support.

Published by The Island Packet on March 27, 2022.


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