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Douglas Thorne Young

Columbia

Posted: October 29, 2013 3:55 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2013 5:00 a.m.
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"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth"

 

Our husband and daddy, Douglas Thorne Young, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, October 27, 2013, at home with his wife at his bedside. He will be fondly remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, proud and generous "Pop-Pop" and a dedicated family man. Born May 10, 1942, in Camden, S.C., he was reared in the small community of Cassatt, S.C., in Kershaw County. He was the son of the late Pauline Catoe Young and the late Everett Theodore Young. He married Jacqueline (Jackie) Vaughan of Weldon, N.C., on July 8, 1967, and they reared their three children in the Shandon area of Columbia, S.C.

Doug was a graduate of Midway School in Cassatt, S.C. attended North Greenville Junior College, and was a proud alumnus of Erskine College, class of 1964, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in history. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force for three years during the Vietnam era. Completing his military career, he continued his education at the University of South Carolina where he received a Master’s Degree in history in 1971. He completed a large amount of work toward his Ph.D. in Latin American History as well.

For 32 years he worked faithfully and diligently for the Veterans Administration at the Regional Office in Columbia. After his retirement he enjoyed his time as an adjunct professor of history at South University. He loved the game of soccer and enjoyed it as a parent and referee. He was very proud of his son who played for his beloved Erskine College.

He loved to read from a young age and maintained this habit for the rest of his life. He delighted in sharing his interest in the written word. His particular area of interest was Latin American history. He was a strong supporter of United Methodist Missions and made several mission trips to Mexico. He possessed the gift of being able to pass on pertinent bits of information in a way that enriched the knowledge and aroused the interest of those around him. He brought history to life and made it relevant.

Everything Doug did was for the well being of his family and friends. No matter how down you could be he could make you smile. His heart was huge and his spirit generous. He was always ready to help and he placed others before himself. He was supremely gentle and loving and had a deep and abiding love for God. We shall miss him.

He was a very proud grandfather and father who loved his children and grand children immensely. He was a good husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.

In addition to his parents, Doug was predeceased by his mother and father-in-law, J.U. and Doris Vaughan of Weldon, N.C.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Jacqueline (Jackie) Vaughan Young; daughters, Catherine Blair Young Lord, her husband, Gerry of Ladson, S.C., Rachel Heyward Young Rhodes, her husband, Trevor of Irmo; son, Everett Jackson Thorne Young, his fiancé, Serena K. Merritt of Folly Beach, S.C.; grandsons, Joe Chad, Emery, Jackson, and Elliott Lord and Pierce Rhodes; sisters, Paulette Young Bowers, her husband Butch of Camden, S.C. and Dinah Young Anderson, her husband, George of St. Mary’s, Ga.; sisters-in-law Elizabeth Vaughan Gowen, her husband, Bob of Halifax, N.C., Mary Virginia Vaughan Roughton, her husband, Jack of Raleigh, N.C.; six nieces; four nephews; four great nieces; eleven great nephews; his faithful, furry, four legged companion, Dooley; along with a whole host of very loving cousins and friends who all remember his sweet, loving spirit and dedication to his family as well as his quick wit and love of a good joke. He marched to the beat of his own drum…

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request that memorials be made to the Washington Street United Methodist Church, Soup Cellar, 1401 Washington Street, Columbia, SC 29201; Epworth Children’s Home, PO Box 50466, Columbia, SC 29250 or The Erskine College Endowment Fund, Erskine College, Belk Hall, PO Box 338, Due West, SC 29639, Attention: Vice President David Earle

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. At Doug’s request, his remains will be cremated and inurned at a private family service. A memorial service to celebrate Doug’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 31, 2013, at Washington Street United Methodist Church, 1401 Washington Street, Columbia, SC, conducted by the Reverend William R. Childs.

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