The late Reverend Lawrence and Rosa Lee Bowens Major gave birth to a daughter, Marie. This blessed event occurred in Camden, South Carolina.
This God fearing family nurtured their only daughter with Christian values and a strong appreciation for formal education. At a young age her love for God was expressed. She accepted Jesus the Christ as her Savior and was an active member of the Sardis Baptist Church. As God would see Marie as a mighty warrior who would boldly speak truth, she was found worthy and loving and the mantle to ordained ministry was placed upon her.
Upon graduating with honors from Jackson High School in Camden She matriculated through several walls of higher learning earning her a Bachelor of Science with concentration in Elementary Education from Morris College and a Masters of Education from the University of South Carolina. She did further studies at Columbia College, Lander University, and Coker College throughout her career.
Her marriage to Rev. Charlie Joseph Young blessed her to become the proud, protective and supportive mother of three daughters whom she gave birth, Loretta, Jacqueline and Theresa. She assumed Meredith, her oldest grandchild as her daughter and inspired her as she did the others to always keep God first in whatever they do.
Reverend Marie Major Young was truly an articulate well-spoken individual that strive to give her best in all that she did. She was known to be quite honest and optimistic. Her love for her children came above anything else. She loved God, educating others and sharing of herself when opportunity permitted itself.
As an educator, her career began in Dillon County School District where she taught 6th grade for two years. She then began teaching in the Chester County School District and continued teaching there for 35 years until she retired to care for her ailing mother. Later, she returned to the Lee County School District and the MLD Higher Learning Academy. Even after retiring her love for children was heroic how she sought out teachable moments she often shared her knowledge and intelligence to empower others. Rev. Young tutored at the Camden First United Methodist Church Community Development Program and most recently as a tutor in the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Academic Success Center.
Some would say she was quite a religious woman. She loved attending church services. Since 1976 she gave of her talents and gifts as a member of the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. She was a faithful and loyal member. Rev. Young was also serving faithfully as an Associate Minister at the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church at the time of her death. Rev. Young was a member of the Ministers, Deacons and Trustees Wives Ministry at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church served as treasurer of the Ministers, Deacons and Trustees Wives Auxiliary of the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Association. She was formerly a member of the Mount. Moriah Gospel Choir and Dorcas Star Point. She was considered an honorary member of the Abundant Life Fellowship Church because of her loyal support and love.
She leaves to cherish loving memories of her life and celebrate her home-going four daughters, Mrs. Loretta Young-Masslieno of Columbia, South Carolina, Mrs. Jacqueline Young Wallace, Mrs. Theresa Young-Evans both of Camden, South Carolina and Dr. Meredith Young Watson (Leonard) of Savannah, Georgia: left to continue her legacy are seven grandchildren, Ray Masslieno, Raekisha Masslieno, Brittani Wallace, Raidrian Masslieno, Jonathan Wallace, Rheashaun (Cathriona) Masslieno and Erianna Salmon; eleven great-grandchildren, Malachi, JaQuarius, Saniya, Ray’Mond, Jametrius, Isaiah, Rosalei, Leonardo, Morgan, Draylen, and Chance: Rev. Young also leaves to cherish her memories a brother LTC (Retired) Frank Major of Springfield, Virginia and two sister in laws(who were like sisters) Mrs. Sarah Major of Springfield, Virginia and Mrs. Marie Major of Camden, South Carolina; three nieces, Carmen Major, Sara Major Howard and Rose Marie Major-Williams; a nephew, Frank K. Major.
Rev. Young had a caring spirit causing others to want to be a part of her life. She had several honorary daughters, Janette Gaines, Olivia Smalley-Roberts, Jennie Mitchell Greene, Bessie Hudson, Hessie Peterkin, Gearl Cooke, LaKeisha Saxon, Kelly McClinton and Edna Frederick and honorary grandchildren, Terri Bennett, Toni Bracey, Camisha Williams, Arielle McClain, Janelle McGee, Deja McClinton, Dakota Brister,Ms. Denae Arrington and Latoya Wesley; also honorary great children, Evan, Shaun, and Tru. Rev. Young also had several special friends-Mrs. Mary Robinson, Mrs. Mozelle Thompson, Mr. Leroy Thompson, Sis. Patricia Toney, Mrs. Leila Douglas, and Mr. Henry Wilmore.
Rev. Marie Major Young was a faithful Christian, church member and preacher. Rev. Young was a devoted mother and a loving grandmother, a loving sister and aunt, and an encouraging teacher. The memory of her words of wisdom and support will give her family and friends courage in the days to come. She will be missed and will always be remembered.
Public Viewing will be held on Saturday, February 4 from 6-8pm at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Camden.
Rev. Young will be placed in the church on Sunday at 2pm for viewing until the hour of service.
Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, February 4, 2017 at 3pm at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 801 Broad St., Camden, South Carolina 29020.
Family will receive friends at the home of her daughter, Theresa Young-Evans, 623 Douglas St., Camden, SC 29020.
Job’s Mortuary, Inc., 312 S. Main Street is in charge of arrangements.