R. Jarrell Young Sr.

March 4, 1934November 2, 2018
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After a seven-year battle with cancer, Rodney "Jarrell" Young, Sr. passed into glory on Friday, November 2nd, 2018. Jarrell was born on March 4, 1934 in a farmhouse off Highway 84, between Lubbock and Shallowater, TX to Charles and Lucile Young. He was the oldest of five children, and the only boy. Jarrell graduated from Lubbock High School, Class of 1952, where he jumped high hurdles for the Lubbock High Westerners and played football for the Cowhands. He met the love of his life, Peggy Ruth Dawson, in 1950. His senior year of high school, he served as Lubbock FFA President, and Peggy was the FFA Sweetheart. Jarrell was awarded an Agricultural scholarship from Sears and Roebuck and attended Texas Tech University. On July 28, 1953, he married his Sweetheart, Peggy. Jarrell and Peggy had two children, "Rodney" Jarrell Young, Jr. and Linda Sue Young. Jarrell began working as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in 1953 and served in the Texas National Guard from 1954-1969. During his military service in Lubbock, he commanded Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 132nd Field Artillery, and the 36th Division. During these times he worked late nights, but he always brought home a carton of chocolate milk to share with Peggy. That letter carrier job turned into a 36-year career, ending as Postmaster in Abilene, TX. As Postmaster, Jarrell co-chaired the Combined Federal Campaign under the United Way of Abilene, and pushed a huge project - the Southern Hills Postal branch on Buffalo Gap Road. Jarrell retired from the Postal Service on December 31, 1989 in order to spend more time with his beloved wife, children, and granddaughters. In retirement, Jarrell poured himself into civic and religious interests. He was a committed volunteer with Meals on Wheels, delivering meals and serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for 20 years. He and Peggy were honored as Volunteers of the Month for May 2007. He volunteered as well with Disability Resources where he worked on their Celebrity Quail Hunt. Jarrell was a member of Kiwanis Club since 1978 and served in various chairman positions. He was honored as 2009 Kiwanis Layperson of the Year. He joined the Gideons International in 2005. As a Gideon, Jarrell served as President, Secretary, Chairman of Scripture Distribution, Faith Fund Chairman, and Webmaster. Jarrell was an active church member and belonged to the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lubbock, TX, and Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Abilene, TX. He and Peggy have been members of Wylie United Methodist Church in Abilene, TX, since 2006. Jarrell was passionate about church missions. Jarrell and Peggy volunteered as adult sponsors for several youth missions' trips, but God called Jarrell to even deeper service after a 1995 flood relief mission trip to Missouri. Jarrell followed God's call and ultimately organized and led ten Missions Teams from different churches to a remote area of Costa Rica to provide needed medical and vision treatment, and aid in church construction. Many members of these teams then were led to form their own Mission teams. Jarrell was an avid hunter, fisherman, and woodworker. He always enjoyed the company of his family, dear friends, and his faithful companion Boots the little Boston. He loved watching Texas Tech football with Rodney, eating his daughter-in-law Rhonda Young's cooking, hearing about Linda's wild travel adventures, and spending time with his granddaughters and great-grandchildren. But most of all, he enjoyed spending every day with Peggy. He is survived by Peggy, his beloved wife of 65 years; his son Rodney Young, Jr. and wife Rhonda; his daughter Linda; granddaughters Robyn Young Sharp and husband John Sharp, and Rebekah Young Raux-Sumrall and husband Patrick Sumrall; and great-grandchildren Luke Sharp, Scarlett Sharp, Riley Raux, Owen Sumrall, and Parker Kate Sumrall; his sisters Mary Runkles and Barbara Grimes; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lucile Young; and his sisters Sara Stroud and Judy Peterson. The family wishes to thank Dr. Anton Melnyk for his years of care, Texas Oncology, and Hospice of the Big Country. Services will be at Wylie United Methodist Church, 3430 Antilley Road, Abilene, TX at 10:00a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 with burial following in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Tuesday evening at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 US Hwy 277 South. Pallbearers will be John Sharp, Patrick Sumrall, Jack Darnell, Dennis Miller, Dave Roberts, and Richard Arthur. Honorary pallbearers will be Wiley Wise, Dave Collins, Gale Cheatham, Don Lunday, and Darrell Watkins. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gideons International, Box 2882, Abilene, TX 79604.


  • Peggy Young, Wife
  • Rodney Young, Jr., Son
  • Rhonda Young, Daughter-in-law
  • Linda Young, Daughter
  • Robyn Young Sharp and husband, John Sharp, Granddaughter
  • Rebekah Young Raux-Sumrall and husband, Patrick Sumrall, Granddaughter
  • Luke Sharp, Great Grandchild
  • Scarlett Sharp, Great Grandchild
  • Riley Raux, Great Grandchild
  • Owen Sumrall, Great Grandchild
  • Parker Kate Sumrall, Great Grandchild
  • Mary Runkles, Sister
  • Barbara Grimes, Sister
  • Charles and Lucile Young, Parents
  • Sara Stroud and Judy Peterson, Sisters

  • John Sharp, Active
  • Patrick Sumrall, Active
  • Jack Darnell, Active
  • Dennis Miller, Active
  • Dave Roberts, Active
  • Richard Arthur, Active
  • Wiley Wise, Honorary
  • Dave Collins, Honorary
  • Gail Cheatham, Honorary
  • Don Lunday, Honorary
  • Darrell Watkins, Honorary


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 7, 2018

R. Jarrell Young Sr.

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Barbara (Young) Grimes

November 12, 2018

Jarrell was born in 1934, the 1st born of Charles & Luciles’ children. Mary came along in 1937, Barbara in 1938, and Sara in 1939. Then baby Judy made her appearance much later in 1947. You would have thought that Jarrell would have been intimidated by all us girls, but he had a very strong personality and held his own. He persevered very nicely. We created our own fun in those days. We built our own toys. We got into car tires and some of the kids would roll us down the road. Jarrell built wooden stilts for us to walk on. We “played in the dirt”, what fun. We played “Annie Annie Over” throwing the ball over the house and someone on the other side catching it. Jarrell got a bicycle, a “boys’ bike”. But that did not stop Mary. She would put her leg through the opening between the bars and away she would go. In the summer, we would walk down Quaker, cross the railroad tracks by the Clovis Highway and then we would hike all over Yellow House Canyon. It is a wonder that we were not bitten by snakes, but Mother did not worry about us when we were all together. In the evenings, Jarrell would lay on the grass in our front yard. We would sit on his feet and then he would kick us high into the air. “That is how Sara broke her arm”. When it would rain, it would come a “gully washer” by our house and we would ride “the rapids” in a wash tub. We had such fun living on “our little corner of the world”, (Quaker & Ursuline in Lubbock, Texas). What a childhood growing up in the 40s & 50s. Best of all, Mother and Dad always took us to Church, morning and night. They led us by example. Our World will not be the same without Jarrell in it. Sara and I always said, “that Jarrell lived a charmed life”. She wrote a poem about all of us. I believe that Heaven is rejoicing and happy now that Jarrell has arrived.

Barbara (Young) Grimes

November 12, 2018

Our baby sister, Judy was born August 22, 1947. We all (Mother, Dad, Jarrell, Mary, Barbara & Sara) “spoiled her rotten”. When Judy was about 2 years old, just learning to talk and Jarrell was a teenage at about age 15, he taught her to say, “One Meatball Without Any Bread”. That was a song that was being played on the radio that year. That was before TVs. The song was sung by several different groups, but my Dad’s favorite was the Andrews Sisters. They can be found on YouTube singing this song, among other "oldies but goodies" songs of that era. Jarrell was so proud of himself, when out of the clear blue after much coaching by him, Judy said: “One Meatball without any bread” in her little baby voice. We all had a good laugh. Jarrell loved life and always had a great sense of humor. He will be missed…

Martin L. Popelka

November 7, 2018

Peggy, It was always a honor and privilege to assist Jarrell on two mission trips to Costa Rica while at Aldersgate United Methodist church. His team leadership was great and we built churches and gave people their sight. I am a better person for meeting him and working with him. Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of Jarrell. Martin L. Popelka