Dunbar Funeral Home - Northeast

4219 Hard Scrabble RD, Columbia, SC


Col James Russell Young

December 10, 1937July 17, 2020

COLUMBIA – Col. James R. Young, 82, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020. He lived a fulfilling life of service to his family, the United States and his many friends around the country.

James graduated from Texas A&M College in 1960 and spent the next 30 years serving in the U.S. Army before settling in Blythewood, SC.

He was preceded in death by his father, Col. William W. Young; mother, Marie Young; and brother, Bill.

James is survived by his wife, Brenda; sons, Jim (Christie) and David (Joni); daughter, Tracey; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and sister, Marie Thiele (Richard).

A graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel, is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central SC Chapter of the American Red Cross, 2751 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201; or the Heartworm Project, www.heartwormproject.org.

Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020


Col James Russell Young

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maria gramling

July 23, 2020

We met Jim at a bank closure auction 25+ years ago. Over the years he became a trusted friend. He worked with us on many projects and we always enjoyed the conversations as Jim was very intelligent and witty. His pride and joy were the two bunkers he bought from us and totally remodeled. Jim, old friend, we know they have Bunkers in Heaven - God Bless You! Good Man! Our thoughts and prayers are with Brenda and the family. JE and Maria

John Erskine

July 21, 2020

Jim was an Aggie classmate, a fellow MSC and a friend. I loved all the beautiful metal sculptures that he did and will miss all his stories and antics in the Bunker! I will miss him, as will all who knew him. He will not be forgotten. May he rest in peace. Our sincere condolences to his family.


July 20, 2020

I've enjoyed the many years and experiences both in the military and after retirement I've had with Jim. was caring, congenial and always friendly. He was a great consultant, supporter and considerate. I will miss him. My prayers go out to Brenda and his family.

Pamela Feaster

July 20, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
--Pamela Feaster, Member of Long Creek Church of Christ

Karl Snyder

July 19, 2020

Jim - a great friend and comrade in arms. Jim and I served together in the US Army at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. He was a loyal military man who had the the best interests of those he supported always in mind. He always provided honest and direct counsel, seeking to better the lives of the around him. He continued to be a valued friend through the years. He will be sorely missed.
Rest in peace Jim. You have done good! Thank you for all the good times. Karl Snyder

Sam Boone

July 19, 2020

I came to know and respect Jim thru our association with the Columbia Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) … our monthly meals at the Fort Jackson Golf Course were a joy. I always enjoyed pictures of this latest metal works. COL Young thank you for your loyal service to our beloved nation and Army. AND that you 'continued to serve' via your active membership in MOAA. Blessings Chaplain Sam Boone

Melanie Lux

July 18, 2020

I lived next door to Jim and Brenda for nine years. There were no better neighbors. Jim was a sweetheart, always ready to help when I had an emergency - leaking fridge, dead pet, well issues. And whenever he made a new sculpture I was among the first to know. He even made things for me - custom hooks that looked like arrows. My boys were little and Jim wowed them with his bunker. You will be missed JimYo! No finer man than you. Love, melanie