Myles "Buddy" Poor Young Jr.
December 26, 1941 – July 20, 2019
Myles P. Young, Jr. took his final journey on Saturday, July 20, 2019, with his family by his side. Buddy, a nickname affectionately given to him by his father, was born on December 26, 1941. He spent his early years in Buck Creek, North Carolina. A clever storyteller, he would often regale others with stories from his childhood and the many stops his journey took.
Buddy earned his degree in horticulture from the Catawba Valley Community College, in Hickory, NC. While living in Hickory, he would also meet his future wife, the woman he would spend his life with, Carolyn. They married on June 6, 1971.
Buddy and Carolyn lived in Charlotte, NC, where Buddy began his career in landscaping. Most of that career was spent with the City of Charlotte, Parks and Recreation Department. You could travel down nearly any street in the city and he would point to a tree and tell you a story about it. The same was true of many of the parks around the city, he had a story about the planning or development of the area. While finding joy in the work he did, Buddy would find a greater joy on August 22, 1978, when his daughter, Heather, was born. Buddy had traveled many places in his youth, but had found his home in Charlotte.
After 38 years of bringing beauty and splendor to Charlotte’s streets and parks, Buddy retired. In retirement, Buddy enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Giovanni and Lilyana. He never missed a chance to bring them a sercy; in the same way he used to bring them to his daughter.
Buddy was a master of dry wit, and picked up a degree in sarcasm somewhere along the way. He loved reading, mainly books with stories of science fiction and sword and sorcery. You could always find him with a Pepsi in his hand; a livelong love that started as a child when his father worked for Pepsi Co. He always had a piece of advice to give and story to tell. He is loved by those whose lives he touched on his journey and he will be greatly missed.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents Myles Poor Young, Sr. and Lilian Bradley Young, as well as his sister Melinda Young Cushing. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Pope Young, his daughter Heather Young Trester (Christopher), and his grandchildren Giovanni and Lilyana Trester. A Graveside Service will be held at Catawba Memorial Park, Hickory, NC, on Saturday August 3rd at 12 PM. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11AM – 11:45 AM at Catawba Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Levine Dickson Hospice House, Huntersville, NC, or the Humane Society of Charlotte.
- Carolyn Pope Young, Wife
- Heather Young Trester, Daughter
- Christopher Trester, Son-in-law
- Giovanni Trester, Grandchild
- Lilyana Trester, Grandchild
- Several nieces and nephews
Levine Dickson Hospice House
11900 Vanstory Dr., Huntersville, North Carolina 28078
- Humane Society of Charlotte
- Visitation Saturday, August 3, 2019
- Graveside Service Saturday, August 3, 2019
Myles "Buddy" Poor Young Jr.
Kathy Young Greene
July 26, 2019
So sorry for your lost it has been many years most likely last family funeral in Marion when I saw Bubby last. What a reunion he is having now with all of our family members in heaven.
July 24, 2019
I’ll really miss you, Buddy. My goodness, we had 25+ years with you and Carolyn, sharing a meal, laughing over stories and trying to beat each other at Spades. I’m so glad Mike and I were part of your life. So, so much more than all that, I’m praising our God that we share eternal life with Jesus! My dear Buddy, I know for certain that I will see you again because you are alive and whole. I’m jealous that you have already had that great blessing of running into His waiting arms. I love you, my friend.
July 23, 2019
I am truly sorry to learn of Buddy's passing. Sharon and I want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you . Times like this remind us how important faith and family really are.