Joe Dean Young

December 15, 1921November 25, 2018

Joe Dean Young, 96, of NLR went to be with his Lord November 25, 2018. He was born Dec. 15, 1921 in Carlisle to Pete and Amy Weiss Young. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 70 years Rachel Rouse Young, and his beloved son-in-law Mike Stecks. He is survived by the other loves of his life, his daughter Jo Anne Stecks, grandson Michael Stecks, Jr. of Scott, granddaughter Ami Stecks, great-granddaughter Kennedy, and great great-grandson Liam along with many nieces and nephews. Upon his graduation from high school Joe was a bus driver for U.S. Motor Coach for 1 year before enlisting in the Navy in 1942. He served as a gun captain on the USS Card # 11 until 1945. After WWll he returned to drive a bus for Continental Trailways until 1968. After serving 10 years in management, he drove another 10 years until his retirement in February 1989. He had great fun driving many Carlisle high school students on their senior trips as well as many choir and youth groups for his church. Throughout his life he was known for his love of horses, country music, Branson and George Jones. He gave his life to the Lord at Gaines Street Baptist Church in 1954. He was ordained as a deacon in 1959. He served in this capacity faithfully until his death. The family would like to give a special thank you to his friend Ernestine Trotter for much kind and compassionate care. A celebration of his life will be Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Lifeway Baptist Church. Visitation will be at 12:00 pm with services to follow at 1:00 pm. Interment will be at Carlisle Cemetery following the service. Memorials may be made to Lifeway Baptist Church, 800 Wellington Village Road, Little Rock, AR 72211. Online guest book at


  • Lifeway Baptist Church


  • Visitation Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Burial Thursday, November 29, 2018

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Inez Whitehead

December 1, 2018

JoAnne, I am so sorry. Just about a month ago I asked you about your dad and you told me he was still driving so I was surprised to see his obituary. He was a wonderful neighbor to us.

Tom Alstadt

November 30, 2018

Joe was one of the finest men I have ever known. His honest and heartfelt prayers identified him as a true Christian who had a deep love for our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. His love for the Bible and scripture were embodied in his personality. He had a love and concern for the lost as was evidenced by his prayer life and witness. Joe didn't die - he went to be with our Savior. Praise be to God! He will be missed by all who knew him and will always be remembered.

Steve Collier

November 29, 2018

Mr Joe was a great and caring neighbor. He always came by to check on my father in law Larry McGee before he passed. Joe would talk about how he loved our home made Hot Bread & Butter pickles. He told me he had to limit himself to one pickle each time he passed the refrigerator. I said why is that Joe? He replied “I’ll eat the whole jar full in one setting if I don’t“. I really enjoyed talking to him each time he stopped by our market. Mr Joe you will be missed.

Linda Davis

November 29, 2018

Mr. Young made the world a much better place, but, surely, he is rejoicing in heaven with Jesus and his loved ones, especially Rachel and Mike. We love him and are so sorry, JoAnn and family.

Gene Bowman

November 29, 2018

Joe D and my dad were bus drivers for Arkansas Motor Coaches later years Continental Trailways I was about 5 years old when I met him he was one of the nicest men I've known. My Mother died in 1973 Joe D was a pall bearer that's how much my family thought of him. The last time I saw him we were getting hair cut he ask if I needed some tomato's he went out to his car and brought me a sack full. I think he might be the last of the Arkansas Motor Coach drivers. JoAnn and family so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers. Your Dad was real in all parts of his life.

Mary West

November 28, 2018

Joe was one of the sweetest men I know. I met him and Ms Rachel at USA pharmacy in Lakewood Village about 10 years ago and have enjoyed knowing both of them. Ms Rachel passed away about this time of year also .
I always tried to help keep Joes spirits up when I saw him. I would always pass his house on my way to and from work. I always checked to see if he had his curtain open to me that said he was good. I noticed the other day they were closed and I felt something was not right and I just saw his obit and it made me sad. I remember last year he came in to Cornerstone Pharmacy Lakewood and told me it was his birthday and he was 96. I was hoping to hear him tell me he was 97. I want his family to know he will be greatly missed and always have a special place in my heart. Condolences to all of his family and friends.

JeanE Wright

November 28, 2018

I met Mr Young in 2006 while working for USA Drug in Lakewood Village. When I saw Mr. Young approaching the pharmacy it always put a smile on my face. Mr. Young is my customer, I would say. Always upbeat, kind, and respectful. My memories of Mr. Young are hidden in my heart. What a great man he was! Rest in peace Mr. Young. You will be missed.