OBITUARY

Larry Dean Young

December 20, 1938March 7, 2019

Funeral services for Larry Young, of Longview, age 80, will be held 12 p.m. noon, Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Greggton First Baptist Church. Rev. Bobby Moore and Pastor James Pierce will officiate. Larry was born Dec. 20, 1938, in San Angelo, TX, the only child of Clara and Dean Young. From an early age he was taught the scriptures by his mother, becoming a Christian at the early age of eight where he grew up in Dallas' Hillcrest Baptist Church of Oak Cliff. After graduating from high school in Dallas, Larry attended East Texas State in Commerce for two years. After a four-year stint in the U. S. Air Force, on June 3, 1967, he married Linda Northum, the love of his life. They were married for more than 51 years, living most of that time in Longview. Their only child, Timothy D. Young, an instructor at the Kilgore Law Enforcement Academy, predeceased his father on Feb. 16, 2015. Timothy's only child, his beloved daughter, Kaela Dean Young, a student at T. K. Gorman in Tyler, brought much beauty, joy and comfort to her grandfather Larry who passed into the arms of his loving Lord on March 7, 2019, after a lengthy illness. Larry worked for Dixie Paper Company for more than forty years, receiving recognition as always being a top salesman, including once winning an award for being Longview's Best Salesman of the Year. Larry retired only a few months ago at age 80, always the consummate salesman. His customers called him, "the Whistler," always happily whistling as he worked. He told his family that had never worked a day in his life. Because he was blessed with gift of gab and loved to meet and talk with people, his work was a real pleasure. Larry's other gift was his ability to work with young, aspiring golfers, both male and female. Although Larry loved to play the game, he loved to mentor the youth of the city even more. He spent much time and resources instructing them, promoting their golfing programs, and transporting them to their meets. There were many weekend trips to the Metroplex which generally ended with a trip to Furr's Cafeteria and a little bit of go-cart racing. One highlight of his life was his own son Timothy's winning the Golf District Medalist at Pine Tree High School and a scholarship to Navarro College. Larry and his "kids" kept up their friendships and relationships, and he followed their careers throughout life. He felt passionately that this was his way to make a difference in the world. The family thanks Trinity Timbers Assisted Living and Traditions Hospice for their loving and meticulous care during Larry's stay there. They would also ask that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Nashville, TN, or to the Children's Ministries of Greggton First Baptist Church in Longview.

Services

  • A Celebration of Larry's Life Thursday, March 14, 2019
REMEMBERING

Larry Dean Young

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Nancy Lindsey

March 13, 2019

Linda,

Sorry to hear about Larry’s passing.

Nancy Adams Lindsey

JEFFREY SKELTON

March 13, 2019

I am so sorry for loss,although I drifted away and had very little contact with the family I fondly remeber all the trips to the woods for camping and hunting and other persuits and will never forget those things or Mr.Larry or Tim. Mrs.Linda I hope and wish all the best in this hard hard time. yours truely JEFFREY SKELTON

Brent T Abernathy

March 13, 2019

Words cannot express what this guy meant to me !
I have been in sales since 1982 and the 1st sales call I ever made was with Larry Young!
We have played in many golf tournaments together, and win or lose, I always had a blast . When quiet was the norm on a golf course, Larry talked to himself and coached you thru the whole time there !
I remember “ low and slow” and “root out on it”!
I have no idea how many kids in east Texas he helped and especially with golf, but he is a big reason why golf is huge at Oak Forest , Pine Tree and East Texas!
Larry, thank you for being a friend , loving your family and friends , and for being a positive force to all of us In east Texas .
We are all much better because of you and your approach to life!

Brent T Abernathy

PHYLLIS DUPLISSEY

March 13, 2019

Mr. Young was our Dixie sales rep at Manly's Furniture for so many years. I always knew when he was here long before I could see him because I heard his whistling. He was always so energetic and friendly and when leaving always ended with "ya'll have a good day now, might as well". He and our manager could really get some sports and politics discussions going too. It was a pleasure to deal with someone so nice & upbeat as well as someone who could take care of business. Our condolences go out to his family, he was such a great guy.
Phyllis

Carter Corvin

March 12, 2019

Going to miss you very much Mr. Larry! I can’t begin to describe the impact that Larry Young had on my life and countless others that knew him. I spent many days at Larry and Linda’s house either playing sports in their backyard or hanging out inside with Tim. Tim and I were close friends growing up, so I got to know Mr. Larry and Mrs. Linda, they were like my parents. Mr. Larry would always tell Mrs. Linda to hide the bean dip when I came over to visit- I would always eat Mr. Larry’s bean dip! I looked up to Mr. Larry. I always wanted to be as great a salesman as Mr. Larry was- He was my example on how to be a successful salesman and one of the main reasons that I have a career in sales today. I loved Mr. Larry like a parent. He will be greatly missed! I know that he and Tim are together again. Thank you Mr. Larry for allowing me to spend time with you, Mrs Linda and Tim!! God bless!!

Carroll Sherman

March 12, 2019

Larry was my cousin and that is how he referred to me “My Cousin.” He always made our orthodontic office smile every time he brought Timothy to see me. He never left the office without my staff commenting to me about how he just made everyone feel “good.” He loved everyone and he shared that feeling better than anyone I know. I will miss you Cousin.. Carroll

Karen Grisham

March 12, 2019

Linda,
I really enjoyed my small interactions with Larry at Trinity Timbers, he seemed like a person I would have liked to known better. My heart goes out to you during this time. May all the wonderful memories you have of Larry help you carry on.
Karen

Jennifer Stafford

March 11, 2019

Mr. Young (Big L) was the happiest, friendliest, charismatic man we had the privilege of serving at Stafford Fitness. He always came in with a smile on his face and let us know where he was going and what he was doing in case that truck was still in th parking lot when he should be done. He was loved by anyone he encountered and never knew a stranger. I’m happy to have gotten to know him these past several years. RIP Mr. Young, we will miss you so much.

Danny Ellison

March 11, 2019

Larry sold his wares to E & S Mfg for over 30 years, He was loved and respected by all of us that worked there. He once told me he was the last of the great peddlers. Loved this one of a kind person. May he rest in peace.
Danny Ellison

Vicki Clark

March 11, 2019

I have know Larry for many hears. He always had a smile and a laugh, even through the hard times. He even gave me a few golf lessons! He will be greatly missed.

FROM THE FAMILY