May 10, 1949July 10, 2018

Rocco J. Youmans, 69, formerly of Summerville and now of Fredericksburg, VA, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. He was born May 10, 1949 in New York City.

He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1990 as a Chief, then retired again in 2011 from the Naval Support Activity, and had just started working for Man Tech in Fredericksburg, VA before falling ill.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn P. Youmans, of Fredericksburg, VA, two daughters, Mary (Christopher) Mendez, of Burke, VA and June Youmans, of Alexandria, VA, two sons, Plowden (Lori Lynn) Dickson, of Goose Creek, and Kevin (Laurieann) Dickson, of Summerville, a half-sister, Kathleen Youmans, of Reno, NV and six grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Saturday July 14, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Carolina Memorial Funeral Home, 7113 Rivers Ave. North Charleston. A funeral will follow in the Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 pm, the Rev. Christopher Mendez officiating. Interment will follow in Carolina Memorial Park.


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  • Visitation Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 14, 2018


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Kathleen Youmans

July 19, 2018

Dear Rocco,

Always my mentor, teacher and big brother….I wish I had been a better student and certainly a better sister.  I wish we had more time together….I am so sorry I didn’t make sure that happened. I’m so sorry I didn’t listen more to you; you had so much wisdom and you were kinder to me than I deserved. You were a gentle and generous man in an often ungentle and ungenerous world.

Thank you for all the wonderful things you did for mom and dad and myself. Thank you for the time I visited my then fiancé in Charleston and you drove all the way out to the airport and then hid so you could see if I was happy or not; if everything was o.k., and then you drove all the way back home without saying a word.  You only told me afterwards that happened. That was silly and goofy and sweet and overprotective and no one else but Rocco would have done that.

I thank God you had such support and love in Evelyn and the kids…everything you did and said showed how much you loved your family and how much they loved you. I thank God you passed surrounded by the love you most certainly deserved. You were a good man.

I am so sorry I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to you; Your Aunt Marlene and I are lost in grief; the pain in her voice when she told me you passed is a testament to how much you mattered to us.  I hope you can hear me now, that it’s not too late for me to say goodbye…I hope you know how much I’ll miss you; how much Marlene will miss you and how proud we were of you. Always.

I keep thinking about Occidental, and you and Mom and Dad and I being in the Rambler going back home all together telling jokes and riddles and Cookie stealing the leftovers. I will try very hard to be good so maybe one day I can sit in that car again with all of you. I believe you made it home, and I know  Mom and Dad have been waiting for you.

Rest in peace and sweetest dreams dear heart.
Love your sister,

JT and Beverly Thomas

July 14, 2018

It’s been such an honor to have known and loved Rocco for over 44 years. He was a true blessing to my sister, Evelyn, and my husband and he became great friends. They loved to share their military experiences. We will truly miss Rocco and will continue to pray for Evelyn and the family.

Charlie Templeton

July 13, 2018

Betty and I want to offer our condolences to Evelyn and Rocco's entire family. I have know Rocco for many years and worked together on projects over those years. He was always upbeat and positive with everything he did. He was the ultimate professional and always ready to give a helping hand to anyone. I had the utmost respect for Rocco and considered him a good friend. It was always easy to pick up the phone and talk to Rocco about any problem or issue and you knew he would help you . I will sincerely miss him.

I wish we were in Charleston so we could attend the services in person. We wish the family the very best and want you to know we are thinking of you.

Charlie and Betty Templeton

June Youmans

July 13, 2018

My Dad was the best. Full of life, love, laughter, and adventure. Always wanting to make us happy. He was truly a positive person. I can't really remember a time he was ever down. He always put his family first, even when he was in so much pain at the end--saying he wants us to be happy, he was sorry for any stress his illness was causing, etc.

Some of the fondest memories I will have of him are from the London and Paris trip I took with my him and my Mom in 2014. They complained I walked them too much but they hung in there! And on the last day my Dad surprised us with tickets to the French live theater version of Flashdance. Mom and I were annoyed we had to rush back for it after sightseeing but it was defintely something we'll never forget. He just wanted to treat us to something that we'd always remember. That's just who he was.

I love you Dad!

Dr. Michael Bachmann, RADM/USN Ret

July 12, 2018

Having had the great opportunity to work with Rocco after retiring from our Great United States Navy, it has been a distinct privilege intersecting and coming to know Rocco. First and foremost he was always a gentleman and kind to all he encountered. It is a true loss, but Rocco and his family can always be proud of his service to our United States of America, and his commitment to continuing to advance our Department of Defense in his civilian career. Rocco is already missed. Prayers to his family. Sincerely, Dr. Michael C. Bachmann, RADM/USN Ret

Ken and Alma Traub

July 11, 2018

our thoughts and prayers are with you Evelyn and the rest of the family. I will always think of him at FBCGC while you were there.
Hugs Alma Traub