Mrs. Barbara Ann Young

Published 5:18 pm Monday, February 18, 2019

LANETT — Mrs. Barbara Ann Young, 85, of Lanett passed away on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. EST at the Johnson Brown­-Service Funeral Home in Valley with interment following in Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett.  The Rev. Mark McGee and Dr. John Mattox will officiate.  Her family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. EST until the service hour.

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Mrs. Young is survived by her husband of 67 years, James (Jim) Young of Lanett; three sons, James (Mary) Young, Mark (Diane) Young, and Thomas (Barbara) Young; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Mrs. Young was born on Jan. 16, 1934 in Lanett to the late Amos and Pearl Beard.  She was also preceded in death by her brother, Amos (Billy) Beard.

She was a member of the West Point United Methodist Church.  Mrs. Young attended Lanett schools and later was a teacher in the Chambers County and Lanett city school systems.  She and her husband loved to travel in all 50 states and Canada, from the east coast to the west coast.

In 1952, they moved to Buffalo, New York, where they lived for 37 years.  She worked for the Buffalo School Board.  She was a Girl Scout leader and president of the women’s division of Ismail Temple Shriners. When her three sons became Cub Scouts, she became a Cub leader and stayed in the Boy Scouts for over 50 years. She was trained in “Scouting in the Church’s Ministry” at the Philmont, N.M. Scout Ranch.  The Scout Council of Columbus presented her the “Silver Beaver Award,” the highest award an adult can receive in a council.  During her scouting years, she was the manager of the scout office in West Point for 11 years.

Mrs. Young was honored by the Methodist Church and the Boy Scouts. She received the “God and Service” award. There have been very few of these presentations in the local area. After retirement, she enjoyed helping at the church and enjoyed singing in the choir. She also enjoyed playing her Wurlitzer organ at home.  Cooking and keeping house was her pleasure.  She was a devoted wife.

Please visit her Memorial Tribute page at to leave a condolence for her family, share a memory of Mrs. Young, or to light a Remembrance Candle in her memory.

Johnson Brown-­Service Funeral Home of Valley is directing.