RALPH OLIVER YOUNG SR., 81, Berry Mountain, died July 17, 2020. He was a 1956 graduate of Oneonta High School and a member of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He retired from O’Neal Steel and McMillian Fabrication Works. He was a skilled machinist, electrician, welder, truck driver, and cattleman. Predeceasing him were parents Oliver Claud Young and Blondell Alexander Young and stepmother Pearlie Blakely Young.
Surviving are wife of 63 years Barbara Ann Jones Young (whom he met on a blind date on April Fool’s Day 1956); children Susan (David) Darby, Ralph (Regina) Young Jr., Ann (Terry) Latham, Pam (Nathan) Freeman, Amanda (Aaron)Ashley; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings Betty Davis, Bill Young; many extended family.
Randy Hale and Odis Epps officiated the 11 a.m. service held July 22 at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Dailey’s Chapel Cemetery. The family requests memorial donations to Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund or Park Avenue Baptist Church Youth Group.