Robert Rane Young
October 22, 1970 -
September 17, 2016

Visitation

September 24, 2016
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Service 

September 24, 2016
12 p.m.

Interment

Obituary

 

Robert Rane Young was born to Dr. and Mrs. William M. Young, Sr on October 22, 1970. From an early age, Robert displayed a heart for helping others and an earnest love for God, characteristics that would follow him throughout his life.

Robert was active as a Boy Scout while growing up in Fayetteville, ultimately achieving the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout in 1985.  A 1989 graduate of Lincoln County High School, he began studying Shorei Goju Karate in the mid 80’s. He received his Shodan (first-degree black belt) from Sensei Garry Hampton in 2008. He continued training in Trias Karate until his passing.

Robert was a member of Theta Xi fraternity while attending Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, and he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He was employed as a software engineer, most recently at Tec-Masters, Inc. in Huntsville.

Robert’s desire to serve his fellow man was demonstrated by his previous service as a member of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s posse and as a deacon at Washington Street church of Christ.

Robert was preceded in death by his father, Dr. William M. Young, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Suzanne Holt Young; his daughter Erin Hayley Young; his sons, Noah McKinney Young and Eli Oren Young; brother, Dr. William McKinney Young, Jr. (Lanette) of Chattanooga; sister Laura Young Clark (Mark) of Fayetteville; nieces and nephews, Connor, Tyler and Ashley Young of Chattanooga, Megan Vaughn (Alex) of Soddy Daisy, TN, Travis Clark of Chattanooga, and Will and Sara Clark of Fayetteville; along with cousins and other extended family.

Visitation with the family will be Saturday, September 24th from 10am until time of service at 12pm at Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Washington Street church of Christ Youth Group. P.O. Box 324, Fayetteville, TN 37334

 

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63 Comments

  1. Ruby Truesdale

    Suzanne,
    My heart goes out to you. I have been out of town and just now heard of your loss. I can’t emagine your heartbreak. I believe that Robert is now in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is a much better place that I hope to be myself someday.

    Reply
  2. Brian Babcock

    My memories of Robert are as a person who would always stand up for others – no matter who they were or whom he was with. My first memories are of Robert doing this for me when I was the newest (and smallest) kid joining the Cub Scout pack that was made up of him and his friends. I saw this continue through high school, when it would have been easy to let some things slide to try and be more popular. We shared a lot of good laughs as well and I am so sorry for your loss. Your family has been and will continue to be in my prayers.

    Reply
  3. Delane & Lane Grissom

    Suzanne I am Debbie Taylor’s sister Laine and I am so sorry to hear of your loss .

    Reply
  4. Terri Johnson Crawford

    Ms. Suzanne, William, and Laura,
    I’m so sorry for all that y’all are going through right now, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I keep thinking back to band trips, school, football games, and even a few memories from first avenue; Robert has always been a wonderful, caring person and he’s going to be missed.
    A lot of love and hugs for you all.
    Terri Crawford

    Reply
  5. Millicent Smith

    My family will certainly miss you Robert. You were such apart of our family in Fayetteville, and the love and friendship that you shared with Doug and Jeff can never be replaced. We love and will miss you so much. The Smith Family.

    Reply
  6. Emily Billings

    Suzanne, Praying for your family. May God bless and give you comfort during this tragic time. There are no words that take away your heartache. Just remember all the good times. Emily Billings

    Reply
  7. Brent Malone

    Ms. Suzanne, Laura, William and your families, I am so sorry for your loss of Robert. He was a good neighbor, exceedingly kind and much loved. I know that this is a very painful time for you, so if we can help you in any way, please let us know. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  8. Lucy Carter Williams

    Ms. Suzanne and Family, our deepest condolences to you all. Prayers for each of you. Robert was so well thought of and loved … These tributes are a great testimony to him.

    Reply
  9. Keith Juergens and TMI family

    I worked with Robert at TMI for several years. He always kept a smile on his face. He was truly a great person. I spoke to Robert a couple of months ago and he remembered going to church with family members of mine, and watching my cousins grow up over time. He loved his kids and spoke of them often. He was a proud dad. He will be missed. You and your family are in our prayers. If you need anything, please feel free to reach out to us here at TMI. Robert was apart of the family here.

    Reply
  10. Another Co-worker

    I worked with Robert for many years. He was kind and caring. He gently shared his Faith and was insightful in recognizing when co-workers needed encouragement and prayer. He was generous with his time and helpful when he didn’t have to be. He clearly was a loving father and family man. I am very sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family and friends.

    Reply
  11. Your Regions Bank Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. We are here for you if you need anything.

    Reply
  12. Gary & Jo Ann Thompson

    Suzanne and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you in your loss. Rest assured that comfort is and will be in God’s closeness to each of you. Gary & Jo Ann Thompson and the Thompson Family.

    Reply
  13. George and Faye Massey

    Thinking of you and your family. Time will help heal your sorrow. Remember the good times.

    Reply
  14. Braden Bassham

    My sincere condolences go out to the Young family. I had the oppurtunity of working alongside Robert the past year and he was always a pleasure to be around. He was one of the kindest people and truly wanted to help others. Robert deeply listened to what you had to say and didn’t just wait for his turn to speak. He will be missed.

    Reply
  15. Carolyn Brooks

    Suzanne, Laura, William and family, My heart is breaking for you. What a sweet, sweet boy Robert was. He was always sooo kind, such a gentleman and always an encourager. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers and we love you, The Carolyn Brooks Family

    Reply
  16. Ken, Chris, Garett, and Alden Golden

    Dear Suzanne, Laura, and Family,

    We were deeply saddened to hear about Robert’s death! He always made it a point to say Hi to us, engage us in conversation, and was known to offer encouragement when needed! He was everyone’s friend! Robert is already is greatly missed!

    Reply
  17. Linda Westbrooks

    Robert you were one of my babies. I had the honor of telling Laura and William they had a new brother. I know you will be missed so much by your family. Ms.Young I am truly sorry for the heartache you are going through. I will always remember that sweet little boy.

    Reply
  18. Sue Cary Simmons

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you now and the days ahead. May God embrace you in his arms with love and comfort.

    Reply
  19. Anne (Robertson) Wolff

    My thoughts are with you all. I am so sorry to hear about Robert.

    Reply
  20. Jon and Christie Atkins

    We are deeply sorry to hear of the loss of Robert. Our prayers will continue with you in the days ahead.
    Jon and Christie Atkins

    Reply
  21. Kay Brewer

    Robert visited Tommy and I in our home several times for share group. He always smiled and he hugged me. He was quite knowledgeable in the Bible and contributed much to our discussions. He will be missed.

    He also petted and loved Maggie, my dog, which meant a lot to me!

    Reply
  22. Ann Young

    I am so sorry to learn of the death of your dear son and brother. My heartfelt thoughts, condolences and prayers are with your family at this very difficult time.

    Reply
  23. Kristen Bains

    I remember Robert from high school as a genuinely nice guy with a good heart. My sincere condolences to your family.

    Reply
  24. Susie Whitehead Clevenger

    Ms. Young
    I am so sad to here of Robert’s passing. I was in the band classes with him in high school. He was such a nice person to the underclassmen. He always made us feel like we belonged.
    Please know I will always be here for you like you have been for me through the years. I love you Ms. Young and I am praying for you and your family.

    Reply
  25. Ben Gatlin

    Suzanne, Laura, and family,
    Please know my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Love, Benny

    Reply
  26. Jimmy and Diane Buchanan

    Suzane and Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Jimmy said Robert was always a great student, so very kind and gentle. May God lend you comfort and peace in the days ahead.

    Reply
  27. Co-worker

    I had the privilege of working with Robert 15 years ago. He had the office next to mine. I am struck with one particular memory of Robert. I was going through a painful divorce at the time. I remember him coming in my office and telling me that he was praying for me and my children and the reconciliation of my marriage. I knew him as a very kind, compassionate, loving father and husband. I know his family meant the world to him because he spoke of them often at work. I am so sorry for your loss, praying that the God of peace will comfort you during this season of your life.

    Reply
  28. Stacy Johnson

    Young Family,
    Each of you know the impact that Robert had on my life. He was truly one of the best people that I have ever met. He truly amazed me time and time again how caring and encouraging he was to everyone he met. That legacy is one to be so proud of and such an example for the us to strive for daily. My heart is broken as I know yours is as well. Please lean on the fact that we are all family, we love y’all and that there is a peace that passes all understanding, I will pray for that peace for each of you.

    Reply
  29. Rob Rowell

    It’s hard to put into words the sorrow of the passing of a loved one. Robert was a great guy and a great friend. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

    Reply
  30. Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Bills

    Suzanne and your family — our deepest sympathy
    for your loss of Robert. Thoughts and prayers are
    with you!

    Reply
  31. Jada Helums

    Suzanne and family, I’m so sorry for your loss, Robert was a sweet person, Praying for you!!! love Jada

    Reply
  32. Deborah Alexander

    As Robert’s backyard neighbor through high school, I will never forget him as the first person I met when my family moved back to Fayetteville in 1987. He took me to get ice cream in Dr. Young’s vintage VW van, which he drove through high school. I’d see his garage lights on at night and know he was putting himself through his own disciplined boot camp. It breaks my heart to know that he is gone.

    Reply
  33. Ricky & Christi Taylor Howell

    Mrs. Suzanne, Laura, William & families, we are so very saddened to hear of your loss. Words cannot express our sympathies to you all. I hope God and time can mend your broken hearts.
    Ricky, Christi, Andrew, & Taylor Howell

    Reply
  34. Brenda & Joe Burns

    Suzanne and Family ,I am so Sorry for your Loss. May God Wrap his arms around each of you during this most difficult time . I will be thinking and praying for you .I lost my grandson Landon and still trying to find peace that he is ok where he is ,I pray the same for you . Please reach out if you need a shoulder as you would for me .! Brenda( ERBURNS)

    Reply
  35. Andrea Babcock

    As so many have said, I always remember Robert’s kindness and friendliness to all. Prayers for your family. Pray you are comforted in the days ahead.

    Reply
  36. Brenda Gatlin Anderson

    So sad to read this.. Nobody ever knows the depths of the struggles we have here on this earth… Suzanne, my heart goes out to you, I don’t want to sound selfish, but I’m so happy our “sweet Dr. Young” did not have to endure this pain and I pray they are in Heaven together. Love to you and your entire family, Brenda Gatlin Anderson

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  37. Jim and Jill Roark

    Our condolences to the Young Family on the passing of Robert.
    We never had an opportunity to meet Robert but his passing is undoubtedly hurtful and unexpected to his wonderful family.
    May our Almighty God provide the entire Young family the solace and love they deserve during their time of mourning.
    In Christian love,
    Jim and Jill Roark

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  38. Todd Stone

    In times of sorrow and grief we must remember the good times. I think of my friendship with Robert as kids, teenagers, and classmates. He always had a smile and joke. My thoughts on this sad news were that one day we will all see Robert and his smile again. Until we meet again my friend! My prayers and thoughts are with your family now and always.

    Reply
  39. SANDRA CHUNN

    Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. May God bless and comfort you all in your time of sorrow. Prayers for all the family.

    Reply
  40. Mary Milstead Clay

    Robert was a one of a kind. He made you feel like you mattered, that he cared. I want his family to know how blessed I feel to have known Robert and my prayers go out to each of you.

    Reply
  41. Amenia "MeMe" Landers

    I’m speechless…Robert was my friend and classmate from K-12. He always had the kindest heart. You never know what a person is going through but I pray his soul is at rest. My heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family

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  42. Barry Mahaffey

    I have fond memories of Robert’s kindness and spirit as a person. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to his family and extended family. Bless you.

    Reply
  43. Todd Bouldin

    As a Fayetteville native, and a friend of Laura at ACU, your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  44. JC Mullins

    To those who don’t know, I called you Cochise for 3 years from the time we met in Huntsville. You referred to me as Batman. But we’re Brothers in Christ! My memories of you are many. From practicing Martial Arts, to countless Bible Studies, to all the prayers we shared and the night I found you stranded on the highway needing a ride home. There was nothing we didn’t do for each other. Thank you for being my Best friend and Brother. Thank you for your love for my son and always asking about him. I know you are Free with God now! I love you Brother! Batman

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  45. Linda (Mitchell) Jones

    I am so heartbroken to hear of Roberts passing. I have known him since we were 5 yrs old. Ms Suzanne I am so sorry. I am sending prayers for you all especially his three children.

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  46. Janet Shaddy Harrigan

    Ms. Suzanne – My heart aches for you & your beautiful family. The incredible pain of a tragic loss like this is unbearable I know. Memories of Robert’s kindness & warm smile will remain with me. Please know that you will be in our daily prayers. May God bless & comfort you.

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  47. Ray Hillis

    Robert was one of those rare individuals who never met a stranger. Everyone he met was just a friend he didn’t know he had yet.

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  48. Karen Karch Gilliam

    My heart aches for all of Robert’s family. I pray God’s peace and comfort will sustain you now and in the days to come. Much love yo all of you.

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  49. Tim Ward

    I met Robert about 2 years ago when he came to train in Martial Arts at my Dojo. He was always quick with a smile and supportive of everyone offering words of encouragement when class got a little challenging. He often stayed after practice and talked with me about life. He said that Martial Arts brought a sense of balance to him and kept him centered and focused. I told him that the doors to my Dojo were always open for him. Just like the gates to Heaven that I know he walked through. Robert will be missed but most importantly he leaves behind fond memories and kind words that will never be forgotten.

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  50. Jeff Smith

    We were neighbors for so many years, but it was more like we were across the street family.

    Mrs. Suzanne, Laura and William I’m so sorry and completely wrecked over this loss.

    I will pray for peace.

    Reply
  51. Kim Halcomb Cowart

    Ms. Suzanne and family, My prayers are with you during this difficult time. May all the wonderful memories in your heart help ease the pain you are feeling. May God provide comfort to each of you.

    Reply
  52. Doug and Penny Clark

    Ms. Suzanne and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

    Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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  53. Cathy Young Hall

    Sending my love and I will be there Saturday.

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  54. BRENDA ROLES

    I AM SO SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR SON, ROBERT. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

    Reply
  55. Wanda Jennings Preston

    Suzanne, please know that I am thinking of you with love and prayers for God’s nearness and comfort.

    Reply
  56. Amy Bowman Phillips

    When I moved here my junior year, Robert was one of the kindest people I met. I am truly grieved by his death. I hope his children grow up knowing how wonderful their father was and that his life made a difference.

    Reply
  57. Christi Swinford Thompson

    Ms. Suzanne and family…..there are no words…..I will pray for peace and comfort for you all in the days ahead. My deepest sympathies….

    Reply
  58. Shawn Reese

    On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend’s life also, in our own, to the world.

    – Henry David Thoreau

    My heart aches for Robert and his family.

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  59. Cara Crisler

    My tribute is to the Young family, all of whom I have always thought so very highly of. No doubt there was ample love and care for and by Robert during his living years. May you all find peace with this loss . . . and celebration of life.

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  60. Cindy English

    You are in my thoughts and prayers…..

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  61. Ann Reese

    We all have pain and heartbreak in this life and no one but God knows what we go through, Robert no longer has to struggle through life. My heart is breaking with the loss of one of my “boys”. I woke up many mornings with the floor covered with sleeping boys and I loved them all. Robert, I love you and may you now have peace.

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  62. Paul Sain

    Robert, you will be missed, but I know that both your earthly and your heavenly fathers are welcoming you home.

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  63. Robin .L. Tittle

    No words will ever be able to explain the heart break of hearing of this passing. He was a friend who was the first person to tell me he was proud of my service to this country with a gift I will always charish because he gave it from his heart and thoughtfulness. He gave me something that only he and I discussed in our friendship. Although we drifted apart he was and will always be in my mind, my
    heart and in my prayers as a kind and gentle soul. We all struggle in this life and most people do not understand the pain we suffer. All I can say is the pain of this life is over. Robert Young I will always remember the time me, you and Noah went horseback riding and talked about the western days gone bye. That is how I will remember my friend and brother.

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63 Comments

  1. Ruby Truesdale

    Suzanne,
    My heart goes out to you. I have been out of town and just now heard of your loss. I can’t emagine your heartbreak. I believe that Robert is now in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is a much better place that I hope to be myself someday.

    Reply
  2. Brian Babcock

    My memories of Robert are as a person who would always stand up for others – no matter who they were or whom he was with. My first memories are of Robert doing this for me when I was the newest (and smallest) kid joining the Cub Scout pack that was made up of him and his friends. I saw this continue through high school, when it would have been easy to let some things slide to try and be more popular. We shared a lot of good laughs as well and I am so sorry for your loss. Your family has been and will continue to be in my prayers.

    Reply
  3. Delane & Lane Grissom

    Suzanne I am Debbie Taylor’s sister Laine and I am so sorry to hear of your loss .

    Reply
  4. Terri Johnson Crawford

    Ms. Suzanne, William, and Laura,
    I’m so sorry for all that y’all are going through right now, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I keep thinking back to band trips, school, football games, and even a few memories from first avenue; Robert has always been a wonderful, caring person and he’s going to be missed.
    A lot of love and hugs for you all.
    Terri Crawford

    Reply
  5. Millicent Smith

    My family will certainly miss you Robert. You were such apart of our family in Fayetteville, and the love and friendship that you shared with Doug and Jeff can never be replaced. We love and will miss you so much. The Smith Family.

    Reply
  6. Emily Billings

    Suzanne, Praying for your family. May God bless and give you comfort during this tragic time. There are no words that take away your heartache. Just remember all the good times. Emily Billings

    Reply
  7. Brent Malone

    Ms. Suzanne, Laura, William and your families, I am so sorry for your loss of Robert. He was a good neighbor, exceedingly kind and much loved. I know that this is a very painful time for you, so if we can help you in any way, please let us know. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  8. Lucy Carter Williams

    Ms. Suzanne and Family, our deepest condolences to you all. Prayers for each of you. Robert was so well thought of and loved … These tributes are a great testimony to him.

    Reply
  9. Keith Juergens and TMI family

    I worked with Robert at TMI for several years. He always kept a smile on his face. He was truly a great person. I spoke to Robert a couple of months ago and he remembered going to church with family members of mine, and watching my cousins grow up over time. He loved his kids and spoke of them often. He was a proud dad. He will be missed. You and your family are in our prayers. If you need anything, please feel free to reach out to us here at TMI. Robert was apart of the family here.

    Reply
  10. Another Co-worker

    I worked with Robert for many years. He was kind and caring. He gently shared his Faith and was insightful in recognizing when co-workers needed encouragement and prayer. He was generous with his time and helpful when he didn’t have to be. He clearly was a loving father and family man. I am very sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family and friends.

    Reply
  11. Your Regions Bank Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. We are here for you if you need anything.

    Reply
  12. Gary & Jo Ann Thompson

    Suzanne and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you in your loss. Rest assured that comfort is and will be in God’s closeness to each of you. Gary & Jo Ann Thompson and the Thompson Family.

    Reply
  13. George and Faye Massey

    Thinking of you and your family. Time will help heal your sorrow. Remember the good times.

    Reply
  14. Braden Bassham

    My sincere condolences go out to the Young family. I had the oppurtunity of working alongside Robert the past year and he was always a pleasure to be around. He was one of the kindest people and truly wanted to help others. Robert deeply listened to what you had to say and didn’t just wait for his turn to speak. He will be missed.

    Reply
  15. Carolyn Brooks

    Suzanne, Laura, William and family, My heart is breaking for you. What a sweet, sweet boy Robert was. He was always sooo kind, such a gentleman and always an encourager. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers and we love you, The Carolyn Brooks Family

    Reply
  16. Ken, Chris, Garett, and Alden Golden

    Dear Suzanne, Laura, and Family,

    We were deeply saddened to hear about Robert’s death! He always made it a point to say Hi to us, engage us in conversation, and was known to offer encouragement when needed! He was everyone’s friend! Robert is already is greatly missed!

    Reply
  17. Linda Westbrooks

    Robert you were one of my babies. I had the honor of telling Laura and William they had a new brother. I know you will be missed so much by your family. Ms.Young I am truly sorry for the heartache you are going through. I will always remember that sweet little boy.

    Reply
  18. Sue Cary Simmons

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you now and the days ahead. May God embrace you in his arms with love and comfort.

    Reply
  19. Anne (Robertson) Wolff

    My thoughts are with you all. I am so sorry to hear about Robert.

    Reply
  20. Jon and Christie Atkins

    We are deeply sorry to hear of the loss of Robert. Our prayers will continue with you in the days ahead.
    Jon and Christie Atkins

    Reply
  21. Kay Brewer

    Robert visited Tommy and I in our home several times for share group. He always smiled and he hugged me. He was quite knowledgeable in the Bible and contributed much to our discussions. He will be missed.

    He also petted and loved Maggie, my dog, which meant a lot to me!

    Reply
  22. Ann Young

    I am so sorry to learn of the death of your dear son and brother. My heartfelt thoughts, condolences and prayers are with your family at this very difficult time.

    Reply
  23. Kristen Bains

    I remember Robert from high school as a genuinely nice guy with a good heart. My sincere condolences to your family.

    Reply
  24. Susie Whitehead Clevenger

    Ms. Young
    I am so sad to here of Robert’s passing. I was in the band classes with him in high school. He was such a nice person to the underclassmen. He always made us feel like we belonged.
    Please know I will always be here for you like you have been for me through the years. I love you Ms. Young and I am praying for you and your family.

    Reply
  25. Ben Gatlin

    Suzanne, Laura, and family,
    Please know my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Love, Benny

    Reply
  26. Jimmy and Diane Buchanan

    Suzane and Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Jimmy said Robert was always a great student, so very kind and gentle. May God lend you comfort and peace in the days ahead.

    Reply
  27. Co-worker

    I had the privilege of working with Robert 15 years ago. He had the office next to mine. I am struck with one particular memory of Robert. I was going through a painful divorce at the time. I remember him coming in my office and telling me that he was praying for me and my children and the reconciliation of my marriage. I knew him as a very kind, compassionate, loving father and husband. I know his family meant the world to him because he spoke of them often at work. I am so sorry for your loss, praying that the God of peace will comfort you during this season of your life.

    Reply
  28. Stacy Johnson

    Young Family,
    Each of you know the impact that Robert had on my life. He was truly one of the best people that I have ever met. He truly amazed me time and time again how caring and encouraging he was to everyone he met. That legacy is one to be so proud of and such an example for the us to strive for daily. My heart is broken as I know yours is as well. Please lean on the fact that we are all family, we love y’all and that there is a peace that passes all understanding, I will pray for that peace for each of you.

    Reply
  29. Rob Rowell

    It’s hard to put into words the sorrow of the passing of a loved one. Robert was a great guy and a great friend. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

    Reply
  30. Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Bills

    Suzanne and your family — our deepest sympathy
    for your loss of Robert. Thoughts and prayers are
    with you!

    Reply
  31. Jada Helums

    Suzanne and family, I’m so sorry for your loss, Robert was a sweet person, Praying for you!!! love Jada

    Reply
  32. Deborah Alexander

    As Robert’s backyard neighbor through high school, I will never forget him as the first person I met when my family moved back to Fayetteville in 1987. He took me to get ice cream in Dr. Young’s vintage VW van, which he drove through high school. I’d see his garage lights on at night and know he was putting himself through his own disciplined boot camp. It breaks my heart to know that he is gone.

    Reply
  33. Ricky & Christi Taylor Howell

    Mrs. Suzanne, Laura, William & families, we are so very saddened to hear of your loss. Words cannot express our sympathies to you all. I hope God and time can mend your broken hearts.
    Ricky, Christi, Andrew, & Taylor Howell

    Reply
  34. Brenda & Joe Burns

    Suzanne and Family ,I am so Sorry for your Loss. May God Wrap his arms around each of you during this most difficult time . I will be thinking and praying for you .I lost my grandson Landon and still trying to find peace that he is ok where he is ,I pray the same for you . Please reach out if you need a shoulder as you would for me .! Brenda( ERBURNS)

    Reply
  35. Andrea Babcock

    As so many have said, I always remember Robert’s kindness and friendliness to all. Prayers for your family. Pray you are comforted in the days ahead.

    Reply
  36. Brenda Gatlin Anderson

    So sad to read this.. Nobody ever knows the depths of the struggles we have here on this earth… Suzanne, my heart goes out to you, I don’t want to sound selfish, but I’m so happy our “sweet Dr. Young” did not have to endure this pain and I pray they are in Heaven together. Love to you and your entire family, Brenda Gatlin Anderson

    Reply
  37. Jim and Jill Roark

    Our condolences to the Young Family on the passing of Robert.
    We never had an opportunity to meet Robert but his passing is undoubtedly hurtful and unexpected to his wonderful family.
    May our Almighty God provide the entire Young family the solace and love they deserve during their time of mourning.
    In Christian love,
    Jim and Jill Roark

    Reply
  38. Todd Stone

    In times of sorrow and grief we must remember the good times. I think of my friendship with Robert as kids, teenagers, and classmates. He always had a smile and joke. My thoughts on this sad news were that one day we will all see Robert and his smile again. Until we meet again my friend! My prayers and thoughts are with your family now and always.

    Reply
  39. SANDRA CHUNN

    Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. May God bless and comfort you all in your time of sorrow. Prayers for all the family.

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  40. Mary Milstead Clay

    Robert was a one of a kind. He made you feel like you mattered, that he cared. I want his family to know how blessed I feel to have known Robert and my prayers go out to each of you.

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  41. Amenia "MeMe" Landers

    I’m speechless…Robert was my friend and classmate from K-12. He always had the kindest heart. You never know what a person is going through but I pray his soul is at rest. My heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family

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  42. Barry Mahaffey

    I have fond memories of Robert’s kindness and spirit as a person. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to his family and extended family. Bless you.

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  43. Todd Bouldin

    As a Fayetteville native, and a friend of Laura at ACU, your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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  44. JC Mullins

    To those who don’t know, I called you Cochise for 3 years from the time we met in Huntsville. You referred to me as Batman. But we’re Brothers in Christ! My memories of you are many. From practicing Martial Arts, to countless Bible Studies, to all the prayers we shared and the night I found you stranded on the highway needing a ride home. There was nothing we didn’t do for each other. Thank you for being my Best friend and Brother. Thank you for your love for my son and always asking about him. I know you are Free with God now! I love you Brother! Batman

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  45. Linda (Mitchell) Jones

    I am so heartbroken to hear of Roberts passing. I have known him since we were 5 yrs old. Ms Suzanne I am so sorry. I am sending prayers for you all especially his three children.

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  46. Janet Shaddy Harrigan

    Ms. Suzanne – My heart aches for you & your beautiful family. The incredible pain of a tragic loss like this is unbearable I know. Memories of Robert’s kindness & warm smile will remain with me. Please know that you will be in our daily prayers. May God bless & comfort you.

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  47. Ray Hillis

    Robert was one of those rare individuals who never met a stranger. Everyone he met was just a friend he didn’t know he had yet.

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  48. Karen Karch Gilliam

    My heart aches for all of Robert’s family. I pray God’s peace and comfort will sustain you now and in the days to come. Much love yo all of you.

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  49. Tim Ward

    I met Robert about 2 years ago when he came to train in Martial Arts at my Dojo. He was always quick with a smile and supportive of everyone offering words of encouragement when class got a little challenging. He often stayed after practice and talked with me about life. He said that Martial Arts brought a sense of balance to him and kept him centered and focused. I told him that the doors to my Dojo were always open for him. Just like the gates to Heaven that I know he walked through. Robert will be missed but most importantly he leaves behind fond memories and kind words that will never be forgotten.

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  50. Jeff Smith

    We were neighbors for so many years, but it was more like we were across the street family.

    Mrs. Suzanne, Laura and William I’m so sorry and completely wrecked over this loss.

    I will pray for peace.

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  51. Kim Halcomb Cowart

    Ms. Suzanne and family, My prayers are with you during this difficult time. May all the wonderful memories in your heart help ease the pain you are feeling. May God provide comfort to each of you.

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  52. Doug and Penny Clark

    Ms. Suzanne and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

    Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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  53. Cathy Young Hall

    Sending my love and I will be there Saturday.

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  54. BRENDA ROLES

    I AM SO SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR SON, ROBERT. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

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  55. Wanda Jennings Preston

    Suzanne, please know that I am thinking of you with love and prayers for God’s nearness and comfort.

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  56. Amy Bowman Phillips

    When I moved here my junior year, Robert was one of the kindest people I met. I am truly grieved by his death. I hope his children grow up knowing how wonderful their father was and that his life made a difference.

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  57. Christi Swinford Thompson

    Ms. Suzanne and family…..there are no words…..I will pray for peace and comfort for you all in the days ahead. My deepest sympathies….

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  58. Shawn Reese

    On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend’s life also, in our own, to the world.

    – Henry David Thoreau

    My heart aches for Robert and his family.

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  59. Cara Crisler

    My tribute is to the Young family, all of whom I have always thought so very highly of. No doubt there was ample love and care for and by Robert during his living years. May you all find peace with this loss . . . and celebration of life.

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  60. Cindy English

    You are in my thoughts and prayers…..

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  61. Ann Reese

    We all have pain and heartbreak in this life and no one but God knows what we go through, Robert no longer has to struggle through life. My heart is breaking with the loss of one of my “boys”. I woke up many mornings with the floor covered with sleeping boys and I loved them all. Robert, I love you and may you now have peace.

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  62. Paul Sain

    Robert, you will be missed, but I know that both your earthly and your heavenly fathers are welcoming you home.

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  63. Robin .L. Tittle

    No words will ever be able to explain the heart break of hearing of this passing. He was a friend who was the first person to tell me he was proud of my service to this country with a gift I will always charish because he gave it from his heart and thoughtfulness. He gave me something that only he and I discussed in our friendship. Although we drifted apart he was and will always be in my mind, my
    heart and in my prayers as a kind and gentle soul. We all struggle in this life and most people do not understand the pain we suffer. All I can say is the pain of this life is over. Robert Young I will always remember the time me, you and Noah went horseback riding and talked about the western days gone bye. That is how I will remember my friend and brother.

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