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William Edward Young

2020-10-30

Mr. William Edward Young, 74, of Yulee passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2020 in Jacksonville Beach at Baptist Medical Center.

He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was a son of the late Jesse Ray and Ella Biddison Young.

At an early age, his family moved to Yulee and he had made his home there since. He was a member of the Fernandina Beach High School Class of 1964. After high school, he spent 11 years in the U. S. Navy, where he trained in nuclear engineering. After his return home, he became an electrician and worked at Container Corporation, retiring from Jefferson Smurfit.

Mr. Young loved to fish and study gemology. Whether it was finding a small gem or common rock, he thoroughly enjoyed being able to work with it, tumble it, and polish it to reveal the beauty hidden beneath a common exterior. Perhaps that love of finding the hidden beauty was part of his motivation for his love of animals. From pets to the squirrels in the yard, he genuinely loved all animals.

In his later years he turned his life to Christ and could often be found reading books on Christianity and spirituality.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two aunts, to whom he was especially close.

He leaves behind his wife, Mary Kay Young of Yulee; his children, Ella (Carl) Cowin of Yulee, Annetta (Carlos) Villaflores of Jacksonville; Mary Kay�s children, Jason (Mindy) Dougherty of Fernandina Beach, Chad (Katy) Dougherty of Fernandina Beach and Alyson (Russ)Watkin of Holladay, Utah and Jim (Pete) Young of Yulee.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Living Waters World Outreach with Pastor Rob Goyette officiating.

The family asks that he be remembered by making a donation to the charity of one�s choice in his memory.