SPRUCE PINE, N.C. — Robert George Young, age 85 of Hwy 19E Spruce Pine, NC passed away October 10, 2011, at Mission Healthcare Memorial Campus in Asheville, NC.
He was the son of the late Frank B. and Isabella Wilson Young and a Native of Mitchell County, NC. He was a 1943 Graduate of Bowman High School and received a Bachelor Degree in Social Studies and P.E. from Appalachian State University in 1948. He received a Master’s in Administration from Appalachian State University in 1955 and a Vocational Education Degree from North Carolina State University in 1971.
Mr Young served on the Mitchell County Board of Education for sixteen years and the North Carolina School Association for ten years, where he served as The First Vice President. He also served on the Mayland Board of Trustees for nine years.
Mr. Young was a member of The United Methodist Church in Spruce Pine NC.
Before he began his teaching career in Education, he worked as a Fireman for CC&O Railroad in the Virginia Area. During summers he served as Park Ranger at Mount Mitchell State Park and received an award for Volunteer of the year with the Southern Appalachian Conservatory.
He began his teaching career in Davie County, where he taught Social Studies and coached a winning football team for seven years. He spent the next seventeen years as the Principal of Harris High School. The remaining four years before retirement were spent as Superintendent of Mitchell County Schools. He touched innumerable lives in scores of positive ways.
Survivors include his daughters, Bea Young-Smith and husband, Jeffrey, of Lenoir, NC, and Beth Stout and husband, John Carroll, of Newland, NC; grandchildren, Shelley Smith Bailey and husband, Jeffrey, Dylan Young Smith and wife, Julia, and Ella Lee Peterson and husband, Brandon.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 13, 2011, at 3:00 PM in Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Reverends David Hamil and Darrin Waldroup officiating.
The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service.
Private Interment will follow at Green Young Cemetery.
Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to an organization of ones choice.
Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Young Family.