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William Young, Jr. (1936-2020)


Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 4/2/2020 at 13:27:42

William J. Young, Jr., 83, of Davenport, passed away March 28, 2020 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice in Bettendorf. In adherence to the CDC Covad-19 virus guidelines, a private service will be held at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home. Please join our family for a Virtual Celebration of Life at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4th by going to William’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com and clicking on the live stream link. A public memorial will be held later.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) or the American Diabetes Association.

William was born October 7, 1936 in Meridian, Mississippi to William and Roberta (McCoy) Young. He united in marriage to Emma Jean Johnson on October 22, 1958.

In his youth, William was a multitalented athlete who had a passion for baseball and was awarded a contract with the Negro League’s Kansas City Monarchs. He continued to play baseball well into his 50’s and was a dedicated West Little and Pony League coach at Emeis Park. William also had a passion for music, amassing a large collection of albums and recordings over the years. William retired from Alcoa after 36 years in 2001 and filled his retirement years as a deacon at Progressive Baptist Church in Davenport and served on the Board of Directors of Pine Hill Cemetery.

Those left to honor Williams memory include his loving wife of 61 years, Emma and their three daughters; Natalie Young, Sandra Lynn (Nolan) Young-Sheppard and Roberta Jacqueline Young, all of Davenport; grandchildren; William “Greg” (Anne)Young, Christopher Young, Suless Young, Patrice Young, and Warren “Doug” Griffin; great grandchildren; Tavia, Janiah, Cameron, Nathan, and Dominic and one great grandchild; Isaiah; his siblings; Rev. John (Faye) Young, Davenport, Timothy Jackson and Carolyn Young both of San Francisco, California; and numerous loving nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Lettie Mae Johnson, a brother, Donald, a daughter, Twyla Griffin, an infant son, Joseph and a grandson, Jeffery Sheppard.


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