Eddie C. Young, 87, of Kempner died July 27, 2018 at home.
Funeral service will be Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. at Sneed Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Restland Cemetery in Gatesville.
Visitation will begin one hour before the funeral.
Mr. Young was born Aug. 25, 1930 in McIntosh County, Georgia to Daniel McAustin Young and Mittie Ann (Poppell) Young. He was one of 10 children and after his father died, he was called on to help support the family farm.
At age 18 he went to Savannah, Georgia with his brother and began working in an upholstery business. Two years later he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Hood after completing basic training.
He met Ramona Meeks at a family-owned restaurant in Gatesville, and they were married soon after.
Mr. Young continued in the upholstery industry over 40 years, working for many years at Fort Hood on the civilian side, while maintaining a shop on his own. His family had lived in Gatesville, Killeen, Harker Heights and Kempner.
He was a deacon and song-leader at Countryside Baptist Church in Kempner. He also was an accomplished guitar player and enjoyed playing and singing at local shows in Harker Heights and Temple.
Mr. Young is survived by his wife, Ramona Young of Kempner; daughter, Lesa Fry of Kempner; son, Troy Young of Kempner; sister, Merle Moye of Georgia; grandchildren, Autumn, Krystal and Seth; stepgrandchildren, Brian, Brittany and Brandon; great-grandchildren, Kolby, Ean, Brooklynn, Aubrie, Jamey, Allison, Beau and Emily; step-greatgrandchildren, Hunter, Kadence, Chandler, Max, Peyton, Angelee and Maddison; and one greatgreat-grandchild, Nova.
He was preceded in death by eight siblings, Leroy, Julius, Ernest, Willis, Lloyd, Charles, Pearl and Rena Mae.