May 30, 1938 ~ January 7, 2017

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC,
Resided in: Ashville, NC

Surrounded at home by his family, James Jarrett Young passed away on January 7, 2017, after an amazingly brave battle with melanoma. He was born May 30, 1938 in Asheville and was a lifelong resident of Buncombe County. Jim served in the Marine Corp from 1956-58. Worked over 40 years as a civil structural engineer at Dave Steel, Asheville Steel, and AMC, Inc. where he retired as co-owner and vice president. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church and for a few years after retirement drove the church van on Sunday mornings. He volunteered as a member of Leicester Volunteer Fire Department, served as president of PTA for Leicester Elementary School, and coached youth basketball and softball when his girls were playing. He enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, golfing, NASCAR, following NASA space program, spending time at his houseboat on Fontana Lake, water skiing, gardening, traveling, and riding his tractor working the land on his farm. In his later years and especially during his illness he throughly enjoyed watching his backyard birds and chasing the squirrels away. An avid sports fan, his favorites were Carolina basketball, Washington Redskins, and Charlotte Hornets. He loved all dogs and enjoyed visits from his grand dogs. Preceded in death by his oldest daughter Julia Diane Young Manuel and his parents Everett Ray and Margaret Jarrett Young. Survived by his wife, best friend, and companion for 58 years Virginia (Ginger) Creasman Young. His daughters, Debra Young Brown and husband David, Donna Young Kocot and husband Marty, son-in-law John Thomas Manuel. He was Pappy to his six grandchildren, Steven and Johnny Manuel, Melissa and Elizabeth Coleman, Drew and Matt Kocot. His brother David and wife Milly. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. The family is so grateful for the compassionate loving care from Jim's hospice nurse, Nan and Dr. John Langlois. The weekly visits at home for ten months during his illness were a blessing. You hold a special place in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the music ministry of Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, Asheville 28801 or West Buncombe Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. 549 Old County Home Road, Asheville 28806 in memoriam of Jim Young. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Central United Methodist Church with Dr. Robert Blackburn officiating. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family. The online register is available at At other times over the next few days, the family will be at 49 Whispering Woods Drive, Asheville.

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  1. Donna, Debra and Ginger, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad and husband. Your dad always held a special place in my heart as does your entire family. Prayers for peace and understanding. I love you all

  2. Debra & family,

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family during this time of sorrow. Please know that our family is keeping you and yours in our prayers and thoughts.

  3. Dear Young family,
    I am sending my sincerest condolences to you all. I loved and respected Jim greatly. I am lucky to have known him, and the whole Young family.
    All the best ,
    Ron Coleman

  4. We knew Jim through Donna and Marty. From the beginning we always felt we were in the presence of someone special. A father and husband who clearly cherished his family and they him. Jim was clearly a man of integrity and class, and we loved his sense of humor.

    Our sincerest condolences to the Young family. Lisa and Jim Scudder

  5. Thinking of you all, sending love and good wishes. Jim was truly a gentle man. A good husband, wonderful father and grandfather and true friend.

  6. Debra:
    I did not know your father, but still have fond memories of you and your girls at Abernethy UMC. Also, remembered that your dad with his parents were charter members of Abernethy. Blessings to all of you.
    Joyce Spradley(Abernethy).

  7. Ginger, Donna & Debra & all extended family: My sincere condolences for the loss of a Jim who was a special man, father, husband and grandfather. I have such good memories of playing basketball with Diane when we were just youngins & Jim & Ginger always being there to support us. He fought so very hard and Diane’s passing was difficult for all of you but especially him. Diane was there to greet him in Heaven. Praise the Lord!

  8. Ginger, Donna, and Debra: I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a great influence in my life and especially my career in structural detailing of which I still do today in my own business.. We had some great times through the years that I will never forget.. Please know your in our prayers and thoughts in the days ahead as I know he will be missed..

  9. Ginger, Debra, Donna and Family – Jim suffers no more….and for that we can be thankful. Jim was a gentle man full of energy and compassion. He had a tremendous love for his family and neighbors. I remember our fun times at Fontana Lake – swimming and water skiing as well as all the sporting events we enjoyed as kids…..Jim was always there supporting his girls and their friends. He will truly be missed by all. My heartfelt prayers are with you in this time of loss. God grant you courage and strength during this difficult time.

  10. It’s with heavy heart that Gail and send condolences for loss of , father grandfather friend. such a great American to the family God Bless

  11. Ginger and Family
    What wonderful memories all of you have of your husband,father and grandfather. God Bless all of you. Love Martha


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