April 25, 1931 ~ May 15, 2022

Born in: Cleveland, OH
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville- Reggie Young, 91, of Asheville, died peacefully on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Black Mountain.

A native of Cleveland, OH, he was a son of the late Guy and Hazel Cunningham Young. Reggie was also preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Pipkin Young as well as a granddaughter, Janice Springer.

Reggie, or Tiny as he was known to his friends and family in his earlier years, grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He was raised by his aunt Plummie, having lost his parents at a young age. He attended Oliver Wendell Homes Elementary, Empire Junior High, and Glenville High School. He earned his collegiate degree from Fenn College, now Cleveland State University. He married his eternal love, Patricia Eileen Pipkin, “the prettiest girl on Helena Avenue” on December 1, 1951, a day he describes as the happiest day of his life. Reggie joined the United States Army that same year and served two years during the Korean conflict as a non commissioned officer. Pat and Reg welcomed twin children, Patricia and William, or Patty and Bill as most know them, while Reg was in the service. Daughter Karen, and sons Brian and Rob followed over the course of the next 17 years. Reggie worked with the Addressograph- Multigraph Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, GF Business Equipment in Youngstown, Ohio, Gunlock Furniture in Wayland, New York, and Steelcase Corporation in Fletcher, North Carolina until he retired in 1998. Outside of his family, Reggie had two great passions, sports and the US Military. He joined American Legion Post 70 and in 2014 he was able to combine those two passions by saving American Legion baseball in Asheville as the program faced elimination. The Asheville Cardinals have become Reggie’s “second” family, as he was dedicated to the mission of providing an opportunity for young men to continue to enjoy the game that they love beyond high school. This year, again, thanks in large part to Reggie, for the first time ever, Asheville will field a ladies softball team. Reggie’s final months were spent as a resident of the North Carolina State Veterans Home where there too, he was loved by all that had the opportunity to know him, and he was extraordinarily appreciative of the loving care the team there provided. Despite his very humble beginning, Reggie, with his wife Pat, built a life and raised a family that he was immensely proud of and he will be dearly missed.

Reggie is survived by two daughters, Patty Davies (Evan) of Hebron, KY and Karen Bredbenner (Scott) of Fairbanks, AK: three sons, Bill Young (Bonnie) of Minnetrista, MN, Brian Young (Annette) of Fernandina Beach, FL and Robert Young (Sara) of Ackworth, GA as well as 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 5:00 till 7:00 PM at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 19th at the Basilica of St. Lawrence, DM with The Very Reverend Father Roger Arnsparger, VE officiating. The Committal Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 19th in the Chapel of the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.

In lieu of flowers, Reggie’s family asks that you consider making a contribution in his memory to the American Legion Post 70, PO Box 9273, Asheville NC 28815.


Visitation: May 18, 2022 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Funeral Mass: May 19, 2022 10:00 am

Basilica of St. Lawrence DM
97 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801


Graveside Service: May 19, 2022 2:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


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  1. Rest in peace Mr Young (Reg) Your guidance and friendship was so important to the Eichhorn Clan through the years The stories and adventures were classic Of course we always looked forward to hearing a song from Our Friday Dinners at Mo and Juniors
    When we all into the act with Pat and Bonnie
    We could go on and on A true gentleman has and thank God we had a chance to know him as our friend
    Bob and Bonnie
    And Family

  2. Rest in peace Mr Young (Reg) Your guidance and friendship was so important to the Eichhorn Clan through the years The stories and adventures were classic Of course we always looked forward to hearing a song from him Our Friday Dinners at Mo and Juniors
    When we all into the act with Pat and Bonnie
    We could go on and on A true gentleman has and thank God we had a chance to know him as our friend
    Bob and Bonnie
    And Family

  3. Rob, and family, I am saddened to learn of Reggie’s death. I was privileged to work with your father for a number of years. He was always professional and had the ability to build and manage relationships that brought favorable results while maintaining mutual respect for all. A trait for which many wish.

    My last visit with Reggie at WNC Vet Center found him with health challenges, but without dampening that positive and hopeful personality that was always present, regardless of the challenge.

    My thought and prayers are with your family during this period of loss. God bless!

  4. Rest In Peace, Reg. You & Don had such great memories together. A compassionate, caring man who was so proud of his family & treated everyone with kindness.

  5. Reggie and I worked together at Steelcase for more than 10 yrs. He was a friend and gentleman. In all those years we never had a cross word between us. He mentored me in purchasing and we paired up in a special way. He loved his Pat and all of his children more than they will ever know. His children’s achievements and there were many, quickly made it to e-mail. Oh how he loved all of you. Rest in peace Reg and God bless of your family.

  6. It has been my honor to have met you though our love of baseball and serving veterans. You are an inspiration that all of us should do more for those that have served in the military. Your baseball and softball vision is rekindled and many young people will benefit from your efforts. Go softly and rest well friend.

  7. Reggie was a friend of ours. He was Historian of American Legion NC Post 70 and eventually turned over that position to Vernon. Reg had a good sense of humor and made many thoughtful remarks during Post 70 meetings. His strong relationship with family members was noteworthy as was his support for and direction of Legion athletic programs. He was great at public relations. He will be sorely missed. RIP, Reggie. You earned it.

  8. May the grace of god welcome you home. My love and prayers to the Young family.
    Kimberly Duchon (Eichhorn )

  9. I don’t have many relatives. My dad was an only child, my mom had one sister. They are all deceased. Tiny Young was my only uncle, though actually he was a cousin. My father and Tiny were first cousins. But to me Tiny was my uncle, and as years went on he was also a great buddy.
    We shared a lot together, early on as a young boy and loving uncle, and later as two adult friends. I will never forget his gentle loving nature, his love of sports and music(which we both shared), his love of family, and his dedication to same. He was there when my father passed, and shortly after when my mom followed. I will never forget his love and devotion towards them. I know his immediate family have memories more loving and wonderful, of that I’m sure. However I’m just as sure they know their dad, their grandpa, was so special to others as well. Though our time spent together was fleeting, I will never forget him, will always treasure him, and I will toast to him always. My dad called him Tiny or Reg, but once and awhile when they were young, he’d call out Big Bubba. Memories of them together, as well as our families, will always bring smiles and tears.
    Rest In Peace Big Bubba, Uncle Tiny…Rejoined in Heaven with your beloved Pat. I will always love, and never forget you…
    Your Georgie

  10. Our condolences to the entire Young family. I hope it comforts your to know that your grief is shared by all of the Eichhorn family. He was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed. May the gates of heaven welcome you with open arms and rest in eternal peace. Kathy Hill (Eichhorn)

  11. Rest in peace my friend enjoyed your friendship in American legion and working with you in our baseball program. I hope someday I will see you again.

  12. Our love and sympathy to the entire family. Reggie sounded like an amazing man and we loved hearing how he was able to make a difference in his community to keep baseball alive. We pray the family is comforted by the love of family and friends.

  13. Like all the Cooper kids I have many fond memories of our beloved “Uncle Tiny”. Growing up in S. Euclid in the
    early 60s I remember the many family get togethers and backyard BBQs with the Youngs and mutual friends, the McGill family. Tiny always made sure the kids had plenty of pop from “Tom Thumb” stores. They were these adorable little glass bottles of red, orange, yellow or lime-green flavored soda. We did not need 7up or Cola – we had “Tom Thumb” pop and we loved it! I also remember Tiny grilling on those old, round charcoal grills with 3 legs (so modest by today’s standards) but that hardly seemed to matter because whatever he made always tasted great and there was always lots of it!

    The most special memories of Tiny though would undoubtedly be the Young & Cooper vacations spent together at Teaneck and Seaside Heights, NJ. Uncle Tiny was always at his best – his wonderful laugh and outgoing personality – it just seemed to radiate and make even simple things entertaining. He was the life of the party and it was a blast to be around him while growing up. Vacationing with Tiny & Pat and our cousins at Seaside Heights was the most fun of all. We stayed at the Colony Motel, hit the beach every day and the Boardwalk at night! Each day we were there seemed magical and having Tiny with us always made things extra special. He was a wonderful, loving and caring Uncle in every possible way. I was sure blessed to have known him like I did. We will miss you dearly Tiny but we will never, ever forget you. Rest in peace.


  14. Patty and family, I was so sorry to hear of Reggie’s passing. When he was still driving, he would stop to chat if I was out doing yard work. His upbeat nature always made my day! He would share news about the American Legion baseball and was so excited about the “comeback”. I know he will be sorely missed. You are in my thoughts!


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