Ernest Owen Young, 76, of Savannah, died Saturday, Dec. 29, in Savannah.
He was born in Hardin County, the son of the late James Hubert and Lydia Jewel Morton Young. He was united in marriage to Blonnie Nell Jones, who preceded her husband in death on Dec. 27, 2012.
Mr. Young worked for 30 years as a groundsman for TVEC. He was a veteran of the National Guard. He was a member of Graham United Methodist Church where he served as an elder, song leader, Sunday school teacher, chairman of the church board and church secretary. He also founded a church in India through Sunrise Ministries. He also enjoyed doing electrical work, carpentry, farming, gardening, beekeeping and selling honey, and helping people with minor home repairs.
Services were held on Tuesday, Jan.1, at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Tony Polk and Jim Wright officiating. Burial followed in Campground Cemetery at Hardin County.
He is survived by his children, Sheila Young Mills of Paris, Tenn., Sherry Young Stricklin, Connie Young Hurt and Donnie Darryl Young, all of Savannah; 11 grandchildren, one step grandchild; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Ancil Young of Savannah; and one sister, Nila Franks of Columbia, Tenn.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Seleta McCall; and one brother, Aaron Young.
Memorial donations may be made to Billy Graham Ministries, Pathways or Graham United Methodist Church.