JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — James Ernest “Jim” Young, 79, Johnson City, Tenn., formerly of Grass Creek, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Johnson City Medical Center.
Jim was born Oct. 29, 1934, in Flint, Mich., and moved to Grass Creek at a young age. Jim was a grocery man from the start. His father and mother, Robert “Bob” and Bertha Young, owned Young’s General Store in Grass Creek and Jim’s training in the grocery business began at a young age.
After graduating from Grass Creek High School in 1952, Jim attended General Motors Institute, married (Dorothy Long) and joined the U.S. Army, assigned first to Fort Chaffee, Ark., and then to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
After leaving the army, Jim entered the grocery business and attended Indiana Central College, receiving a B.S. in economics in 1968. Jim continued his success in the grocery business and in 1974 landed a job at Super Foods Services in Orlando, Fla.
For nearly 25 years, Jim worked for Super Foods as vice president and general manager and led the company to growth and profitability. Jim was a longtime member of the Orlando Chamber of Commerce and was honored on several occasions by the chamber for his outstanding contributions to the local business community.
During his tenure with Super Foods, Jim traveled all over the U.S., to Europe, to Central America and the Caribbean. Jim retired to the mountains of North Carolina in the late 1990s and moved to Johnson City, Tenn., in 2003.
Jim loved and collected cars, especially early model year Mustangs and antique tractors, and could often be found tinkering or making repairs. He also loved to cook and his unique post-holiday leftover dishes are legendary. He was also an avid early morning walker who frequently and quietly delivered specially prepared goodies to neighbors. But his secret was out, all the neighbors knew the surreptitious treats were delivered by kindhearted Jim Young.
Jim is survived by his wife, Elaine; his three children, Teresa (Tony Proctor) of Warren County, Va., Lisa of Grass Creek and James (Candi) of Ocoee, Fla. from his first marriage; brothers, Robert (Maurine) of Burkittsville, Md., and William (Patricia) of Cocoa, Fla.; and a long list of loving grandchildren and devoted loved ones.
A memorial service took place Jan. 3 at the Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church, Johnson City.