Edward Andrew “Ed” Young, 74 of Kim’s Cove Road, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.
A native of Pisgah, he resided in Atlanta prior to moving to Haywood County, North Carolina in 2003. Ed was the son of the late Earl and Ethel Gray Young. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Arnold Young, Earnest Young, Cecil Young, John Young and Hugh Young and widowed by Judy Young.
Ed was a maintenance manager for Cub Foods in Atlanta for 20 plus years, overseeing all maintenance for each store branch. Ed started visiting Maggie Valley in the early 90’s and, in 1992, built a vacation cabin where he and his family enjoyed weekends in the mountains.
In 2003, Ed completed construction on his primary home in Maggie Valley and permanently moved to the area. Ed focused on his lifelong love of woodworking and carpentry and started his business “Nature’s Lights,” where he created one of a kind, beautiful table lamps, floor lamps, candle sticks, bowls, vases and furniture.
His work was featured and sold in galleries throughout western North Carolina and surrounding areas. Ed was devoted member of First Baptist Church of Maggie Valley, where he also worked for a time, sang in the choir, participated in the Meals on Wheels program, headed up the Billy Graham Televangelical Ministry and served his church family and community with a strong calling.
Ed is survived by his wife, Gladys Taylor Young; daughter, Renee Dalton and her husband Mick; son, Bryan Young; daughter, Angie Buck and her husband Kerry; son, Adam Young and his wife Jennifer; daughter, Lisa Sanborn and her husband Chris; brother, Grant Young; sister, Jewel Blackburn and sister, Doris Pennington; Gladys’ children, Mike Taylor and his wife Julie, Jay Taylor and his wife Debbie and Danette Hickman and her husband Mike; 23 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at 1 p.m., at Maggie Valley First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Mike Odom officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall.
The care of Mr. Young has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home. An online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.