Fallen Hero: 1SG Jimmy Earl Young (Ret)


Funeral Home

Holland Funeral Directors

5281 Cliff Gookin Blvd Tupelo, MS


4- 7 PM, Thursday, January 4, 2024, Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo


11 AM, Friday, January 5, 2024, Holland Funeral Directors , Tupelo


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on January 2, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  1SG Jimmy Earl Young (Ret), age 88, who served in the MSARNG and served within Co D, 1st Battalion 198th Armor Regiment, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. 

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  

Sandra Graham Young (84) and her husband, Jimmy Young (88) lived their lives in service to God, family, community and country and left an indelible mark of selfless service and remarkable love for everyone! The couple, wedded for 66 years, perished in a fire at their Nettleton residence on Monday morning, Jan. 2, 2024. Sandra June Graham was born in Fulton on Aug. 8, l939 to the late Paul and Myrtle Gregory Graham. She graduated from Nettleton High School in l957 and married James Earl Young on June 6, l958. Sandra had a lovely personality, a soft but independent voice and a keen intellect. She attended Memphis State University and returned to Lee County where she served as an assistant to Hon. Tommy Gardner, Atty. at Law. Later, she was secretary to the President of Daybrite Lighting. She retired after over 25 years as a Paralegal for the late Tupelo attorney, Dudley Carr. Sandra loved her Churches (Palestine Baptist, First Baptist-Nettleton and Nettleton UMC (now Nettleton First Community Church). She faithfully participated in all Church activities and, for many years, was their pianist. An excellent seamstress, there was nothing she couldn’t sew. A doting grandmother, Nanny carefully encouraged each of her grandchildren until the end supporting them in school activities and sports, seldom missing their games. Always dressed to the 9’s complete with makeup perfect, Sandra’s sweet countenance made her everyone’s best friend and cohort. James Earl Young was born on Nov. 19, l935 in Lee County to the late Wm. Pruitt Young and Lillie Berryhill Young. He attended Nettleton High School and worked for over 45 years in Commercial Pipe Fitting and Plumbing. Jimmy was a lifelong member of the United Association of Journeymen, Pipe Fitting and Boilermakers Union. His skills were highly sought after in commercial building everywhere. A patriotic American, Jimmy served 40 years in the Mississippi National Guard retiring as Master Sergeant with the nickname “Top”. He was federalized during the Ole Miss Crisis as well as Desert Storm. He was a former deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church-Nettleton. A teller of tall tales and a rather celebrated local historian, he knew how Lee County families were linked and enjoyed talking about them to family and friends. A natural “piddler”, Jimmy could repair anything that had an engine in it! He loved the morning coffee drinking group in Nettleton and enjoyed taking care of his grandchildren’s dogs. Jimmy and Sandra were among the founders of the Nettleton Food Pantry and volunteered countless hours there. Active and beloved members of the Nettleton First Community Church, the two were inseparable and were known for their “down home” approach to their faith, their family and their community. Their encouragement of all, their love of family and all things Nettleton will be their endearing legacy!

A joint service celebrating their lives will be held at 11 AM Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, in the Sadie Holland Memorial Chapel at Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo with their pastor, Rev. Danny Estes officiating. Private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 PM-7PM today (Thurs) and from 10 AM-service time on Friday all at Holland-Tupelo, which is honored to be serving their friends and neighbors. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed at www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Livestreaming at 11 AM Friday and will be archived thereafter.

Sandra and Jimmy are survived by their son, Shane Young of Mooreville; their daughter, Nikki Young Thomas and her husband, Sam of Tupelo; 6 beloved grandchildren, Farren Young, Kayla Young, Bo Thomas (Chandler), Aliyah Young, Jeb Thomas and Maci Thomas. Sandra is survived by her sisters, Martha Bishop of Plantersville and Betty Laney (Jackie) of Gautier, Ms. and a brother, Dan Graham (Jane) of Longview, TX; several nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, and infant siblings, Mary Paul and Ronald Graham. Jimmy is survived by his twin brother, Billy Young and his wife, Joan of the Tater Hills Community; several nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Polly, Lucille and Buck Young.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Nettleton Food Pantry, 389 CR 452, Nettleton, MS. 38858. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net