Geneva Gouge Young

Published 9:15 am Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Geneva Gouge Young, Johnson City, Tenn., entered into rest Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Appalachian Christian Village.
Mrs. Young was born on May 3, 1919, in Carter County. She was the daughter of the late Sherman Gouge and Tamie Stevens Gouge. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Lester B. Young Sr., in 2003; a sister, Beth Fine; and two brothers, MacDonald Gouge and Rudy Gouge.
Mrs. Young graduated from Elizabethton High School in 1938 and Johnson City Business College.
Mrs. Young was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Ann King Sunday school Class. She was awarded the Life Membership Award of the church because of her activities in the women’s work.
She was active in community service. She was President of the Girl’s Club Board, as well as President of the Johnson City Garden Council and Johnson City Garden Club. She served on the board of directors of the Carter County Library, the Mayne Williams Library and the Watauga Regional Library. She was active in the Monday Club for many years, serving as President and heading various committees. She served for many years on the Friend of B. Carroll Reece Museum Board, and in Contact Ministries. She also served the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters and mentored a troubled young boy for one school year.
Mrs. Young dearly loved to play bridge and loved all of the friends she made at the games.
She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Lester B. Young Jr. and his wife, Adele, Freehold, N.J., and George Young and his wife, Pamela, Elizabethton, Tenn.; one daughter, Marlene Collins and her husband, Andy, Kingsport, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Alan Young and his wife, Amanda, Leslie Mildenberg, Andy Young and his wife, Amber, Matthew Young and his fiancée, Shelly, Kimberly Smelley and her husband, Joel, and Christopher Collins; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Gouge and Martha Gouge.
The family will greet guests and share memories from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, Johnson City. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the Sunrise Chapel. Private family committal services will be held at Patton-Simmons Cemetery. Mr. Gerald Malcolm, Mr. Joel Smelley and Mr. Lester B. Young Jr. will officiate. Family members will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to First Presbyterian Church World Mission Fund, 105 S. Boone Street, Johnson City, TN 37604. The family expresses thanks to a special friend, Gerald Malcolm, and caregivers Carol, Diane, Shelby and Waunita, and also Caris Hospice for their compassionate care. Online condolences may be shared through
Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, (423) 610-7171, is serving the family.

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