Oran Young, 86 of Bladenboro passed away on Friday, August 27, 2021. Oran was born on June 18, 1935, to the late Charles Frank and Estelle Robinson Young. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ann Tart Young; son, Stewart Young; daughter, Jennifer Young Nance and granddaughter, Sara Hester Dowd.
He is survived by two daughters, Kay Young Hester (Steve) of Dublin; and Beth Young Long of Garner; daughter-in-law, Sherry Young Barnes of Bladenboro; two brothers, Keith Young of Lake Waccamaw; Murray Young of Raleigh; two sisters, Janet Berry of Lake Waccamaw; Carolyn McPherson of Lake Waccamaw; four grandsons, Ryan Young (Stephanie); Mason Young, Jared Hester (Becca); Wyatt Long; three great grandchildren; Addie Young; Emmie Dowd and Logan Hester.
Even as a child Oran loved to farm. As a young boy, he planted, tended and guarded his own garden from the yard chickens and rooster. As a young man he settled in the Abbottsburg community with his beloved and wonderfully kind and godly wife, Ann, along with his two young daughters, Jennifer and Kay. There, he grew his family by two more with his only son, Stewart, and the youngest, Beth. He grew within his church family, as well, being baptized at Abbottsburg Baptist Church where served as a deacon and trustee in years past. He and Ann raised four strong, independent children on the farm and in church who then went on to grow their own lives and families.
Along his path, Oran, like his Daddy, enjoyed learning about and discussing politics on a local, national and global level. He liked to watch old westerns and newsmagazines. He enjoyed good food his favorites being fresh corn on the cob, cornmeal fried okra, Ryan’s boiled peanuts and Ann’s fresh coconut cake. He loved building his farm with his son, Stewart, and his life partner, Ann, for future generations and he enjoyed the challenge of perfecting the straightness of his tobacco rows and the color of the gold leaves he cured in his stick tobacco barns. He was known for his straightforward, honest and fair demeanor who lived his life on his own terms. In his final days he was visited by many family, friends and loved ones he had encountered and impacted during his earth journey and for that the family is so very grateful! He was at peace with the life he had lived, the paths he had taken and final chapter ahead with his maker and loved ones awaiting.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 30, 2021, at 5:00pm at Abbottsburg Baptist Church with Rev. Bo Wilkins officiating burial will follow at Western Prong Baptist Church Cemetery.