Mr. Lloyd Paul Young, 98, of Connelly Springs, went to his Heavenly Reward on Wednesday, June 12, 2024.

Lloyd was born on May 20, 1926, in Catawba County to the late Robert Brantley Young and Cordie Effie Propst.

His life was a testament to many. He was an amazing man of faith, an example of a loving husband, steady provider, nurturing father and a good friend to the community. Lloyd was a friend to many through church, textile work, teaching, coaching basketball, doing taxes, notary, insurance and volunteering throughout the community. He was a graduate of Banoak High School and Lenoir Rhyne University and spent the majority of his professional career teaching in the Burke County school system at George Hildebran High School, Freedom High School and East Burke High School for 30 years, where he loved teaching, but his heart was in coaching boys basketball.

He also spent 18 years at Alba-Waldensian in textile management.  Lloyd had been a member of the Valdese Rotary Club, was a charter member of the George Hildebran Ruritan Club, a first board chairman for the George Hildebran Fire & Rescue, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Odum, in the Pacific Theater and was a member of Wilkies Grove Baptist Church. He was known for his friendly smile, love of gardening and beekeeping.  In the last decade of his life, he always said the hardest part was reading the obituaries of students he had taught in school.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Burns Young, a daughter, Annette Young Brittain, and granddaughters, Tami Lanyae Carpenter and Katherine Elizabeth Johnson, and his siblings, Enoch Abernathy, Prentiss Abernathy, Mae Lovelace, Faye Ogle, Bill Young and Brantley Young Jr.

Those left behind to cherish Lloyd’s memory are his daughters, Debbie Y. Carpenter (Tom) from Prosperity, SC, and Paula Y. Haugh (Mike) of Glen Allen, VA. Additionally, his sister, Jeanne D’Arcy, and son-in-law, Donald Brittain (Debbie) of Hickory.  Also surviving are four grandchildren, Dawn C. Powell (Dunston) of Sullivan’s Island, SC, Derek Brittain (Nikki) and Rodney Brittain (Jamie), both of Hickory, and Hunter Johnson of Glen Allen, VA.  He was also blessed with 6 great-grandchildren, J.D. and Thomas Powell of Sullivan’s Island, SC, Leena and Danner Brittain, Shelby and Carson Brittain, all of Hickory, NC.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at 12:00 P.M. at Wilkies Grove Baptist Church with Mr. Milton Rhoney and Mr. Terry Rogers speaking. A private graveside for the family will follow.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 11:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. at Wilkies Grove Baptist Church.

He was fortunate to be surrounded by the caring nurses and staff at Grace Heights Health & Rehabilitation in Morganton, whose care and kindness was ever present over his last few years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who wish to express sympathy consider memorials to Wilkies Grove Baptist Church, 5780 Wilkies Grove Ch. Rd., Hickory, NC 28602.

An online guestbook and obituary is available at

Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is assisting the Young family.