Charles Lewis Young, 85, of Charleston left this world while at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston Sunday, December 11, 2011 surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Charlie was born January 9, 1926 in Charleston and was the eldest son of Otmer M. and Thelma B. Young. As a young man he attended Greenbrier Military School and then graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School. After graduation Charlie enlisted in the Navy and served his country in various places, including Australia, during World War II. After the war, Charlie returned home and became an integral part of the family restaurant, the Quarrier Diner, as well as attending Morris Harvey College, now the University of Charleston.
Charlie married and had three daughters by his first wife, Marjorie Ann (French) Young. His first wife left this world prematurely, but Charlie made an extra special effort to be both father and mother to his three daughters. Whenever possible he would take them skiing, to the family farm in Ripley or on a vacation to a place they had never been. Over the next 50 years, Charlie devoted his life to these three girls and their children. Charlie always made time for his nine grandchildren. Each of them has many special memories with "C," the name he insisted they call him.
Charlie also had other interests that he shared with his wife, Drema, his children and their children. He was an avid hunter, and loved music, particularly jazz, and Civil War history, and was a fanatic skiier, skiing until he was in his mid- to late-70s. His interests varied widely, as evidenced by his membership in so many clubs and associations. He was a member of the National Restaurant Association; the Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow); the Civil War Roundtable; Charleston Jazz; the Kanawha Valley Historic and Preservation Society; the Fleming Hunt Club; Shriner's; the Cotillion Dance Club; and was a founding member of Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
Charlie, of course, was the Quarrier Diner. Known by his friends as the "Mayor of Quarrier Street," Charlie would greet every customer by name with a huge smile and sincere words that said, "you're special." He always served a varied menu of delicious home cooking at exceedingly affordable prices. Charlie was out to please people, not to make a fortune.
Charlie is preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie; his youngest daughter, Kathryn Ann Young; and his brother, Edward H. Young.
He is survived by his wife, Drema Slack-Young; two of his daughters, Marcia L. (William) Talbott and Harriet L. (Richard C.) Hoy; his stepson, David Slack; his sister, Betty Jo Schumann; sister-in-law, Ariel Young; and nine grandchildren. He also leaves behind five great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins with whom he maintained contact throughout the years.
Thank you to the staff and residents at both Golden Living Center in Glasgow and Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston. They became part of our family.
Memorial service to celebrate Charlie's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston. A reception will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Charlie's memory may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killan Hill Rd. SW, Lilburn, GA 30047; or the Hubbard Hospice House, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.
You may send your condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.
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