William Birtle (Billy) Younger 1937 – 2020


William Birtle (Billy)
Younger, 83, ended his last
valiant battle on Friday, April

  1. Billy was born Feb. 1,
    1937 to the late Elvis and Lula
    Traywick Younger.
    Mr. Younger was devoted to
    serving his church, community
    and his close-knit family. For
    almost 50 years, he operated
    Younger’s Grocery & Market,
    which his parents opened at
    the end of World War II. Billy
    joined his mother in running
    the store when his father died
    in 1957. The grocery store
    evolved over the years offering
    everything from feed and
    hardware to fresh butchered
    meats and prepared foods,
    which Billy sometimes
    delivered to remote or
    housebound customers in his
    While the business, which
    served as the hub of the
    community, required long
    hours, Billy spent just as many
    hours on his other interests and
    pursuits. He was a plumber,
    builder, heavy equipment
    operator and first class
    “piddler” as he called his time
    in his beloved workshop.
    Mr. Younger was a Deacon of
    McLemoresville Baptist
    Church, where he was also a
    Sunday School teacher for 54
    years. Over the years, he was
    elected to serve on the
    McLemoresville School
    Board, the Carroll County
    School Board and the West
    Carroll School District Board.
    In 1963, he was a member of
    the founding brigade of the

McLemoresville Volunteer
Fire Department. He served as
Fire Chief from 1988-2012 as
the department added new fire
trucks (one of which he helped
design) and a new fire station.
Mr. Younger was instrumental
in developing a public water
system for the community.
When the national E911
system was implemented in
Carroll County he was
appointed to the first board and
helped establish the system.
He was one of the original
First Responders in the county.
In 2011, he was recognized as
Carroll Countian of the year.
He was a tireless fundraiser for
the causes he loved, selling
thousands of hamburgers from
the Burger Wagon and acting
as amateur auctioneer for PTA
Billy married his high school
sweetheart, Barbara Burke in

  1. She was at his side in
    all his endeavors and his
    tireless companion until the
    end. They had four daughters:
    Sharon Younger, Kayla
    Taylor, Lana (Lex) Suite and
    Laura (John) Guidi; seven
    grandchildren, Kassie
    (Anthony) Coffee, Kara
    Taylor, Danielle Suite, Carson
    (Kara) Suite, Ally Suite, Cole
    (Hannah) Lessenberry and
    Logan Lessenberry; and three
    great grandchildren:
    McKinely, Jackson and Kylie.
    The family loved that Billy
    could make anything, rig
    anything or fix anything,
    which included everything
    from go-carts to broken hearts.
    He was a man of quiet faith
    and few words, unless he was
    telling a long story to the folks

gathered around as he worked
at his butcher block or in his
Mr. Younger died after a
seven-year battle with
Alzheimer’s, during which, he
survived a rare case of tetanus
(lock jaw) contracted while
helping make repairs to the
Carroll County Museum. The
family would like to thank his
caregivers in the Memory Unit
at Forest Cove Senior Living
Community and his hospice
nurse, Melissa Kirk, who was
an angel of mercy connecting
the family during the corona
virus pandemic.
A graveside service was held
Monday, April 20, at 2 p.m.
Memorials can be sent to the
McLemoresville Fire
Department (PO Box 38),
McLemoresville Baptist
Church (Box 208) or the
McLemoresville Cemetery
Association (Box 44).



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