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Obituary: Opal Gaston Young, 96, Adair Co., KY, native

Opal Young was a life-long, dedicated member of the Columbia Baptist Church. She was a member of a highly regarded and distinguished Adair County family. She was a beloved Sunday School teacher and was a leader of the Girls Auxiliary (GAs) at Columbia Baptist Church. She will be remembered by so many for the wonderful home baked pies she provided for her husband's store, Young & Wilson Rexall, in Downtown Columbia, KY. -CM

Opal Gaston Young passed away March 4, 2010, in Chattanooga, TN, at the age of 96.

The funeral will be at 2pmCT, Sunday, March 7, 2010, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY. Visitation will begin at noon, immediately preceding the service. Burial will be in Haven Hill Cemetery, 1276 Liberty RD, Columbia, KY.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Summit Manor Nursing Home, The Highlands, and Hospice at NHC Parkwood in Cattanooga for their kind care of Opal. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Gideons Internation or to the Columbia Baptist Church.

Opal Gaston Young, Adair Co., KY (1913-2010)

Opal was born November 28, 1913, to H.F. and Mintie Walbert Gaston. In 1937, she married Charles Garnett Young, with whom she had two children, Mary Jane (Bob) Robbins of Chattanooga, TN, and Charles Garnett (Cathy Dohm) Young, Jr., of Mahomet, IL. There are four grandchildren: Michael (Courtney Saunders) Robbins of TN; David Young, Sarah Young (Mrs. Andrew) Thorman, and Benjamin Young, of Illinois; and one great great granddaughter, Ava Robbins.

Opal graduated from Lindsey Wilson Junior College and taught 5th grade in the county schools and at Columbia Graded School in the mid 1930s and early 1940s., She retired to become a full time homemaker and to raise her children. She was a life-long, dedicated member of Columbia Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and led the GAs. In the 1950s, she baked pies for the lunch counter at her husband's store, Young and Wilson Rexall.

Opal had one sister, Vonnie Powell McClain, who preceded her in death. Mr. Young passed away in 2002. After his passing, Opal moved to The Highlands in Somerset, KY.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, is in charge of arrangements.

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