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Young, Harry Elder - Harry Elder Young, 92, lifelong resident of Hot Springs, died April 13, 2014, at the Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hot Springs. He was born July 10, 1921, to the late Monroe and Josephine Young.
A graduate of Hot Springs High School, Young entered the Army when he was 18 and served with the First Calvary Division during World War II. While in the Army, he served in the South Pacific, including Australia, the Philippines, New Guinea and Admiralty Islands.
He studied voice with Marjorie Lawrence, Metropolitan Opera star, and he sang in community choruses directed by Elizabeth Bowe Sims and Dora Jane Ellis. He was a member of the Fun City Barbershop Chorus for 24 years. In his younger years, he was active in Community Players, appearing in South Pacific, Of Thee I Sing, Desperate Hours, The Barrets of Wimpole Street, Elizabeth the Queen, and other productions.
He celebrated his 80th and 90th birthdays with his church family at First Christian Church of Hot Springs, where he was a member for 75 years. He held every elected or appointed office in the local church as well as serving at the state level of the Disciples of Christ denomination. He was chairman of the Church Board three times and, as late as his 90th birthday, served on the Board of Trustees. He directed both the youth and adult choirs at the church and sang baritone in the church choir until shortly before his death.
He was a grocer and cook in early in his career, and later he was a salesman for both H.J. Heinz Company and Tom's Snack vending company.
He leaves his daughter, Diane Ellis, a seminary student from Rochester, New York; his son, David Allen Young, a high school teacher from Fayetteville; his daughter-in-law, Katherine Shurlds; his sister, Dorothy Atwood of Little Rock; his best friend and former wife, Carmen Burnett of Seattle; his niece Donna Sharlon and her husband Mike of Conway. He also leaves a granddaughter, Rhiannon Hart of Rochester; and four great grandchildren, Jon, Ian and Evie Hart of Rochester and Heather Lee Ann Young of Trumann. A grandson, Scott Allen Young, died in 2011.
The family wishes to thank the Pines Nursing Home and Gentiva Hospice Care, both of Hot Springs, for the loving care they gave Elder in his final days. The family also wishes to acknowledge the abiding love, support and caring shown to Elder by his Hot Springs "family," the members of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Hot Springs.
A private graveside service will be Thursday, April 17, at 10 a.m. at Memorial Gardens of Hot Springs, under the direction of Arkansas Funeral Care. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church at 1806 Central Avenue in Hot Springs. The family and Elder's church family invite all who knew and loved him to attend.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1806 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901. [from Arkansas Funeral Care online obituary] [Class of 1940]