Murfreesboro Mourns Passing of Vice Mayor Doug Young

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Doug and his beloved wife Susan.
Doug at his Murfreesboro City Council seat.
(L-R) Former Vice Mayor Ron Washington talks with Vice Mayor Doug Young at the dedication of the DOUG YOUNG FIRE AND POLICE TRAINING CENTER.
(L-R) Doug Young and Bart Walker at WGNS.
Polar Bear Plunge at Sports*Com (L-R) Judge Ben Hall McFarlin, Vice Mayor Doug Young, and Mayor Shane McFarland. That's a snowflake on Doug's eye. It was really cold that morning.
Doug's family got together for a photo at the dedication of the DOUG YOUNG FIRE AND POLICE TRAINING CENTER.
(L-R) Eddie Councilman Smotherman, Vice Mayor Doug Young and Councilman Bill Shacklett.
No children were around, so Doug (L) and Bart (R) played on an inflatible slide at a church function.

Doug always had fun with everything he did. That's why we are showing you photos of this leader showing his great sense of humor, love for humanity, family and Murfreesboro.

Murfreesboro Vice Mayor Doug Young lost his battle with cancer at the age of 68. He passed away Sunday (12/18/2016) with family at his side. Visitation with the family will take place from 4:00 to 8:00PM this Wednesday (12/21/2016) afternoon at Woodfin Funeral Chapel (1488 Lascassas Pike). The Service of Witness to the Resurrection in the Memory of Doug will be held at 11:00 o'clock Thursday (12/22/2016) morning at First Presbyterian Church (corner of College and Spring Streets). A reception will follow in the Common Room.

Fellow Councilman Eddie Smotherman said on Facebook it has been an honor to serve with Doug Young and he was "a man who loved Murfreesboro as much as anyone I've ever met."


Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland asked that flags be flown at half-staff in memory of Vice Mayor Doug Young.

He was elected to the Murfreesboro City Council in 2002 and elected as the Murfreesboro Vice Mayor in 2014. Doug also served on the Regional Transportation Authority board and was a member of the Murfreesboro Jaycees.


Young was just last week named the recipient of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Lifetime Achievement award.

On November 8th, ground was broken on the Doug Young Public Training Center. It's just off Bridge Avenue at the former Franklin Heights Housing Complex and is a facility for police and fire personnel.

At that groundbreaking ceremony, Doug told those in attendance . . .

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MTSU President Sidney McPhee extended the university's condolences. Young served his alma mater on the board of directors of the MTSU Alumni Association, and a trustee with the MTSU Foundation, and as a chairman of the MTSU College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board.

McPhee said, "Young was a tireless advocate for our university and a force for good in our community."

He was an owner and store manager of City Tile and Floor Covering. Doug learned at an early age of the importance of bneing involved in your community. Muchf of that while serving as a member of the Murfreesboro Jaycees.

He was a lifetime member of Murfreesboro First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a ruling elder and taught the Adventures In Membership class to help those considering joining or new to the congregation a feeling for the 200+ year history of the church.

He was a Murfreesboro native, and went to Hobgood Elementary School, Central High School and MTSU with a degree in Sociology. While at MTSU, he was a charter member of the Delta Lambda chapter of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army and served for two years in military intelligence.

Young was chairman of the City Schools Foundation and a strong advocate for public education. His daughter and daughter-in-law are teachers. Young's wife, Susan is a retired educator.

Mr. Young was active in scouting and earned the rank of Life and was recognized as the Murfreesboro Good Scout Award recipient earlier this year.

Doug was also a graduate and past board member of Leadership Rutherford, the Murfreesboro Citizens Police and Fire Academies, a past member of the Regional Transportation Authority and Murfreesboro Jaycees. He served as an active duty U.S. Army officer in Infantry and Military Intelligence.

Young owned City Tile and Floor Covering on South Spring Street, which remains a family business.


Doug Young was born at Rutherford Hospital on November 1, 1948 and was the son of the late Andrew Martin Young and Mollie Brock Young. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan Hanson Young; his children, Julie Young Clark and her husband Jerry, Andrew Young and his wife Rebecca, and Matthew Young and his fiancé Sarah Ferry all of Murfreesboro. He is also survived by his brother, Reuel Young; sisters, Sue Young Kersey and Marilyn Young Beachboard; father-in-law, George Hanson; brother-in-law, Neil Hanson and his wife Velma; five precious granddaughters, Catherine and Anna Clark, Reecely and Ellie Young, and Maysen Moore; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Visitation with the family will be Wednesday from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Woodfin Memorial Chapel (1488 Lascassas Pike). A celebration of life will be held Thursday at 11:00am at First Presbyterian Church (corner of College and Spring Streets).

Reverand Dr. John Hinkle and Reverend Bobby Harding will officiate. Honorary pall bearers will be Bob Lamb, Bart Gordon, Mark Pirtle, Tommy Bragg, Bart Walker, Ben McFarlin, John Harney, Newton Harris, Murfreesboro City officials, and the College of Elders from First Presbyterian Church.

Memorials to Doug Young may be sent to:

First Presbyterian Church of Murfreesboro
Historic Preservation Fund
210 N. Spring St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Boy Scouts of America Nashville
3414 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215

Murfreesboro City Schools Foundation
2552 South Church St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37127

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