John G. Young, Jr.

Born on May 6, 1959

Departed on December 26, 2016 and resided in Nashville, TN

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John G. Young, Jr.


Born May 6, 1959, John G. Young, Jr. - husband, son, father and friend - went home to God on December 26, 2016. John was a man of deep abiding faith and was at peace with God. A dedicated and award-winning firefighter, he served for over 16 years with the Nashville Fire Department and was the Commander of the Honor Guard. John received the highest honor of the Silver Star, presented by Gov. McWherter, and Chief Buck Dozier.


He was a hazardous materials specialist and a skilled scuba diver and was dive rescue with the Nashville Fire Department. John was very athletic. He loved to snow ski, winning one gold, two silver and one bronze medal at the International Fire Fighters Winter Games. He was a tournament water skier.

He loved backpacking, rappelling, hiking and being in nature. He was a motor cross champion during his high school years, winning over 100 trophies.


John grew up in Nashville and graduated from Antioch High School. He attended Volunteer State College (paramedic curriculum) and took numerous classes offered by the Fire Academy. John had a heart of gold and was a true humanitarian, willing to help anyone at any time. He volunteered at his church, The Center for Spiritual Living Nashville.


John is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie Barber-Young; father, John Young, Sr. (Jane); and brother, Joe (Chris). Also, step-siblings: Andrew Boyd, Diane Wray (Lee), Lisa Meacham (Monty), Natalie Pewitt (Josh), Bobby and Alison Boyd; nephew, Nick Burden and other nieces and nephews. John is survived by his son, John G. Young, III.(Jennifer) and grandson, Daniel. John is predeceased by his sister, Joan Scarlette and mother, Carolyn Jauron Bain.


John’s passion for the Nashville Fire Department was only over-ridden by his love of wife and family.


Service is Friday, December 30th at 11am, at West Harpeth Funeral Home - Rev. Dr. Mitch Johnson and Rev. Dr. Tim Stewart officiating. Interment will follow at Dickson County Memorial Gardens.


Donations may be made to The Center for Spiritual Living Nashville (CSLN) or The Music City Center for Spiritual Living (MCCSL) or the Nashville Humane Society.  Please visit websites for more info.




7 Comments to Mr. John G. Young, Jr.

  1. Karen Stark
    December 29, 2016 1:07 am

    I was honored to know John and loved that he was part of our family. He was always loving and kind and welcomed me into he and Bonnie’s home many times. He was a true hero in every sense of the word. I will miss his sense of adventure, his jokes, his cooking and his stories of his many adventures. He is loved and dearly missed.

  2. Mike Barber Family
    December 29, 2016 10:03 am

    Bonnie from our family: John will be remembered as one of the most courageous and bravest person we know. As a family we all have fond memories of adventures, stories and laughs. He is resting comfortably in God’s hands now. We are truly blessed to have known him.

  3. Nick and Kim Taylor
    December 29, 2016 10:37 am

    Sorry for your loss Bonnie, John’s life story is inspiring.

  4. Dottie
    December 29, 2016 8:38 pm

    I am proud of the loving care & nourishment you provided to your humanitarian husband, John Young. Glorious memories of his shared love will forever soar in your mind. You’ve endured what was so necessary. Continue to share John’s love and may your faith strengthens daily as you let GOD take care of the rest.


  5. Joe Vorlew
    December 29, 2016 8:53 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss Bonnie. You are in my prayers during this difficult time and in the coming days. May God bless and strengthen you.

  6. Michael J Conklin
    December 30, 2016 10:25 am

    I knew John long before he became a fire fighter. We boated and skied together on Percy Priest Lake. He lived in the next building over at the Lakes of Bellevue. We became best friends, and he was always there to lend a hand.
    When times got tough for him he spent six weeks sleeping on my couch, and we shared many stories together.
    I was so glad to hear he made the NFD, the job of his dreams. Nothing scared him, and he would run into danger while others were running out.
    I’m so sorry that I lost touch with him, and even sorrier that he passed away long before his time.
    May God be with his family in this time of sadness. I miss him even more now. Mike Conklin

  7. Linda Adkins-Scolaro
    December 30, 2016 10:47 am

    Dear Bonnie,
    It is truly darkest before the dawn…you are a loving, nurturing soul…John chose you…you chose John…that is your truth…love never departs…
    Much love,

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