Sue Young

Sue Young – August 24, 1933-June 4, 2023

June 4th, 2023, Charl Sue Etchieson Young went to be with our Lord where she will join her beloved husband, Gaines Young.

Sue is survived by her sister, Betty Patton, of Nash, Texas; her son, Greg (Michelle, Charl), and her daughter Mary Charl Korita, (Eric, Parker, Lawson, Caroline). Sue graduated from Okalona High School and attended Henderson State University where she studied Music Education and met Gaines Young. She graduated in three years as the Valedictorian of the class of 1955.

While awaiting Gaines’ return from Germany, Sue moved to Lonoke to teach choir at Lonoke High School. When he returned, they married and moved to Fayetteville where Gaines finished college. After graduation they moved to Carlisle where they lived for 65 years. They both enjoyed being active in their community and their church. Sue was the First United Methodist Church organist/pianist for over 60 years. Sue loved music. She was a lifelong member of the Carlisle Progressive Club and was a devoted Bridge player.  She was passionate about books and played a key role in establishing the Carlisle Library. She also loved all things beauty and fashion and had a style all her own.

She was a homemaker who took great pride in raising her family and supporting her children and grandchildren in their activities– the grandchildren knew her as Mommee.

She was an amazing cook, but no matter how good the food tasted it was no match for the beauty of the tablescape she created for serving it. 

She was the ultimate optimist and only saw the good in everyone. In many ways she was an angel here on earth. The choirs are singing in Heaven today under the direction of her sweet hands. She is in Jesus’ arms and together again with Gaines. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9th, at the Carlisle First United Methodist Church, and visitation will be at 1:00 in Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church choir or the Carlisle Public Library.

8 thoughts on “Sue Young”

  1. Rebekah Brewer-Lewis

    Mary Charl, Gregg and all of your families, I am so very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a great lady and a friend to all. There is a bare spot in Carlisle with both Sue and Gaines gone. May our heavenly father bless all of you. Becky Brewer-Lewis

  2. I am so sorry to hear and read of Sue’s death. She and I each pledged Alpha Sigma Alpha national sorority at different colleges but never the less learned we were sorority sisters. I graduated Carlisle High School a year after Gaines so Sue and I became friends. The family members will be in my thoughts as you adjust your daily lives without Sue.

  3. Joyce Underwood

    Miss Sue was greatly loved and admired when she came to Lonoke to teach music to us students who were only a few years younger than she. I felt blessed to have reconnected with her as an adult, and enjoyed some happy times with her and Gaines. My thoughts and prayers go out to her beautiful family, as I know her death leaves a huge void for Greg, Michelle, Charl, Mary Charl, Eric, Parker, Lawson, and Caroline.

  4. Tammy (Ingle) Waggoner

    Mary Charl & family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing.
    She was a beautiful, sweet lady. My prayers are with you!

  5. Debbye Harrison

    My years in the choir were the most memorable. After all this time I still sing choruses from those anthems we rehearsed in the1960s. It demonstrates the power of music and the joy of being under Sue’s direction and feeling her love and passion for music. Carlisle was blessed to have such an extraordinary talent and dedicated servant! I told her several times how I carried that music in my heart and now I carry her beautiful memory in the same place. She was my idol! May God bring you comfort as you navigate your lives without the physical presence of your parents and grandparents but fortunate to have their spirits in your hearts and memories.

  6. Danny Joe Perry

    Miss Sue, I’m so sorry to read today that you have now passed on. There are only a few people in our lives who remain in our memories forever, and you are one of them for me. It was 68 years ago that you asked me to learn the song “Trees” and then have me sing it on stage. Only God can make a tree, and only God can make an Angle like you.

  7. Marty W. Burton

    So sorry to hear of Mrs. Young’s passing. She was a very nice woman and along with her husband, represented class in Carlisle. My mother Ethelene worked for them and told us stories of helping raise Greg and Mary Charl! We will be praying for the family!
    Love and respect!
    Marty Wayne Burton

  8. she was my best friend she took me to various activities and worked with me in Progressive Club She was a perfect southern lady!

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