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Rachel Jean Young


Rachel Jean Young, age 86, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020 following a lifetime of service in the care of two her disabled children.

She was born on her family farm on Lick Creek, Smyth County, Va. and retired from General Dynamics (Brunswick). She was a member of Marion Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert James Hays, III; parents, W.R. and Ethel Harner Young; sisters, Ola Mae Clemmons, Laura Mae Lee, and Frankie Newberry; and brother, Warren Young.

Rachel is survived by her four daughters, Alisha Walker and husband, Scott, Tommye Jo Hays, Virginia Osborne and husband, Billy, and Ann Hays; three beloved grandchildren, Beth Williams, Laurence Mann, and Shannon Bills and husband, Zach; nieces, Kellie Snabel and Traci Bunn; nephew, Mark Newberry;  brother, Jack Young; and special friend, Kim Trimble.

Due to Covid concerns, the family will celebrate the life of their indominable,  determined, and loving mother in a private ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be directed to Special Olympics of Virginia in honor of Rachel’s children, Tommye Jo and Robert, who derived so much from this event. Donations may be made by mail, Special Olympics Virginia, 3212 Skipwith Road, Suite 100, Richmond, Va. 23294-4413, by phone 1-800-380-3071, or online at www.specialolympicsva.org.

To share memories of Rachel Jean Young, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Rachel’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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I worked with Rachel many places - the first being Brunswick. She was a hard worker and an inspiration to all who knew her. The next place we worked together was the Swiss Inn (in Glade Spring). Again she was a hard worker. She helped train new wait staff and could run circles around most of the servers. The last place we worked together was the General Francis Marion Hotel - starting with the restaurant Capers. She opened the restaurant on Easter Sunday Brunch and the formal opening on Mother's Day. (I started in July of that year.) The restaurant morphed into The Black Rooster. Again Rachel was tasked with the training of all the wait staff. She was always a pleasure to work with and was missed when she "retired". I enjoyed all the time we spent together and will miss her dearly. Bill O'Shea

William (Bill) O'Shea Jul 14 2020 12:00 AM

Rachel was a neighbor of my brother. She was a lovely lady and always kind and considerate. I will miss her and the joy that she brought to my brother and me. May she rest in peace. Carolyn Sue Blevins Billy Blevins Michael Blevins Lois Blevins

Carolyn Sue Blevins Jul 12 2020 12:00 AM

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