Howard Young

Howard Samuel Young

Thursday, July 9th, 1931 - Thursday, September 26th, 2019
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On Wednesday, September 26th, 2019, Howard Samuel Young passed away at the age of 88,
surrounded by loved ones.
Howard was born on July 9th, 1931 to R.M and Effie Adela Young in Denning, Arkansas. He grew
up during the Great Depression on a cotton, corn, soybean, and livestock farm on the Arkansas
River south of Ozark, and learned at an early age you had to work if you wanted to eat. That
strong work ethic lasted his entire life. Inspired by Carl Rose and Bob Ott, two County Extension
Agents who visited Howard’s family farm to advise on farming practices, Howard decided at age
thirteen to work toward becoming a county agent. After graduating from Altus High School,
with the encouragement of his mother, Howard attended Arkansas Tech for two years, then
transferred to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where the earned his B.S. and M.S
degrees in General Agriculture. He later completed post-graduate work at Colorado State
He worked tirelessly for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, serving as
Staff Chairman in Cleburne, Independence, and White counties. He was a gifted organizer and
motivator, and delighted in developing adult leaders in agricultural organizations as well as
young people through 4-H. He was especially proud that among the many young men he
trained, eleven became Staff Chairmen and five became State Specialists with the Cooperative
Extension Service. He called them “his boys” and many became lifelong friends. The counties in
which he served recognized his dedication and honored him in many ways.
Howard retired from the extension service in 1987. He then earned his license as a real estate
agent and land appraiser, and worked in that profession until the Arkansas Cattlemen’s
Association hired him as their Executive Vice-President in 1988. Under his leadership, that
organization’s 3,000 members grew to 16,000 members, making it the nation’s largest
Cattleman’s Association. He also spearheaded the purchase of a building for the organization’s
headquarters and learning center. He later served as the Executive Director of the Cattlemen’s
Foundation, where he worked until 1996.
Howard did not seek, nor covet, any honors for himself, but felt his calling was to help people
reach their potential, and was grateful for the opportunity to make his life useful. Nevertheless,
his work was recognized in many ways. He was named Progressive Farmers Man of the Year in
1993, and inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1996. Also, in 1996 the
Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association honored Howard and his colleague Frank Baker by
establishing a joint scholarship in their names. White County awards the Howard S. Young 4-H
Scholarship to an outstanding 4-H member each year. He received many other awards and
honors including The Distinguished Service Award from Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council
in 1991, The Distinguished Service Award from the National County Agents Association, and the
Superior Achievement Award from the Arkansas Extension Service. He was inducted into the
Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture in 1993, the University of Arkansas
Department of Animal Science named him Friend of the Department in 1998, and he received
the outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Arkansas Bumpers College of
Agriculture in 1999.
Howard was a devout Christian and family man. He was ordained a Deacon at the Batesville
West Baptist Church and served as Deacon at Valley Baptist Church, Searcy and at Hopewell
Baptist Church, Atkins.
He met his wife Inez Murdoch at Arkansas Tech University, and they married in 1952. They
celebrated sixty-seven years of life together, and were blessed with five children. He always
insisted his professional accomplishments were made possible by her encouragement and
companionship. She served as his partner in all ways, most notably by raising their family and
developing the Century farm and homestead held in Inez’ family since 1867. During the last
twenty-five years of his life Howard enjoyed working his cattle on the Murdoch Farm, serving
the Lord with a joyful heart, and showing his countless friends and family how to love without
Howard and Inez’ son, Howard Scott, proceeded Howard in death at two years of age. Howard
was also proceeded in death by his parents, Milburn and Effie Young; sisters, Margie Hopkins,
Lois Estes, Polly Nichols; brother, Warren Young. He is survived by his wife, Inez; brother, Bill
Young; sister, Betty Carter; brother-in-law, Charles Murdoch; four daughters, Ann Edwards and
husband David, Susan Bradberry & husband Bobby, Melissa Clark & husband Gary, and Sammye
Quattlebaum and husband Storm. He is also survived by one grandson, eight granddaughters,
and four great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 28th at Lemley Funeral Services in Atkins
at 2:00 P.M. with visitation starting at 1:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions to the Young Baker Scholarship, Arkansas
Cattlemen’s Foundation, PO Box 56043, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72214, to the Hopewell Baptist
Church, PO Box 253, Atkins, AR, 72823, or to the Oakland Cemetery, PO Box 440, Atkins, AR,
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Lanny Ashlock

Posted at 08:43pm
One of the great blessings of my life was to be one of “Howard’s Boys”. What a privilege
it was to train under his guidance and to feel the love of the entire Young family. His
legacy lives on and our thoughts and prayers are with Inez and the daughters.
Lanny and Bonnie Ashlock

Ginnie and Van Tyson

Posted at 01:08pm
We are saddened to hear of the death of our good neighbor, Sam Young. Of all his service to many different communities, we are especially aware of the energy and effort he expended to improve the Oakland Cemetery. The preservation of the cemetery's traditions is important to many. Our prayers go out to his family.
Ginnie and Van Tyson

david and kim leggett

Posted at 09:22am
Inez i am so sorry for our loss i never saw Sam without a smile and kind words. He will be in our hearts forever.

Dan Leggett

Posted at 11:14pm
Inez. Words cannot begin to tell you how very sorry I am hearing of Sam’s passing. I can’t imagine the hurt you and the girls are experiencing at this most difficult time. Sam was one of the good guys and will be missed. Know you are on our thoughts.

judy.tilley Posted at 12:26pm

When I think of Mr Young I think of how funny it was when he and my husband were catching that stray Rooster. That day we also shared stories of when they moved to Searcy. Susan, my heart breaks for you , your mom &Sisters today. I pray for God’s comforting Grace to cover you today and the days a head.

Becky Ransom

Posted at 10:19pm
I remember Mr. Young when I was a teen in 4-H club at Pleasant Plains. I was lucky enough to win a trip to Washington D.C. It was one of the best memories of my youth. As a winner I was asked by Mr. Young, to go to the Kiwanis Club meeting and tell about my experience. As an added bonus Mr. Young thought they might want to hear me sing and play my guitar? This was right down my alley. (I am sure that he did not know that I was dreaming of being Loretta Lynn.) I have often had a great laugh when I remembered the song I sang, " Squaw is on the Warpath! " It was a song I had been trying to learn, and afterwards Mr. Young told me I did great! I know he must have been SURPRISED!!! It has been one of those "funny stories" I have told on myself. I have thought of him often and how supportive he was of all us kids. He encouraged us to be our best. When I saw his name, it instantly took me back to a wonderful time when 4-H was supported by some caring people like Mr. Young. He was a fine person. I know you will miss him. RIP

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