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Joe Young
© Tahlequah Daily Press
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
October 13, 2008
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

Mighty Joe Young was born May 20, 1963 in Memphis, Tenn., to Joe Conrad Young Sr. and Lillie Frances Stowe. He passed to heaven on Oct. 8, in Tulsa at the age of 45 years, 4 months and 18 days.

Joe joined the United States Navy from 1980 to 1984 serving his career on the U.S.S. Nimitz.

After returning to Tahlequah, he developed his life-long friendship with the late Ed Kirkpatrick, owner of Ned's. This is where Mighty Joe Young began his career and became a Tahlequah icon, recognized for his wit, charm and worldly knowledge. His smile, handshake and a hug was his trademark. Joe was a bartender at Ned's for 18 years and many times voted the No. 1 bartender of Tahlequah.

His hobbies included fishing, going to the lake, magic tricks, puzzles, mind benders, gardening, growing Joe's Forest of Bamboo and hanging with his buddies.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents.

Left to cherish his memory are his sisters: Terry Warren, of Jenks, and Cathy Gary and husband, C.W., of Coldwater, Miss.; brothers: Charlie Young, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Michael Goode and wife, April, of Memphis, Tenn.; long-time companion Jami Warledo, of Tahlequah; and a host of long-time friends, family members, and children to celebrate his life.Services will be held 10 a.m. Monday Oct. 13, 2008 at the Reed-Culver Funeral Home with Pastor Steven Crawford officiating. Internment will follow at the Tahlequah City Cemetery.

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