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Lila Rae (Smith) Young

March 13, 1936 ~ January 4, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Lila Young Obituary

Lila Rae (Smith) Young, age 87, passed away early in the morning of January 4th, 2024. She was born on March 13th, 1936 to Dillard Henry and Grace Olive (Reed) Smith in Hot Springs, North Carolina. She was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee and moved to Washington DC after completion of Gibbs High School and business college. She was working at Dun & Bradstreet when she met, and later married, Thomas Wesley Young, the butcher at her local grocer. Together, they moved to Boone, North Carolina where they settled in and started a family. Lila worked in the Controller’s Office at Appalachian State University from the early 1970s until she retired in 1998. Lila was a long-time member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, and later, the First Baptist Church of Boone. She was an avid reader and had collected an impressive library of books over the years, including dozens of church hymnals. She was active with the Mahjong group at the L. E. Harrill Senior Center, the Red Hat Society, and enjoyed singing in her church choirs and going on church trips. She prided herself in the fact that even at the age of 87, she was still able to get out and walk the neighborhood around Grand Boulevard and King Street every day the weather was decent. She loved her family and had a fiercely independent spirit, as anyone who spent any time with her knows well. 

Lila is survived by her sister, Patricia (Smith) Neuner, brothers, Donald and Calvin Smith, son, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Dillard Wesley Young, and his wife, Dr. Erica Rae Slate, her grandchildren, Mary Grace Young and Owen Wesley Young, her stepchildren, Linda Lou (Young) Resh (Bobby), Thomas Wesley Young, II, and Philip Lee Young, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Wesley Young; parents, Dillard and Grace Smith; brothers, Whitney, Everett, and Tilman; sisters, Joyce Manuel, Madelyn Walden, Elaine Martin, Jane Breeden, Alice Grossnickle, Sharon Smith.

Family will receive friends Saturday, January 13, 2024 from 12:00-1:00 PM at Austin and Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Service at 1:00 PM. Burial will be private.

Lila’s family is profoundly grateful for everyone who cared for her in the last month of her life, including the staff at the Watauga Medical Center, as well as the staff at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation.

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