Younger, ‘icon’ in Lowndes politics, dies at 78

June 12, 2009

Kristin Mamrack -


Charles Jerome Younger, a longtime former chancery clerk and justice of the peace who was described as an "icon" of the area, died this morning at his Columbus home following an extended illness. He was 78. 


Younger, who suffered a stroke several years ago, served as a Lowndes County Justice Court judge from 1966 until 1983, when he was elected as the Lowndes County chancery clerk. 


He retired as chancery clerk in 2002, after which his daughter, Lisa Younger Neese, was elected to the office; she currently is serving her second term. 


"Mr. Younger was a fine gentleman," said Lowndes County Justice Court Judge Peggy Phillips. "I just think he''s a wonderful man. He did a great job as judge and also as chancery clerk. He had many friends, black and white, and he''ll be long remembered by the people of this county and this community." 


"I''ve known him a long time," Board President and District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders said of Younger. "I''m going to miss him. He knew everybody in the county; he was personable and knew everything going on. I''m going to miss the old fellow. 


"Charles was just an icon in Lowndes County politics, not just in politics, but as a person," he added. "He was very well-liked and had no enemies, whatsoever. He was a good fellow, a good man." 


"He was a very special cousin and more like a brother," said Tom Younger of Columbus Motor Co. "For 45 years, we have talked on the phone every day. I just hope they''ve got some phone lines in heaven, because he''s going to be very disappointed, if he can''t talk to his friends. He loved to talk on the telephone. 


"He was just a very special man and, for his friends and family, there''s going to be a very blank spot in their lives," he added. 


"He was a great friend of mine," B.A. Atkins said of Charles Younger. "He helped a lot of people in his lifetime. He was such a great guy." 


Funeral services for Younger will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Visitation will be held at the church Sunday, for two hours prior to the services. 


Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Gunter and Peel Funeral Home in Columbus.