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Mary Alice (Hicks) Young

September 25, 1951 ~ May 12, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Mary Young Obituary

For who can find a virtuous woman, For her price is far above rubies.

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all!”

~ Proverbs 31: 10, 26 - 29


Today, we pause to pay tribute to the life, love and legacy of one, who was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend.

On September 25, 1951, Mary Alice (Hicks) Young was born to the parentage of the late Benjamin Rook and Bettie Mae Hicks in Emporia, Virginia. Being reared in a loving, Christian and God-fearing environment, Mary accepted Christ and was baptized at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Emporia, Virginia, where she served faithfully until her demise. Early in life, she joined the Holy Majestics and was a member for 25 years. She was also a member of the Missionary Ministry and the Mass Choir, until her health declined.

In August 1973, Mary was united in Holy Matrimony to the love of her life, Robert Lee Young, Sr. This union was blessed with four wonderful children.

Known to many as ‘Granny’ or ‘Ma’, she was an excellent cook. Her tasty dishes have blessed the pallets of many! For years, she made her famous potato salad for family gatherings and the church's Annual Homecoming Celebration.

Although Mary never worked a day in her life, she was a blessed woman, who never wanted for anything, but God’s divine power and wisdom. She was a woman of strong faith. She ensured her children knew God, as she surrendered herself to God. She instilled in her children and grandchildren, the value of obtaining an education. Mary walked in harmony with God, in hopes to direct those around her to Christ. Her favorite scripture was, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24: 15)

On Friday, May 12, 2023, God called his beloved daughter home to Glory, while in the care of Bon Secours Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg, Virginia. She is now reunited with: her parents, Benjamin Rook and Bettie Mae Hicks; husband, Robert L. Young, Sr. and brother, Richard D. Hicks.

Precious memories, Oh how they will forever linger in the hearts of: three daughters, Theresa Webb (Jason) of Garysburg, NC, Angela Young and Vanessa Young, both of the home; one son, Robert Lee Young, Jr. of Monroe, NC; eight grandchildren, Tiara Webb, Shaniece Adams (Kasey), Teneshia Webb, JaQuan Harrell, Robert Lee Young, III, D’Angelo Layton, Talik Young and Messiah Wilkins; five great-grandchildren, Jamarion Harrell, Kaiden Adams, X’Zavion Harrell, Mahzi Young and Ja’Von Cain-Webb; three sisters, Rena Mae Banks and Hattie Vaughan both of Emporia, VA and Laura Rook Clayton (Marion Ivan) of Gaston, NC; one brother, Leonard Moody of Roanoke Rapids, NC; three sisters-in-law, Retha Lee Ross of Charlotte, NC, Shirley Hicks and Daisy Y. Scott both of Emporia, VA; one brother-in-law, William Young (Saundra) of Richmond, VA; four aunts, Pearline Rooks, Argie Banks, Ollie Hicks and Dorothy Hicks all of Emporia, VA; five uncles, Howard Hicks, Hubert Hicks, Robert Hicks and John Hicks all of Emporia, VA and Waverly Hicks (Emma) of Mesa, AZ; prayer partner, Carolyn Davenport; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.



Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit  Mrs. Young's tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family. 


The Management and Staff of Knox-High Mortuary, Inc. is privileged to provide

"Distinctive Services, With The Essence Of Excellence"

to the family of Mrs. Mary Alice Hicks Young.

We ask that you join us in remembering the family in both thought and prayer. 

 "Diligent in Business; Fervent in Spirit." - Romans: 12:11





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Open Viewing
May 19, 2023

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

Celebration of Life
May 20, 2023

1:00 PM
Jerusalem Baptist Church
78 Garner Mill Road
Emporia, VA 23847

Interment following funeral service
May 20, 2023

Jerusalem Baptist Church
78 Garner Mill Road
Emporia, VA 23847


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