Walter Lee Young was born on November 13, 1945, the third of seven children, to J.C. and Vera Young in Anniston, Alabama. He accepted Christ and joined the Mount Liberty Baptist Church at a young age. Walter completed his education at Calhoun County Training School, then later attended Alabama State University, Malcolm X College, where he earned an Associate's Degree in Business, Northeastern Illinois University and Jacksonville State University.
Walter was drafted into the United States Army in 1968 and served two years in the Vietnam War. Walter obtained a Purple Heart and an Honorable Discharge, following a relocation to Chicago, Illinois. A career launched as a bus driver for the Chicago Transit Authority. After embarking upon yet another savvy business adventure, Walter relocated to his hometown community of Central City, Alabama. That’s where he opened a convenience store and served as a role model and father figure to many in the Central City community.
After gaining momentum from being a pillar in his community, Walter then campaigned for the seat of City Councilman, Ward II for Anniston, Alabama. He won the election and served four consecutive years in that seat. Walter will be forever remembered for his honor, integrity, duty, and courage. Walter still has an impact on former and future youth in the Southeast. His stern and no-nonsense tactics will forever be remembered.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, J.C. and Vera Young; siblings, Gloria Richey, Carolyn Walls, Nita Chatman, and Willie Young; grandparents, George and Nettie Porter, Sr.; aunts, Earline Carmichael, Jeanette Story, and Agnes Porter; and uncles, James Carmichael, Harold Leon Story, Sr. Deacon George “Sonny” Edward Porter, Jr. and Clarence Williams.
He leaves the following to cherish his memories: his wife, Jovita Young; one son, Jamarco Young; three daughters, Jaclinette Young, Jennifer Young and Jessica Young; two sisters, Cathy Scott and Tonya Jerome) Boyd; one aunt, Eunice Williams; three grandchildren, Armani Meone’ Young, Alexis Isabella Young and Morgan Savannah Kelly; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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