Kermit Edward Young

May 31, 1948 ~ November 4, 2014

Kermit E. "Champ" Young, Jr., aged 66, passed away at home unexpectedly on November 2, 2014. Music was at the center of Champ's life. He was a widely respected keyboard player, composer, and lyricist. Champ was born in and grew up in Kingsport, where he attended Dobyns-Bennett High School. He and his family then moved to Johnson City, where he lived at the Rosepoint Apartments for most of his life thereafter. Champ was preceded in death by his parents, Kermit E. Young, Sr. and Dionne Byrd Young, as well as his beloved maternal grandmother, Mary Ellen Grinstead Byrd, and cousin Jane Ellen. He is survived by his older sister, Rosemary Young Brener and brother-in-law, Jasper Brener, of New York; niece, Jan Brener, great nephew, Max Coakley, and great niece, Jessie Brener, of London, England; cousins, Carl and Kathy Young, Jr., of Gray, TN, and their children, Carl III, Ann Katherine, and Mary Ellen; Mary Dionne Young Hawkins and husband, William M. Hawkins, and their children, Linda and Bill; and Ralph and Amy, the children of Champ's late cousin Jane. The family will receive visitors from 11 am until 1 pm Friday, November 14, 2014 in the Morris-Baker North Chapel. The memorial service will follow in the North Chapel at 1 pm.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The Wolfman…Champ kept the music alive in his soul.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There is no specific story except for my friendship with champ…he was an exceptional musician and a good friend. He was always connected with tesha and their musical interests. i will miss him and wanted his sister, nieces, newphews and cousins..how much he will be missed. Blessings to you. The pic is of Champ and Tesha when she was about thirteen…they had alot in common…

  3. Anonymous says:

    I was shocked to hear of champ’s passing. He was such a talented musician.He was an inspiration to me ,and so many other musicians. I’ve never heard a B-3 sound like an entire band, but he could do it ,like no other. I feel fortunate , to have known him. I pray GOD , will be with him and his family. Sincerely , JAMES M. LANE

  4. Anonymous says:

    I will miss champ…he meant a lot to me and tesha…God bless you all during this sad time..my prayers are with you all… he was a musician without limits..i am proud to have been his friend.

  5. Anonymous says:

    There has always been and always will be a special place in my heart for Champ. “The Blues Angels” now have them a fine B3 master. R.I.P. K.E. XO’s to Rosie and Jan.

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