Former Congressman, Florence native Ed Young dies at 96

Former Congressman, Florence native Ed Young dies at 96

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) -- Former congressman and pillar of the Pee Dee community Ed Young died peacefully at his home Tuesday, according to one of his four daughters.

Rep. Young was born on Sept. 7, 1920 in Florence, graduated from Florence High School, and graduated from Clemson in 1941.

He served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was Squadron Commander and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters for Pacific Theater Service. He flew a total of 195 combat missions, according to his obituary.

Young served one term in the South Carolina House of Representatives in from 1958 to 1960 and one term in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1972 to 1974.

Young is perhaps best known in the Pee Dee area as the host of the Southeast Almanac television program in the 1960s, in addition to his weekly appearances for over 50 years on the live Sunday morning radio show, Radio Sunday School, his obituary states.

Young was instrumental in real estate developments across the Pee Dee and Grand Strand, including the Oakdale Country Club, Forest Lake, and hotels in Florence and Surfside Beach. His obituary continues: "He combined his love of real estate projects and love of community by donating land for the Florence Civic Center and Veterans Military Park in Florence."

Young and his wife "Hatsy" also taught Sunday School for over 50 years at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where they were devoted members of the church choir, his obituary states.

"He died peacefully at home, the same house he was born in," his daughter Harriett Charles told WMBF News.

Florence mayor Stephen Wukela said, "Congressman Young was a dedicated public servant, a great friend to his community and to me personally. He will be sorely missed."

In 2002, Exit 157 along Interstate Highway 95 in Florence County was designated the "Congressman Ed Young Interchange."

A service will be held at the Ebenezer Baptist Church at 524 S. Ebenezer Road in Florence on May 12 at 2 p.m., followed by a burial service with full military honors, according to Young's obituary. In lieu of food and flowers, contributions may be sent to the Ebenezer Baptist Church Building Fund, 524 S. Ebenezer Rd., Florence, SC 29501.

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