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John Lawrence "Hickory Nut" Young

September 8, 1931 December 7, 2018
John Lawrence "Hickory Nut" Young
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Obituary for John Lawrence "Hickory Nut" Young

Funeral services for John Lawrence “Hickory Nut” Young will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Jeane’s Funeral Service on Monday, December 10, 2018. A visitation for the family and friends of Mr. Young will be held on Monday at Jeane’s from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow in the Cooper Cemetery.
He was born and raised on an 80 acre farm, “the home-place” in Toro Bayou in Sabine Parish to Willis N. Young III and Mamie Longoria Young on September 8, 1931 and passed in his sleep at home in Hornbeck on December 7, 2018. Hickory Nut was the youngest of six children. His father ran a sawmill operation and raised livestock and crops. During his childhood, he worked with the mules and horses – pulling logs to the mill, cutting trees, making rail-road ties and fence posts, and helping raise crops for family use.
Hickory Nut got his nickname from when he was hanging on the tail of the old mule, and the mule gave him a kick. He would say the name came from the resulting knot on his forehead. His cousin James Aswell, who is older, will say the name came from the same story, but that John was not hurt when the mule kicked him, and John’s dad said that his head was as hard as a hickory nut.
When John left home, he transported cars and trucks all over the United States for his brother, Charlie Young and for David and Wade Cook and other Cook family members. He took special pride hauling classic and restored vehicles and traveling and stopping by Las Vegas. He believed he was there at least 50 times.
Hickory Nut claims to have had no wives or children. Inez, his sister says he was the only smart one in the family because he never married. Later he started his own business and sold vehicles under J&J Motors in Hornbeck.
Hickory Nut was renowned for his heart attacks. The first one was in 1985. All together, he had 16 heart procedures and two open heart surgeries. Dr. Rangi said, “Hickory Nut has gone where no other patient of mine has been.” He took joy in everyday life. Mostly, he appreciated his friendships, pulling a practical joke, telling stories, and sharing and giving little gifts. Hickory Nut loved Hornbeck and the people of Hornbeck loved, cared for, and probably even got a bit aggravated at him. His friends and the community enabled him to do what he wanted to do most, which was to live out his final days at home.
Hickory Nut was preceded in death by his parents Willis N. Young III and Mamie Longoria Young, siblings Bertha (Warren) Duncan, Willis N. Young, Herbert (Shirley) Young, Charlie L. (Karen) Young, Annie “Inez” (Chester) Burgess, and step brothers Willis D. Young and Douglas B. Young.
Left to cherish their memories of him are his nieces and nephews Gary Duncan, C.A. (Teresa) Burgess, Cindy Burgess (Walter) Pelt, Kim (Steve) Dickey, Deb (John) Bowden, Pam Widener, Dan (Michelle) Young, Kirk (Michelle) Young, Shelia Young, Dolly Young, Allen Young, and Terri Beckwith.
The family of Hickory Nut would like to extend a special thanks to Betty and Frankie Howard, Sheldon Anderson, Sharolotte, Charlene and Elvin, and Nancy Haymon employees and coffee crew at E&N Quick Stop, and Glen Porch. He loved you all.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

10

Dec

1:00 PM 12/10/2018 1:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 12/10/2018 3:00:00 PM
Jeane's Funeral Services Inc.

100 E Union St.
Leesville, LA 71446

Jeane's Funeral Services Inc.
100 E Union St. Leesville 71446 LA
United States

Funeral

Monday

10

Dec

3:00 PM 12/10/2018 3:00:00 PM
Jeane's Funeral Services Inc.

100 E Union St.
Leesville, LA 71446

Jeane's Funeral Services Inc.
100 E Union St. Leesville 71446 LA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Cooper Cemetery Final Resting Place

Cooper Church Rd.
Leesville, LA 71446

Cooper Church Rd. Leesville 71446 LA
United States
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