Charles Clayton “Clay” Young, a resident of Pomona, MO passed away Sunday, September 6, 2020 while at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO after a battle with cancer. He was born May 28, 1956 in Farmington, MO to Charles Hesmer and Norma Lea (Nelson) Young and was 64 years old.

Clay proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1975 to 1979. As a Sergeant he was stationed at the Little Rock Air Force Base as an Air Cargo Specialist. He married Carol Ann Williams in 1976 at the Irondale First Baptist Church in Irondale, MO, and to this union, two daughters were born. After Clay and Carol moved to Howell County in 1979, Clay owned and operated All State Drilling and Blasting in Pomona until the year 2000. He was also employed by Doss & Harper Stone Company, West Plains Bridge Company and Pace Construction for a few years before he retired in 2012. When he was not working, he was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed bowhunting for turkey and deer. He also loved spending time with his cows, whom he lovingly referred to as “his girls.” He will be dearly missed by his family, his friends, and all who knew him.

Clay is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Barbara Young Briley and Marcella Young Hoff; and a nephew, Matthew Young.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carol Ann Young; daughters: Terri Lynn Whitehead and her husband, Bryan of Pueblo, CO; and Erin Lea Mendenhall and her husband, Daniel of St. James, MO; grandchildren: Brynna & Ian Whitehead; and Cash & Blaine Mendenhall;  two brothers: Paul Ray Young and his wife, Becky; Allen Young and his wife, Lisa; two sisters: Debbie Horton and Lisa Aubuchon and her husband, Tim; his mother-in-law, Darlene Moore; brother-in-law, Clyde Junior Briley; sisters-in-law: Donna (Rick) Lawson; Linda (Keith) Wilkins; Jonda (Bobby) Gray; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations be made in Clay’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and may be left at the funeral home.

A memorial service with full military honors at Willow Funeral Home, LLC on September 11, 2020 with Pastor Justin Lowe officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home, LLC. Online condolences may be left at


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