NCHS remembers volunteer Carlisle Young
Newnan-Coweta Historical Society is remembering Carlisle Young, who worked for many years at the Male Academy Museum and died unexpectedly Monday of heart disease.
"Carlisle represented the best of our Southern cultural heritage," said Newnan-Coweta Historical Society President Sarah LaMance. "He was a very kind person and a perfect gentleman who loved Coweta County and its rich history. We will certainly miss him."
Tom Redwine, who retired from the historical society this spring, worked with Young for six years.
"I considered him one of my best friends," said Redwine.
"I started with the Male Academy Museum in March of 2008, and he came in June. I cannot tell you how enlightened he was, and knowledgeable of local Atlanta and Coweta County history. Many a time I would start researching something, and he would find it almost immediately," Redwine said.
Young greeted everyone with a smile, Redwine said, and always had an engaging and friendly demeanor.
"He was always cheerful when anyone came into the museum," said Redwine.
"I also had the pleasure of being with him and his family on several occasions," he said. "I personally will miss Carlisle, and I believe everyone who knew him in Newnan and Coweta County will, also. He made my day many times over. I know he is in a better place."
Although Carlisle lived in Atlanta, he had a connection to Newnan. His mother, Martha Latimer Young, is the daughter of John and Kathleen Latimer, who lived on Jackson Street in the 1920s-1950s, recalled former NCHS president Elizabeth Beers.
"Mr. Latimer had the auto dealership for Ford, and later Cadillac-Pontiac," said Beers. "Carlisle's brother, John, and wife Leslie, also live here now."
Beers said she was impressed with Carisle Young’s knowledge of architecture and historic home furnishings.
"After being involved here in research and other activities of the Society for a while, he quipped that he had 'become a local,'" she recalled.
Robert Carlisle Young was born June, 6, 1955. He enjoyed being a third generation Atlantan on both sides of his family with roots in Georgia for two hundred years. He was a graduate of The Westminster Schools and earned a BA in History from The College of William & Mary in Virginia.
Carlisle was known for his sense of humor and a personable demeanor that put everyone he knew at ease, and endeared him to all his friends. He lived a life of service. Carlisle was known for his loyalty and can be best described as a southern gentleman.
Carlisle served as an elder and former chairman of the Board of Deacons at the North Avenue Presbyterian Church.
He was a devout Christian and his deed followed his word. Carlisle had a lifelong passion for history and an encyclopedic knowledge of Atlanta. He worked two years at the late Atlanta Historian Franklin Garrett's Library, cataloging his personal collection that was bequeathed to the Atlanta History Center. He was employed by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society as a staff member in 2008.
He served as president of the Sons of the American Revolution - Atlanta Chapter and served on the Board of Stewards of the Society of Colonial Wars - Atlanta Chapter.
He was a member of The Nine O'Clocks, Military Order of Stars & Bars and Sons of Confederate Veterans.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to North Avenue Presbyterian Church, 607 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.
Carlisle was preceded in death by his father, Robert G. Young. He is survived by his mother, Martha L. Young; two brothers, John L. Young (Leslie) and S. Scott Young; nephew, John L. Young Jr.; and niece, Caroline Young Bearden (Scott).
A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow at North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.