I lost my very good friend, Jim Young, in the early morning of June 27. He is survived by his wife Erica, son Braxton, daughter Annalise, dad Harold Young and his wife Peggy Crow Young, mom Pat Martin, and sister Priscilla Brazelton.

Jim was born in Anniston on May 28, 1958. He attended Woodstock Elementary School, Johnston Junior High School, Anniston High School and Jacksonville State University. Jim was a son of Anniston and Calhoun County, and he was proud to call Anniston his hometown.

Jim loved life and would light up a room when he walked in. He had a captivating personality, full of charm and grace with a quick sense of humor. Jim loved and played most sports growing up in Anniston and at Anniston High School, and his one great love was golf. He was an avid golfer as a young adult, his passion for the game increasing as he grew older.

In 1986, Jim and I played in our first Sunny King Charity Classic Golf tournament. For the next 23 years we partnered up each summer to play in the tournament. These were special times spent on the golf course, and they were also times to catch up and reconnect with old friends. He loved coming back each summer to participate in the Sunny King.

Great friendships are hard to come by. I’m so fortunate and a better person because of my great friendship with Jim. He will be missed by many. We lost him too soon. Jim touched many, his memories will be everlasting.

Jim suffered greatly with his illness in the past three years, the last six months were very difficult and taxing on his body. He’s at peace now. Goodbye, my good friend.

Mike W. Braxton