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Funeral Scheduled For James Young, Citizens Trust Bank President

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ATLANTA (WAOK)-Members of Atlanta’s business, political and civic community are planning to say goodbye to James Young, the President and CEO of Citizens Trust Bank. Young died on Monday at the age of 62 after a brief battle with cancer. Young was the head of Citizens Trust Bank since 1998 until he took a leave of absence in January of this year. He was a native of Cleveland, Tennessee and a Stone Mountain resident.
“The passing of Mr. Young has left us deeply saddened,” Cynthia N. Day, the bank’s newly appointed president and chief executive, said in a prepared statement. “Mr. Young has left a lasting impact on us all with his wisdom, his character and his ability to inspire others. We will continue to honor him and the legacy he has left.” Young is remembered as a leader who shepherded the bank through recent difficult economic times for the industry, during which the bank never failed to pay a dividend.

Representative John Lewis’ released this statement on the passing of James Young:

“Today Atlanta has lost one of the pillars of our community. As President and CEO of Citizens Trust Bank James Young helped to hold this community together. He used the principles of sound finance to build the holdings and assets of the bank he headed, but he never forgot the people he was called to serve. He was always accessible, always willing to find a way to use his knowledge of fiscal affairs to solidify local organizations and everyday families. James Young leaves a powerful void in our community that can only be filled by a unique combination of expertise and compassion. He will be deeply missed.”

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) made the following statement on the passing of James Young, President and CEO of Citizens Trust Bank:

“This week, Atlanta and Stone Mountain lost a giant in not only the banking community but our greater DeKalb-Atlanta family as well,” said Johnson. “James was a unique force who helped transform Atlanta, DeKalb County and the region into a thriving, prosperous and upwardly mobile community. His contributions to our organizations, businesses and foundations will impact us well into the future. He will be sorely missed but his legacy lives on in perpetuity.”

Dekalb County CEO Burrell Ellis also released a statement concerning the death of Young:

“The State of Georgia and people of DeKalb County have lost a true pioneer, and I have lost a dear friend with the passing of Jim Young.  Jim’s long and distinguished career in community banking began on the ground floor and he worked his way to the top.   Most recently Jim and I worked together on ONE DeKalb Lives, a special project to alleviate the foreclosures in DeKalb County.  He was always looking for ways to serve others.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

Young served on several boards including The National Bankers Association, The Atlanta Action Forum, Central Atlanta Progress, The Commerce Club and Rock-Tenn Company.

Visitation is planned for 7 p.m.until 8 p.m. tonight (Friday) at the Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, 4347 Flat Shoals Pkwy., Decatur.  Celebration of Life for Mr. James Edward Young of Stone Mountain, GA., will be Saturday, March 3, 2012, 11AM at Saint Philip African Methodist Episcopal Church, 240 Candler Road, S.E. Atlanta, GA.

Mr. Young is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Rebecca Young; three sons; and a daughter, according to the release.

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