Savannah Tribune Salutes The Life Of Lydia Cherelyn Smith Young

September 29, 1946 – April 12, 2016


Lydia Cherelyn Smith Young, dedicated community servant-leader and mentor, will be sorely missed in the Savannah community. She moved quietly in the Savannah community, and without want of fame, making her impact on the lives of many by sharing her talents, time and skills. The life she lived was a source of encouragement to others, and a constant reminder that the more you give to others, the more you shall receive. In life, she was the epitome of one who lived by the words in Luke 12:28 (NKJV), “…For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required….” Lydia Smith Young gave willingly, genuinely and unselfishly to uplift her family, her community, her church, and most especially, young people.

Lydia was educated in Savannah at the West Broad Street School; Alfred E Beach High School, graduating in the class of 1964; and Savannah State College, now University, receiving the B.S. in Chemistry 1968.

Her 28 year successful career as a professional chemist afforded her many experiences and opportunities that she used to mentor those who worked with her or under her supervision. Her career began in Burlington, Iowa, with the Chemist Atomic Energy Commission. Positions she held upon returning to Savannah were as Analytical Chemist, American Cyanamid Chemical Co.; Analytical Development Manager and Environmental Laboratory Coordinator for Kemira Pigments.

After retirement from her main professional career as a chemist, and tapping in on her analytical and financial skills, she earned an Associate Degree in Accounting from Savannah Technical College in 2005. As a Christian woman, Lydia Young was devoted to serving others through her church and civic affiliations, and did not forget the values taught by her parents, the late William Smith and Vera Perry Smith. They taught her to know God and the gift of His son, Jesus; to value education; to work hard and serve her community.

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