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Carlton R. "Sam" Young Memorial

Memorial Service

Saturday, May 18, 2024

2:00 p.m.

West End United Methodist Church

2200 West End Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

Dear Fellowship Family,

Almost a year ago, Carlton R. “Sam” Young became a member of The Church Triumphant. In a little more than a month, we have the opportunity to come together and celebrate his remarkable life!


The memorial service for Sam will be held on Saturday, May 18th, at 2:00 p.m., at West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave, Nashville, TN. The family invites Sam’s many friends and colleagues to attend the Service of Word and Table and Witness. A reception will follow the service.


For those unable to attend in person, the service will be live streamed at Worship · West End United Methodist Church (


We are deeply grateful for Sam's life, and for the opportunity to come together to celebrate his legacy. As Easter people, we rejoice in the knowledge that Sam's song isn't finished...that through eternity, he'll sing on.


May the grace and love of the Lord be with you this day,


The Fellowship Leadership


If you feel moved to offer a prayer of thanks for Sam's life, and a prayer of support and comfort for his family and friends as they prepare for the memorial service, we'd like to offer this reflective recording of the song from which the title of Sam's autobiography was inspired:


Photo Credit: Mike DuBose, UM News

If you are new to The Fellowship, or are unfamiliar with Rev. Young's work, we wanted to share with you the following:


Rev. Young was a founder and original Charter Member of The Fellowship in 1955-56, and was an integral part of our organization. Known to his friends as Sam, he was a beloved friend, composer, teacher, editor, and writer. His passion for music, worship, and congregational singing has influenced generations of pastors, worship leaders, and congregations in The United Methodist Church and beyond.


Sam's life has helped shape ours and we cannot think of a better way to honor his impact than to be in fellowship with you through our shared call to worship arts.


And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;

and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing his love for me,

and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,

and through eternity I’ll sing on.


~ What Wondrous Love Is This

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