Wife of Pastor Ed Young Sr. Passes Away at 80

Ed and Jo Beth Young
Ed and Jo Beth Young

Jo Beth Young, the wife of Dr. Ed Young Sr., pastor of Houston’s Second Baptist Church, has gone home to be with the Lord at age 80. The two were married for 58 years and have three sons.

She passed away on Sunday afternoon. Her funeral will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017. The church has released the following statement.

For Christians, every Sunday is a celebration of Easter, and on Sunday, September 17, at 3:50 AM, our pastor’s beloved wife, Jo Beth, joined the Easter Parade. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8

Jo Beth was the consummate Christian woman, whose gifts of teaching, hospitality, and encouragement so blessed this church family. A genuine lover of people, Jo Beth knew no strangers. From her smile, her laugh, and her wink to her expressions of concern or empathy, to speak with Jo Beth was to connect to a woman who always had time to listen.

As a gifted teacher of God’s Word, Jo Beth faithfully taught Bible study classes, often on multiple campuses. From her charges to the wives of deacons and pastors at ordination services to the fun and inspiring lessons at Women’s Retreats or Mother’s Day Services, Jo Beth modeled grace, dignity, and faithfulness in all things.

She was the proud “Mom” of her sons Ed, Ben, and Cliff, all of whom serve in the ministry. Ed is the pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas. Ben and Cliff serve as pastors here at Second. She was the beloved “Mimi” of her eleven grandchildren: LeeBeth, E. J., Landra, Laurie, Nicole, Claire, Rachel, Susannah, Benjamin, Bekah, and Samuel, and great grandmother to Sterling.

Most of all, she was the beloved “Joby” of her husband, our pastor, Dr. Ed Young. “Edwin,” as she called him, and Jo Beth were married for 58 years. Whenever asked how they first met, they would answer with a smile on their faces, “We met in the church nursery.” Natives of Laurel, Mississippi, they both attended First Baptist Church with their families and dated throughout high school and college. Jo Beth attended Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi.

Jo Beth was the model “pastor’s wife,” always supporting Dr. Young’s ministry and encouraging him. She was indeed that “great woman” behind the “great man.” She never wanted to be up front. Instead, she made an impact behind the scenes, extending the arms of our pastor and church to the membership and surrounding community. Jo Beth was described recently as a woman of substance and of service. Her family would be the first to agree and to tell you she modeled the love of 1 Corinthians 13 and the “blessed woman” of Proverbs 31.

Our love, prayers, and expressions of gratitude go to our pastor and all the Young family. We love you and thank you for leading us in such a selfless way to make a difference in this world for Jesus Christ and to stand up for Him at all times. The family invites you to her graduation which will take place Thursday, September 21, at 1:00PM in the Woodway Worship Center.