Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children


1993 to 2002

Raymond Young

Raymond Young was born in Stillwater in 1904 and is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. After teaching school and then managing a "five and dime" store for several years, Mr. Young went into business for himself in 1928. The R.A. Young Company began with one store in Kingfisher and within a few years had grown to eight stores.

In 1935, Mr. Young went in partnership with Rawdon E. Tomlinson of Frederick and E.L. Gosselin of Cordell, opening a new store in Norman called T.G.&Y. The T.G.&Y. chain eventually grew to 900 stores in 29 states. Mr. Young married his wife, Verna, in 1929, and they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 1999. Mrs. Young passed away in early 2001.

Mr. and Mrs. Young were longtime members of First Baptist Church, Oklahoma City. They were acquainted with Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Johnson who gave the land and the initial gift to begin Boys Ranch Town. Mr. and Mrs. Young gave a gift to build a cottage at Boys Ranch Town.

Young CottageAt the completion of the Ray Young Cottage in 1998, Mr. Young said, "Through the years I have had the ambition to do something for the Ranch and was pleased when this opportunity came along." He also said, "The idea is not original with me, but I agree that when you give money while you’re alive it warms the heart twice. It warms the heart of the person who receives it, and it warms the heart of the person who gives it."

At its September 2001 Board Meeting, OBHC’s Board of Trustees honored Raymond A. Young with membership in the Gladys Smith Society. This society recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the ministry of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.

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