Melvin K. Younts

Melvin K. Younts, 93, of Fountain Inn, widower of Dollie I. Younts, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday morning, August 27, 2022.

Born in Durham, North Carolina on August 19, 1929, he was a son of the late Forrest M. and Marie H. Younts.  Mr. Younts grew up in Greenville and Fountain Inn, was a graduate of Fountain Inn High School, Furman University and received his law degree from the University of South Carolina.  He was a lifetime member of the Fountain Inn First Baptist Church.

Mr. Younts is survived by four sons, Kemp Younts and his wife, Tammie, Joe Younts, David Younts and his wife, Frieda, and Laney Younts and his wife, Dana; and his son-in-law James Culp and his wife, Corie.  He was preceded in death in 1996 by their daughter, Kerry Ann Y. Culp.

Known by them as “Grandy” he is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, Trent, Colin, and Drew Culp, Jenna Younts Chandler, Jonas, Cassie and Will Younts, Katie Younts Kinley, Wesley, Dalton, Luke, Savannah, Grayson Younts and Kerry Younts Berry; and thirteen great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Mason and Ellie Chandler, Lottie, Mattson and Norah Culp, Noah, Asher and Levi Kinley, David III, Aiden, Kennedy and Emersyn Younts.

Melvin Younts was a prominent philanthropist in the Upstate.  He was a retired attorney of the firm Younts, Alford, Brown and Goodson and has enjoyed tremendous success in a variety of business endeavors.  Along with practicing law for 55 years and the owner of various businesses and partnerships, Mr. Younts was the co-founder of Fox Run Country Club having served on the board and as President several terms and was one of the co-founders of Fountain Inn Federal Savings and Loan.  Mr. Younts was an Eagle Scout and remained active throughout his life with the Boy Scouts.  He served on the Greenville County School Board for 23 years and was Chairman twice.  He served as city attorney for Fountain Inn for many years.  Mr. Younts served on the Furman University advisory committee, North Greenville University’s Board of Trustees, and as a member of Clemson University Cornerstone Organization.  He was a major contributor to the following projects: Melvin and Dollie Younts South Club in Memorial Stadium at Clemson, Melvin and Dollie Younts Trading Room in the Wilbur and Ann Power College of Business at Clemson University, Furman University Conference Center and Paladin Plaza, plus major athletic and school contributions, Columbia College Soccer field stadium, North Greenville University Football Stadium, wellness center, and numerous scholarship funds and other endeavors.  Connie Maxwell Marie Younts Home for girls in Mauldin, SC, Younts Performing Arts Center in Fountain Inn, Greenville Tech infrastructure for Innovation Center in Greenville, Anderson University Football Program, Newberry College Football Program, and the Kerry Ann Younts Culp Library.  Melvin loved his community and was very generous in contributing to the needs of this area and surrounding areas.

Mr. Younts was an avid Clemson and Furman football fan, traveling to as many games as possible.  He also enjoyed boating, traveling, golfing and spending time at the beach.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 1, 2022, from 5:00 – 7:30 pm at Fountain Inn First Baptist Church, 206 N. Weston St., Fountain Inn, SC 29644.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 2, 2022, at 12:30 pm at Fountain Inn First Baptist Church with Dr. Condy Richardson officiating.

Entombment will follow in the Cannon-Byrd Memorial Park Chapel Mausoleum.

Pallbearers serving will be his nine grandsons, Trent, Colin and Drew Culp, Will, Jonas, Wesley, Grayson, Luke and Dalton Younts.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made payable to any of the following:  The Melvin and Dollie Younts Charity Foundation, Furman University, Clemson University, Columbia College, the Cultural Arts Foundation of Fountain Inn, Connie Maxwell Children’s Home or Fountain Inn First Baptist Church. Please mail all memorials to P.O. Box 566, Fountain Inn, SC 29644.

Condolences to the family of Melvin K. Younts

  • Jan Holland Thompson
    2 years ago

    I am so sorry to hear of Melvin’s passing! He had a wonder blessed life with his children and friends! We also shared a birthday!

  • Ray Brown
    2 years ago

    My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Younts family. As you well know, that you have been part of a family that has been a legacy locally as well as in the State, which you can all be proud. I have known Mr. Melvin for most of my adult life .I had the pleasure to serve with him when he was the City Attorney for Fountain Inn. I know that all that have known him, will miss him very much. May God hold each of you in his loving arms, and give you comfort. Your friend in Christ, Ray and daughter Lorraine.

  • Rod Greene
    2 years ago

    Very sorry for your loss, your family will be in my prayers!

  • Ralph Archer
    2 years ago

    Condolences to the entire Younts family for their loss

  • Jim Smith
    2 years ago

    Condolences to the Younts family our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family

  • Thelma Ballew
    2 years ago

    Joe, David, Kemp & Laney,
    Our hearts go out to you, in the loss of your Dad.
    Prayers for you in this sad time.
    Love to all, Kirby & Thelma Ballew

  • Dianne Groome
    2 years ago

    Condolences from the bottom of my heart to the entire Younts family. May he be at peace now.

  • Dianne Groome
    2 years ago

    Condolences from the bottom of my heart to the entire Younts family. May he be at peace now.

  • Richard Bennett
    2 years ago

    Condolences and prayers to the Younts Family. Rest In Peace.

  • As a family, we will miss Melvin but I think of Dollie at the same. We had many good time together, especially on Christmas morning, at James, sharing good food plus lots of laughs. They are missed in Fountain Inn, but never forgotten. May God Bless and comfort you all.

  • Condolences and prayers to the Younts family
    Melvin was my boss, and we had some excellent talks and fun adventures looking for properties.
    I will miss him dearly.
    The family was Melvin’s Legacy; he loved them so much.
    God Bless, and Rest in peace.

  • Cindy Williams
    2 years ago

    I am so sorry for your loss! I haven’t known Melvin for long but he was very memorable!!!

  • Brad Schneider
    2 years ago

    Dear Younts Family, Please know I am praying for you and your loss of Mr. Younts. You have my condolences on Melvin’s passing. He was a uniquely smart person with great business sense. He lived a full and adventurous life. I enjoyed working, sparring, and fellowshipping with him. May he enjoy his next heavenly adventure.

  • Barry Alford
    2 years ago

    It was an honor to know and be associated with Melvin for many years. His success in the law and business always was impressive. I am on my way out of town and won’t be able to attend the services. I offer my condolences to the family.

  • To the entire Younts Family, It was an honor to call Mr. Younts a good friend that I could always count on. He will be greatly missed not only in Fountain Inn, but the entire Upstate. May our Merciful Lord give you all comfort during this time.

  • Debbie Varner
    2 years ago

    So very sorry to hear of Melvin’s passing. The Younts family played such a huge role in my growing up. Lots of adventures and laughs.

    You are all in my thoughts.

    Debbie Porter Varner

  • CIndy Davis
    2 years ago

    I am so sorry to hear of Melvin’s passing. Prayers for the entire family during this difficult time and the days to come.

    Cindy Davis

  • I have worked with Melvin since I joined the law firm in 1984. He taught me how to practice law as a young attorney. He taught me the importance of investing and getting ahead in life. Donna and I enjoyed a very active social life with he and Dollie. We had fun at their lake house, beach houses, traveling to football games and golf tournaments. He and Dollie were always very generous to my entire family. We and our children often talk about our fun times shared at Hollywood Beach and will always cherish those memories. Melvin and Dollie loved Fountain Inn and graciously contributed to our community. I have never known anyone as generous as Melvin. His charitable contributions are phenomenal. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and sorry we cannot be there at this time.
    Rodney and Donna Brown

  • Karen Lane
    2 years ago

    What a legacy. My sincerest condolences to all the family. I know so many of you and love you all. The loss is great. But, he raised a strong loving family which will continue to do great things. Love and prayers, Karen Lane

  • I am sorry to hear about the passing of Melvin. He has a smart man who helped so many people in many different ways. He and Dolly raised an amazing family. I am sure he will be sorely missed by all of them.


    Phyllis Gault Patterson

  • Amy V. Cofield
    2 years ago

    I am so very sorry to hear of Melvin’s passing. I vividly remember hearing “Melvin stories” from my parents with lots of love and laughter. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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