William “Wooga” Gilbert Young III
06/30/1999 - 03/06/2020
William G. Young III was born June 30, 1999 to Jerilynne M. Quinn and William G. Young II at Overland Park Regional Hospital, Overland Park, KS. He came into this world a happy, healthy baby and was described as being a “pretty baby” by his Grandma Janis.
He was preceded in death by his Grandma Janis Rene’ Quinn, his FAVORITE girl. He was also preceded in death by his maternal great-grandfather John T. Stevenson, Sr., maternal great-grandmother Gloria V. Stevenson, paternal great-grandfather John L. Young, Sr., paternal great-grandmother Espinola Young, and paternal great-grandfather John Lee Seaberry.
At an early age, William was baptized at Fellowship Christian Church in Kansas City, KS where he attended church services with his Grandma Janis. He also attended United Believers Community Church in Kansas City, MO.
William lived in Kansas City, KS his entire life. He attended Claude Huyck Elementary School, Arrowhead Middle School and Sumner Academy of Arts and Science where he studied robotics and participated in the Gear Up program. Throughout his high school years, he attended men’s conferences held in various states and participated in a weekly stay at Avila College in Kansas City, MO. Economics and Finance were two of his favorite subjects. Learning how the economy works and how he could capitalize economically were major interests of his. In May of 2017 William graduated from Sumner Academy of Arts and Science and continued his education briefly at Kansas City, Kansas Community College where he studied Accounting for one year. As a child he played football, baseball and basketball in various leagues with his friends and cousins.
William had a strong entrepreneurial spirit which was evident when he joined forces with his cousin Jerrick, owner and CEO of the shoe-cleaning business The Shoe Factory. He enjoyed their partnership and named himself CFO. He also detailed cars on the side and had various other entrepreneurial aspirations. William wanted to leave a positive mark on this world and encouraged his friends to do the same. He was very passionate about giving back to the community.
During the last few years, William became more socially aware as he studied the lives of Malcolm X, Angela Davis, and Nelson Mandela and also The Black Panther Party and how their work helped the black community. He was inspired by the work of Nipsey Hussle and how he empowered those around him. William became interested in the stock market and investing for the future. In his words “I want my own, Mama; I want to make money in my sleep.” He found renowned medical healer Dr. Sebi intriguing and wanted to learn more about things of interest to him that were not taught in schools. William’s interests were reflected in his tattoos, some of which were quotes from several of Tupac’s songs, Boondocks, African related symbols and dedications to his grandma and mother. One of his tattoos reads “Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performances” and this was the motto by which he tried to live.
William loved taking road trips with his friends, going out to eat, playing video games, and spending time with his Unc and TeeTee at the tattoo shop. He would often visit his cousins Hynna and LaNia, attending their various activities. He also enjoyed watching the Chiefs’ games with his Uncle Hubert. He loved making requests for his favorite desserts and truly enjoyed consuming them all. William loved all his siblings; however, he had a special bond with his younger brother Rayvon. He was very proud of him and his decision to attend college and continue his participation in band.
William was loved by many and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was affectionally known as “Wooga,” “Nephew,” and “G3.” His charismatic personality touched so many, and despite his young age, he had an “old soul.” William’s mark will forever be left on this earth, and he will be remembered as a young man wise beyond his years who loved many and was respected by all.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory his mother Jerilynne M. Quinn and his father William G. Young II; siblings Destiny Young, Anissa Young-Union, Rayvon Young-Hall, Antonio Young, Zyaire Young, Gionni Young and Calen Hollis; his maternal grandfather Reginald Quinn; his paternal grandparents, William Young Sr. and Lolettia Young; paternal great-grandparents Willis Clark and Joanna Clark; his uncle Hubert Matthews Jr. (LaToya); aunts Janise Matthews-Hubbard (Julian), RaShonda Brownlee, Nyeisha Young, and Delatrice Brownlee; closest cousins: Jerrick Eskridge, Jo’lai, Hynna & LaNia Matthews, and Jalen Marsh; special friends Diamond Banks and Mary Alice Brooks, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for William Gilbert "Wooga" Gilbert Young III, 20, Kansas City, KS will be on Saturday, March 21st, 2020 at Ebeneezer Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. with a wake prior starting at 9:00 a.m.
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