Luther Bunyan Yaun, Jr. ’54

Luther Bunyan Yaun, Jr. passed away on October 21, 2023 after an extended illness.

Luther was born on October 29, 1932, in Bishopville SC to the late Luther Bunyan and Ruth Flowers Yaun. A graduate of Davidson College (BA) and University of NC Chapel Hill (MA), Luther spent several years in sales with Carolina Power and Light. Later he began a second career with Eastman Kodak Company in micrographics and information technology.

Retiring in 1991, Luther continued his hobbies of fishing and gardening. He was a continuous volunteer for mission work through First Baptist Church (FBC) of Greensboro and the NC Baptist Men.

Luther enjoyed his Grady White boat fishing offshore and inshore with his friends. He looked forward to his summer trips to Alaska with his sons and grandsons to catch salmon, halibut, and rockfish.

While living in Charlotte, NC, Luther was fortunate to have a friend who offered him a gardening space. His sons love to tell the story of his bribery techniques to elicit their help. His latest plantings found him trying to buy plants that would not attract the plentiful visiting deer who seemed determined to eat them all.

As for his mission work, Luther was a dedicated servant leader for Christ. He became the chief cook for various mission trips when FBC members helped to build some 15 churches throughout NC, SC, and GA from places like Ackworth to Orangeburg to his hometown of Georgetown. He also looked forward to traveling internationally with the NC Baptist Men. He went to Alaska, Germany, Czech Republic, Chile and the Ukraine. His last mission trip was helping with clean-up work in Trenton, NC following Hurricane Florence in 2018.

Luther was preceded in death by two sisters, Julia Ann Stalvey and Peggy Ford and has one surviving brother, Ralph Yaun (Sandra) of Wilmington NC. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Conley Yaun and three sons, Matthew Len Yaun (Beth) of Charleston SC, Mark Andrew Yaun, and Robin Conley Yaun (Christy) of Greensboro, NC. He is also survived by nine grandchildren – Dorothy, Matthew, and Burket Yaun of Charleston SC, as well as Jacob, Aidan, and Eliot Yaun of Greensboro, NC and Calvin, Olivia, and Ava Toland of Greensboro, NC. He had many nieces, nephews and cousins whom he adored as well as his canine companion Henry.

A memorial service will be held October 27, 2023, 11 AM at First Baptist Church, 1000 W Friendly Ave. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Officiating will be Rev. Alan Sherouse and Dr. Steve Pressley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Tunnel to Towers Foundation, T2T.org, or to First Baptist Church, 1000 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro, NC 27410.