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ATLANTA, Ga. (WXIA) -- One of Atlanta's leading bankers, whose roots in the city's corporate, civic and charitable institutions and activities reached deep and wide, James Young, President and CEO of Citizens Trust Bank, died Monday after a brief battle with cancer.

"The passing of Mr. Young has left us deeply saddened. He will be tremendously missed but not forgotten," said Cynthia N. Day, newly appointed President and CEO of Citizens Trust Bank, in a statement issued Monday. "Mr. Young has left a lasting impact on us all with his wisdom, his character and his ability to inspire others. We will continue to honor him and the legacy he has left. Citizens Bancshares Corporation's Board of Directors, management team and staff continues to embrace and pray for the family to show our support."

James Young had been President and CEO of Citizens Trust since 1998, when Citizens Trust merged with First Southern Bank of DeKalb County, where he had been President and CEO since 1993.

According to the Citizens Trust Bank website, "His banking career began in 1971 in New York City as a Management Trainee with Chase Manhattan Bank. Shortly thereafter, he became a lending officer in 1972. After completing lending assignments in Chase's Corporate Banking Department, he was promoted to Vice President and Team Manager in the Bank's Credit Audit Division where he was responsible for assessing the quality of the Bank's loan portfolio worldwide. He later became a Human Resource specialist in charge of Chase's Equal Employment Opportunities Programs before leaving in 1989 to join City National Bank of New Jersey as Vice President - Chief Commercial Loan Officer. He was promoted in 1990 to Senior Vice President - General Administration & Commercial Loans where he remained until leaving City National to join First Southern Bank in 1993."

The website lists Young's extensive involvement in community affairs:

"Mr. Young is a member of the Board of Directors of Central Atlanta Progress, The Commerce Club, MinBanc, and RockTenn Company. He is a past board member of The National Bankers Association, The Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta YMCA, DeKalb Medical Center, Morris Brown College Board of Trustees, and the Community Bankers Association of Georgia. In addition, he is a member the Atlanta Committee for Progress, Board of Councilors of The Carter Center, The Atlanta Rotary Club, and the DeKalb County Chapter of 100 Black Men of America."

Young is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Rebecca Young, three sons and a daughter.

Funeral services were not immediately announced.

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