Joseph Randle Austin Sr., "J.R.," age 86, of Threets Crossroads, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 2, at Liberty Baptist Church, Threets Crossroads. The service will be at 1 p.m. at the church, with Brother Brandon Rainey officiating. Burial will be in Austin Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Justin Barnett, Dan Barnett, Brian Austin, Curtis Benson, Kenneth Austin, Paul Austin, Charles Taylor and Richard Beasley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Judge William Duncan, James Austin, Harry Austin and the Men's Sunday School Class at Liberty Baptist.
Mr. Austin was a veteran of World War II
and was a member of the American Legion and a 50-year member of the Florence Masonic Lodge 14 and Scottish Rite Valley of Florence. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, a former Lauderdale County commissioner and was appointed by the governor as tax assessor. He was retired from Reynolds Metals Co. and was a farmer and former business owner. He also was a member of the Cattleman's Association and the Cloverdale Lions Club. He had a B.S. degree in biology. He enjoyed gardening and loved to share his produce with others. His very good friend, Curtis Benson, helped him with his garden and any other project he wanted to do.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel Moore Austin; parents, James (Jim) and Minnie Austin; six brothers; and one sister.
Survivors are his wife, Rita Austin, of Florence; children, Janet Beasley (Richard), of Florence, Jane Biffle (Tony), of Florence, Randle Austin (Wanda), of Florence; one sister, Reba Taylor, of Decatur; grandchildren, Justin Barnett, Dan Barnett, Emily Austin, Jessica Austin and Brian Austin.
The family wishes to thank Dr. William Heaton, Dr. Robert Mann, Dr. Rau Boorgu Sr., Amber Scott, his sitter and Elizabeth Hunt with Mid-South Home Health Care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Liberty Baptist Church of Threets Crossroads .
Morrison Funeral Home, Central Heights, is directing.