PAUL AUSTIN, 85, of Benton passed away Friday morning, Jan. 11, 2019 at his son’s home in Arizona.
He was born on Feb. 14, 1933 in Zalma, MO, the son of Earl & Edith Austin. He married Doris June (Neal) on April 11, 1953, and she preceded him in death on March 28, 2017. Mr. Austin was a Veteran serving in the U.S. Navy.
He was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton, where he served for many years as a Deacon. He was a faithful servant of The LORD. Mr. Austin enjoyed gardening, and was an avid fisherman. After his retirement he spent a lot of time on Rend Lake, skillfully reeling in his catch that provided many fish dinners for his church family.
Mr. Austin is survived by his:
Daughter: Carol Austin-Dornhecker & husband Bobby Dornhecker of Portage, MI
Son: Danny Austin & wife Christine of Benson, AZ
3 Grandchildren: Jordan Austin & wife Dominique
Staci Santefort & husband Matthew
GreatGranddaughter: Grace Santefort
Sister: Susie Downs of Beaumont, TX
Mr. Austin was preceded in death by his Parents, by his wife-Doris June Austin, by a Granddaughter-Naomi Ruth Austin, and by his siblings-Harry Austin, Addie Market & Virgil Austin.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday Jan. 21st at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Dr. Sammy Simmons officiating. Burial with Military Rites conducted by the Benton American Legion & VFW Posts will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 P.M. Sunday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.
For more information or to sign the online guest register please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com