The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Monday, April 4, 2016 at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, 132 Bumphead Road, Americus, Georgia. Interment will follow in Eastview Cemetery, 500 Block of Ashby Street, Americus, Georgia.
Mr. Austin was born April 23, 1939 in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia to the late Elijah Poole and Savannah Finch Poole Banks. He is preceded in death by three children, Gregory Leon Poole, Austin Poole, Jr. and Shirley Diane Poole; one grandson, James Austin Poole, Jr.; two siblings Arteia Poole Williams and Leonard Poole; and two sisters-in-law Annie Ruth Harvey, Deborah Ann Sims; and one brother-in-law, Charlie Sims.
Austin was educated in the public school system of Sumter County. He was employed with Cooper Lighting for 40 years as an Assembly Line worker. He was joined in holy matrimony to the late Catherine Sims Poole.
He leaves a legacy of love and memories to his three children, Nathan Poole, Sr. (Brenda), James Poole (Mary Nell), and Lynwood Poole (Lilly) all of Americus, Georgia; two siblings, Evelyn Raines, Americus, Georgia and Marjorie Walls, Atlanta, Georgia; six grandchildren, Nathan Poole, Joshua Anthony Poole, Tiffany Poole, Reveckeo Hill, Malik Poole, and Monica Poole; great grandchildren, Khiry Thornton, Kyterria Harris, Tamara Johnson, James Nimmions, Anyia Cater; great great grandchildren, Ameir Parson, Kyteria Harris, and Kendrick Berry; sisters/brothers-in-law, Georgia Sims Mitchell (Wilbert), Minnie Sims Davis (Alton), Martha Kate Sims Seay (Bobby), Ernestine Sims Rogers (Clarence), Bobby Sims (Elaine), Robert Sims (Ashley), Harold Sims, Sr., and MacArthur Edwards; a host of niece, nephews, other relatives and friends.