The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Union Tabernacle Baptist Church, Georgia Highway 30, Americus, Georgia, where Reverend Larry Sims is pastor. The Reverend George Edge, Sr. will officiate. Interment will follow at 2:00 P.M. in Andersonville National Cemetery Rostrum, Cemetery Drive, Andersonville, Georgia. Repast will follow at the American Legion Post, Americus, Georgia.
James Austin was born on August 30, 1948 in Americus, Georgia to the late Mattie Mae Johnson and Charlie “Jim” Johnson Sr. He was preceded in death by one brother, John Austin and two sisters, Diane and Martha Johnson.
James accepted Christ at an early age. He received his formative years of education at Sumter County High School. He learned the ethics of hard work by working in the cotton fields at an early age and by helping his father with deliveries in Americus, Georgia.
He served his country as a U.S. Marine from 1969-1971 and a tour in Vietnam. He was known as a Marine who looked out for his friends and the people he loved. After his discharge from the U.S. Marines, he served as a member of the National Guard. He also joined the Americus Police Department where he served the citizens of Americus and Sumter County Hospital where he became a Master Chef.
James later moved to New York City and began a career working with AMTRACK Penn Station NY for over 25 years. He supported organizations, such as the Tuskegee Airmen: The Red Tail Project, NAACP, UNCF, and Organizing for America: The Obama Campaign. He was a member of the Americus Elk’s Lodge. His hobbies include playing Spades and watching football. His friends often referred to James as the “Six Million Dollar Man.”
He was formerly married to Sarah Trice Smith, and to this union they were blessed with three children, Sherri Trice, James Frank Austin, Jr., and Krystal Austin Heath.
He is survived by his six children, Tracy Hunter, Pahokee, Florida, Vicki Hayes, Americus, Georgia, Amy Jackson, Atlanta, Georgia, Sherrie Trice, Americus, Georgia, James (Shelia) Frank Austin Jr., Macon, Georgia, Minister Krystal (Danny) Heath, Americus, Georgia, Shervonne Austin Little, Warner Robins, Georgia; two stepchildren, Samantha McLaughlin and Janice Key both of New York, New York; twenty-three grandchildren; eighteen brother and sisters, Bernice Jefferson, Gloria (O.B) Wilson, Mary (Jessie) Johnson and Connie (James) Johnson all of Americus, Georgia; Tammy (Herman) Copeland, Forest Park, Georgia; Brenda Bivins, Riverdale, Georgia and Shonda (Leon) Johnson, High Point, North Carolina; Jessie (Beverly) Austin, Houston, Texas, Benjamin Austin Sr., Las Vegas, Nevada, Otis (Pat) Austin, Bronx, New York, Charlie (Melinda) Johnson, Jr., Forest Park, Georgia, Ricky L. (Diane) Johnson, Sr., St. Cloud, Florida, Christopher L. (Catherine) Johnson, Sr., Rex, Georgia, Raymond (Mary) Johnson, Americus, Georgia, Robert (Salina) Johnson, Burlington, North Carolina, Mack (Beverly) Johnson, Conyers, Georgia, Gregory C. Johnson, Sr., Americus, Georgia and Antonio (Michelle) Johnson, Riverdale, Georgia; one aunt, Freddie Clark, Homestead, Florida; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends including a special friend, Ethera Key, New York, New York; a very devoted niece, Teresa Austin, Newark, New Jersey and two devoted friends, Eddie Ingram, Americus, Georgia and John Wright, New York, New York.
- Lewis and Teresa Myers and Family(Tuesday, February 11 14 01:31 pm EST)
May God bless and keep you and your family through this time. We love you and we will continue to pray for all you. Love you!
- James and Minister Harriett Rouland-Jones(Sunday, February 09 14 09:23 pm EST)
To my dear sister Minister Krystal Heath. We love you and we pray for strength, comfort and peace to the entire Austin and Johnsnon family.Jesus is your present help, look to the hills which all our help cometh. Love you!
- Susie Tatum-Smith(Sunday, February 09 14 03:54 pm EST)
My prayer is that God grants you His peace that surpasses all understanding. May God bless you and keep you.
- Julia Sims(Saturday, February 08 14 08:17 pm EST)
God is a good God who make no mistakes. We may not always understand at the time but we will by and by. Our deepest and sincere sympathy to the entire family especially Sherrie, sorry for the lost of your FATHER.
The Mann Family of Mayo Street, Americus, Ga