J. Leonard Austin

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J. LEONARD AUSTIN ASHEVILLE - Buncombe county native and lifetime resident, James Leonard Austin, passed away on Friday, February 11 at his home. Born June 26, 1920, he was the seventh child of eleven born to John Robert and Laura Parham Austin in Leicester, NC. He joined the US Army on September 7, 1942. He was in the 202nd Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion and served most of his time in the Philippines and New Guinea. He was honorably discharged February 1, 1946 with three Bronze Service Stars, American Theater Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He enjoyed reunions with his Army buddies and could tell wartime stories as if they happened yesterday. He will be greatly missed. On March 29, 1947, he married the love of his life, Mildred Capps of Madison County. At that time, he was employed by the Asheville Hosiery Mill. He also worked for the Hadley Corporation for many years. He had other job interests, but loved nothing more than to ride his tractor, work on small engines and spend time with family and friends. He was a member of Deaverview Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Mildred; his son Vernon and wife, Joan of Stuart, FL; his daughter, Dianna Attaway and husband Steve of Hendersonville; his granddaughter, Desiree Austin Clonch and her husband .Chris of Apex; grandsons Wesley Attaway and wife, Melanie of Winfield, IL and Matthew Attaway and wife Lindsay of Alexandria, VA, and many, many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his one sister, Elsie Redmon and all of his brothers: Howard, Kelsie, Furman, Gudger, Bill, Jeff, Paul, Frank, John and several of his nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Donald F. Austin and Bill Harkins officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Buncombe County Veterans Council Memorial Team and the NC National Guard at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Flowers will be appreciated or memorials may be made to Deaverview Baptist Church, 220 Johnston Blvd., Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. Mr. Austin will be missed greatly. I always enjoyed his talks about the stockyard. Love and Prayers to the family. Lynne Worley (Carolina Internal Medicine business staff)

  2. Mildred, Denise & family – We are sorry to hear of the passing of Leonard. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Vernon and Joan, Emelie and I were saddened to learn of your Fathers passing. Please know that you and your Family are in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories. Love, Ronnie and Emelie

  4. Between the cradle and the grave we have a journey. In his 90 plus years Leonard made his journey. We feel so blessed to have shared many of those years knowing him. He was a sharing, loyal and trustworthy friend. He left a great heritage to keep his memory alive.

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Leonard Austin. He was a good man, and a good friend. Leonard will be greatly missed.

  6. So sorry to hear of the passing of Leonard. Our prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. But may you find peace in the promise that we will see him again one day soon. Love to each of you, Lynda, Pam, & Mike and families.

  7. Dear Mildred and family,
    Leonard was one of the friendliest and sweetest people I knew. He always had a smile for everyone, and never met a stranger.
    I was a friend of Betty Jean & Shirley Austin. Everytime we got together, they would comment on how much they loved their ‘Uncle Leonard’. He will be missed.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of great loss.
    Myra Crook Ramsey

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