John Wesley Austin, Jr.

Born: 02/15/1947 Passed:

John Wesley Austin, Jr. fell asleep in death on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at Cleveland Clinic following complications from an extended battle with congestive heart failure.

John was born February 15, 1947 in Alliance, Ohio to the late John (Buddy) Wesley Austin, Sr. and Eleanor Austin.  John or “Butch” as he was affectionately called by his family and friends was the third child of six children born to Buddy and Eleanor.  John was preceded in death by both of his parents, and 3 of his siblings, Maxine Boyd, Shirley Ann Everett, and Ray Austin.

John was educated in the Stark County School System in Ohio and received his high school diploma from Timken Senior High School.  John had the privilege of being baptized at the historic International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses at New York’s Yankee Stadium, in 1958.

John served Jehovah faithfully until his death, even serving as a need-greater in Sylvania, Georgia for 7 years helping to form the first congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in that area.

John leaves to cherish his loving memory his beloved wife of 15 years, Carolyn Austin, his two cherished siblings, James Austin (Leona), Cathy Byrd (Dan) and sister-in-law, Monica Austin.  John also leaves behind 3 children, Shauna Austin Grice (Anthony) Monique Austin and Brion Davis as well as 6 step-children Toi, Tuan, Jimmy, Charee, Tanesha, and Shakeilah who lovingly referred to him as “Papa John”.  He will also be missed by a host of grandchildren nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Heritage Cremation Society



8 Tributes to John Wesley Austin, Jr.

  1. Anonymous says:

    He was an extraordinary and very loving man. He was the only Dad that I can honestly say was there for me and my other siblings. He will surely be missed! His death is surely heartbreaking to All of us! Love you Papa John and I hope to see you in Paradise, we ALL do!♥️

    • Brion Johnson says:

      Pop’s ,my greatest hope for this year was to take a generational picture with you, me, Malcolm,and your new great grand daughter. And it hurts so deeply to realize that only a wistful dream,now. I can never thank the most high enough for a father like you. Be at peace, father, you’ve left a legacy worthy of honor,and you are loved and missed by us all. Until we can sit and talk again, good bye, but not forever.
      Much love and tears, Your son Brion.

  2. Anonymous says:

    May Jehovah receive him with loving arms. A great and loving man. You will be missed.

    • D,C,W,D, families says:

      John, uncle Butch, was one of the kindest persons we’ve ever meant. His love for family and life was amazing. I don’t think he every meant a stranger because 5 minutes after knowing him, you felt you known him for decades. The love for family and friends were big in his heart. His love for Jehovah was unbounded. He truly loved Jehovah and all he stands for with all his heart. May his family, hold tight to Jehovah and each other because I know, John is going to want to see everyone in the new system. Stay strong Carolyn, he’s only taking a nap. Pretty soon it’ll be time for him to get up. We love you..

    • The Hoover's says:

      We are so Sorry for your loss! John was such a Loving Brother, so meek and kind. He is in Jehovah’s Memory and We hope to see him again in Paradise.

  3. The Gallaghers says:

    We are so sorry for your loss.John was a very kind and generous man.He will be greatly missed.????

  4. The Floyd Family says:

    Bro. John Austin was a very kind, thoughtful and spiritual man that meant so much to our congregation. He will be so missed, we extend our deepest sympathy and love to the entire family of our dear brother.

  5. Velicia Knight says:

    Hello to Austin family…I don’t like to say ‘Sorry for your loss’ because he’s not loss, he’s in Jehovah’s memory. He endured and his fight is over and that’s a beautiful thing. I do hope that the caring words from others bring you comfort and peace. And especially Comfort that comes from our exceedingly magnificent God Jehovah who comforts us daily. 2 Cor.1:3,4 ????

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