April 24, 2014

James Albert Austin

James Albert Austin, 73, of Dalton, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Regency Park Health and Rehabilitation.

He was a member of Community Fellowship Church of Ministries and a member of The Gospel Songbirds and The Traveling Echoes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Silas Sr. and Pauline Austin; three brothers, Silas Jr., Jerry Russell and Ruben Lavern Austin; and four sisters, Earnestine Southern, Olean Taylor, Martha Tibbs and Katie Louise Austin.

He is survived by his dear companion of 47 years, Annie Mae Hill; three sons, Johnathan (Michelle) Hill, Charles (Christine) Hill and Ted (Lisa) Hill; four sisters, Rosa Shanks, Virginia Barrett, Gussie Johnson and Margaret (Tim) Jackson; one brother, Terry (Mamie) Austin; 14 grandchildren; dear friend, Frank Knox; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Homegoing services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. in the chapel with Dr. Stephen Thomas, Bishop Bennie Tibbs, Dr. Nicky P. Starling and other ministers officiating.

His remains will lie at the funeral home today after 11 a.m.

Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family and the online guest book signed at

Arrangements by Willis Funeral Home Inc., Dalton.

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