Paul Hickman Austin, 79, USN (ret) of Phenix City, Alabama, died Sunday July 17, 2011 at his home. Funeral services will be held 11:00am (EDT) Wednesday July 20th in the chapel of Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 3770 Highway 431 N, Phenix City, Alabama, 36867, with the Reverend Bud Rupel officiating. Interment with military honors will be in Lakeview Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6pm until 8pm at the funeral home.
Mr. Austin was born September 28, 1931 in Lenoir, North Carolina, son of the late Zebulon Austin and Ruth Jarvis Austin. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force prior to joining the U.S. Navy and retiring after more than 24 years of combined service. He was a veteran of Korea and Vietnam. Memberships include the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Other than his parents Mr. Austin is preceded in death by 4 sisters and 2 brothers.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mildred Tidwell Austin of Phenix City, his children and their spouses, Stephen and Yvette Austin of Hastings, FL., Kathy Austin Jones of Phenix City, Richard and Barbie Austin of Cullman, AL., Robert Austin of Phenix City, brother, Reverend Ernest Austin of North Carolina, sisters, Sue Taylor of Virginia and Emily Hedrick of North Carolina, 6 grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. To offer condolences please visit www.shphenixcity.com.