Keith Wilson Austin , 85, of Rockwell, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis, NC.
He was born March 18, 1933 in Marshville, NC to the late Clarence and Ruth Presson Austin. Keith was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Rockwell. He was a member of the first graduating class of A.L. Brown High School in 1953. Keith worked for and retired from Hilbish Ford as an auto mechanic. He was a Veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean War.
Keith enjoyed working around his house, gardening and "tinkering", but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Keith was preceded in death by his first wife, Lueanna Joy Austin, son, Dwight Eric Austin; brother, Sherrill Lee Austin; and step-daughter, Wanda Self.
Keith is survived by his second wife Shirley Self Austin, whom he married November 20, 1982; sons, Bruce Scott Austin and wife Patricia of China Grove, NC, Lowell Dean Austin and wife Tammy of Rockwell, NC; daughter, Gail Austin Frye and husband Steve of Advance; sister, Peggy Linn of Kannapolis; step-son, Michael Ray Self, Sr.; step-daughter, Patricia Ann Lovell; grandson, Joshua Keith Austin of Hartsville, SC; granddaughter, Cassandra Ann Austin; 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
The family will greet friends and relatives on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:15 am at Powles Staton Funeral Home, Rockwell, NC.
The graveside service will be held at 11:30 am on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Rockwell, NC, with Rev. Mike Herring, officiating. Military graveside rites will be provided by the NC National Guard and the Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard.
Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Austin family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.
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