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John Manuel Austin
Birth: Apr. 3, 1932
Death: Sep. 21, 2013

My daddy was my hero. He was the gentlest, kindest Man I have ever met. I never heard him say anything bad about anyone, he never drank, smoked, used bad language, raised his voice or anything that would mar his image or his faith in God. He was my Mom's hero, too. They were together 60 years and she said she never heard him raise his voice or use bad language either. I wish everyone could have a Dad like my Dad! He taught me about unconditional love, to be non-judgemental, to work hard and do every job to the best of my ability. Whatever he did through the years, I always helped him. When I was little, he would hold the nail and let me hammer. He taught me the name of tools and how to use them. I wish I could have had 55 more years with Daddy but I know I will see him again one day and I know he is playing his guitar and singing in the angel choir. He is not suffering from a bad heart, cancer and blindness anymore. He has a new body and we have to learn to walk without our hero here in this troubled world. I miss you more than words can ever say, Daddy! Thank you for the beautiful memories and laughs we shared! You could never imagine how much this Daddy's girl loves and misses her Daddy!

A poem for my Daddy:

What Makes A Dad
Author: Unknown

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it "DAD!"


John Manuel Austin, age 81, passed away suddenly on September 21, 2013. Mr. Austin was the son of the late Arthur G. and Pearl Ashley Austin and the husband of Laura Davis Austin. He is also survived by one son, Marion D. Austin of Columbia; two daughters, Angela A. Melton and her husband Bobby of Chester, Janice A. Wade and her husband Doug of Chester; one brother, Richard Austin of Rock Hill; one sister , Joyce Austin Odell of Rock Hill. He is also survived by one son-in-law Neil Alexander; his 12 grand children, Greg Melton, Rebecca Hare, Jennifer Allen, Doug Wade, Amanda Crocker, Dale Austin, Grant Alexander, Heather Millwood, Elizabeth Tillman, Carolyn Tillman, Krystal Austin, Christina Austin; and 16 great-grand-children. Mr. Austin was preceded in death by two daughters, Sandy Alexander and Mary Tillman and one brother, Edward Austin.
Mr. Austin was a sixty year member of First Free Will Baptist Church and he had served as a deacon for 41 years.
The visitation for Mr. Austin will be held in the sanctuary of First Free Will Baptist Church of Chester, Monday, from 1 to 2 p.m. The funeral will immediately follow at 2 p.m. and be conducted by the Rev. James Sanders. The burial will be in Chester Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the General Fund of the First Free Will Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1656, Chester, SC 29706. 
Family links: 
  Arthur Gladden Austin (1893 - 1962)
  Pearl Arletta Ashley Austin (1908 - 1982)
  Sandra Jean Austin Alexander (1956 - 2010)*
  Mary Helen Austin Tillman (1965 - 2011)*
  John Manuel Austin (1932 - 2013)
  Edward Vernon Austin (1933 - 2000)*
*Calculated relationship
Chester Memorial Gardens
Chester County
South Carolina, USA
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