Willie Austin

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Celebration of Life service for Mrs. Willie Dee Austin, 81, of Jakin, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Evans-Skipper Funeral Home with interment to follow in Red Hill Cemetery in Iron City, Ga.

Buddy Lane, Bobby Lane, Marty Lane, Phillip McDaniel, Carlos Faircloth and Michael Miller will serve as active pallbearers.

Born in Donalsonville, Ga., on Jan. 25, 1928, Mrs. Austin died on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at Donalsonville Hospital.

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Mrs. Austin attended Unity Church of God for many years. She worked for a number of years as a seamstress before becoming a caregiver for the elderly and shut-ins. She also worked as a nurse’s aide for awhile at the Donalsonville Hospital. She enjoyed cooking, traveling and canning her own fruits and vegetables.

She was preceded in death by her parents; the father of her children, John P. Braswell; a sister, Virginia Harrison; five brothers, Woodrow McDaniel, Calvin McDaniel, Bernard Miller, Brady Ray Miller and Jessie Oliver Lane; two sons, Carlos Eugene Braswell and John Anthony Braswell; and one granddaughter, Shannon Comerford.

Survivors include her three daughters, Patricia Martin of Jakin, Judith Hardegree of Pine Mills, Texas, and Vickie Basko of Albany, Ga.; a sister, Verla Berry of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, James Lamar Lane of Hampton, Ga.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Evans-Skipper Funeral Home in Donalsonville is in charge of the arrangements.