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Originally published: 2013-07-25 13:07:38
Last modified: 2013-07-25 13:08:22

Michael Bruce Austin

Michael Bruce Austin, 53, of Conley Cheek Road, Fleetwood, passed away Tuesday evening, July 23, 2013, at his home.

Michael was born Dec. 8, 1959, in Caldwell County, the son of Virginia Austin-Ferguson and the late William "Bill" Austin. He was a self-employed general contractor and attended Calvary United Methodist Church. Mike was known and admired most for his meticulous personality, love for people, loyalty to his customers, and his passion for his family and business.

Michael is survived by his wife, Charlene Church Austin of the home; one son, Tim "T.J." Austin and wife, Kylie, of Spruce Pine; two daughters, Heather Austin Fields, and husband, Michael, of Elk Park, and Sarah Austin of Newland; three granddaughters, Taylor Bennett, Emma Austin, and Tori Austin, all of Spruce Pine; three grandsons, Jonathon Austin of Spruce Pine, William Fields, and Mitchell Fields, both of Elk Park; his mother, Virginia Austin-Ferguson and husband, Harold, of Sugar Grove; one brother, Doug Austin and wife, Lynne, of Sugar Grove; his father and mother-in-law, Pete and Betty Avery of Jefferson; his sister and brother-in-law, Marlene and Eric Wilson of Boone, and four nephews, Brandon Austin and wife, Charity, of Sugar Grove, Edward Austin, Chase Dillard, and Corbin Dillard, all of Boone.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Don Austin.

Funeral services for Michael Bruce Austin will be conducted 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 3 to 4 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Brian Cornell. Burial will follow at Ashelawn Memorial Gardens in Jefferson. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, at Hampton Funeral Service.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, 922 Railroad Grade Road, Fleetwood, NC, 28626.

Online condolences may be sent to the Austin family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.