John Alexander Auten Jr.

September 13, 1921December 19, 2012

John Alexander Auten, Jr., 91 of Charlotte passed away on Wednesday December 19th at Huntersville Oaks. John was born September 13, 1921 in Mecklenburg County to John Alexander and Bessie Martin Auten. John’s beloved wife, Catherine Crocker Auten preceded him in death in 2007. He served seven years as President of Mecklenburg County Firemens Association. As former chief of Derita Fire Department, he was very active in organizing and developing the DVFD as well as many other fire departments in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.. He served two terms as President of N. C. State Firemens Association and was an active leader in the N. C. State Fire Chiefs Association and helped form the N. C. Retired Fire Chiefs Association where he served as President. John owned and operated Morgan Brothers School Supply Corporation 30 years. He was a member of Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church over 60 years serving as Deacon and Elder. John was a proud 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Oasis Temple of the Shrine. He loved his family leaving daughters, Jean Stroupe, Rebecca Cato (Tom) and Gwynn Locklear (Vic), seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and a daughter-in-law, Celi Auten. A son John A. Auten, III passed away in 2007. Funeral services will be at 11:00AM Saturday in the chapel of Forest Lawn West Funeral Home, Reverend Phuc Nguyen officiating. Entombment will be in Forest Lawn West Mausoleum. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home. Memorials in Johns name may be sent to Shriners Childrens Hospital, %Oasis Temple, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC, 28262. Offer condolences through


  • Visitation Saturday, December 22, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 22, 2012

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January 1, 2013

We were saddened to hear of John A.'s death and want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. When my dad (Richard Houser) died in 2006, John A. came and sat with Mother, Rose Martin Houser, during the visitation. She really appreciated his kind gesture. It was a source of comfort to have her cousin with her. They enjoyed catching up with one another.
Cheryl Houser Foster (Mint Hill, NC)

Sandra Epperson-Kinlaw

December 26, 2012

Jeannie, Cookie and Gwynn. I just recently heard that your dad had passed away. I am truly sorry for your loss and wish that I could have been with you.

Ned Baker

December 25, 2012

Family members.
I am sorry for the loss of your loved one, Mr. John.
I always enjoyed seeing him at Derita Soda Shop during the week and Maria's on Saturday's.
He was always a pleasure to be with and will be greatly missed.

Steve Townsend

December 24, 2012

John was a friend & mentor to me at Morgan Bros. We are all richer for having known him.

Diane Keever

December 23, 2012

Jeannie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God hold you in his arms and comfort you in the days to come. Would love to hear from you.

Diane Miller Keever and Doyle Keever

Larry and Debbie McLean

December 22, 2012

Christy, Tim, Jean, and sorry to learn of the loss of your loved one. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Rutherfordton Fire Department

December 22, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Every time we work on the 1924 fire truck, we think of how Mr. Auten enjoyed it for those many years.

December 22, 2012

Dear family:
Bobby Joyner joins me in what a wondeful friend John was to us. I worked for the NC State Firemen's Association 40 years. He was one of the most dedicated Presidents that I worked with. What a true fireman *hero he was. Alex and Tab Bobby and I wish for you Peace and Comfort during this time while you have broken hearts and precious memories. Bobby & Gail Joyner, Farmville, NC

Ada Esther Argueta

December 21, 2012

My heart goes to the Auten family. May God be with you in this times of sorrow.

Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!

Lucy Cifre

December 21, 2012

Praying for you and your family!