James Findley Austin
August 25, 1923 – May 3, 2018
Jim Austin passed away in his home the evening of May 3, 2018 at the age of 94.
Jim was born in Oklahoma City on August 25, 1923. He served in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1946.
In 1949 Jim met Mary Lee Williams and they were married in April of that year. They made their home in Oklahoma City where they raised their sons Jeff, Jim and Pete.
Jim worked as a manufacturers representative beginning in 1962, he retired from that business in 1988 and started another business that he ran until he was in his late 80’s.
Jim was an active member of his church, Central Presbyterian Church where he was an active member for over 60 years serving as a Deacon and an Elder. He was also active in Rotary where he served as an officer, additionally he supported the Urban Mission, Contact and the Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife Mary Lee. He is survived by sons Jeff, Jim and his wife Karen, Pete and his wife Deretta, 16 grandchildren and 33 great-grand children and numerous relatives.
A Memorial Service with the Rev. Everett Miller presiding will be held on Saturday, May 26th at 10:00 am at Central Presbyterian Church, located at 5101 N. May Avenue in Oklahoma City.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made in Jim’s name to Central Presbyterian Church where those contributions unless specified otherwise will be divided with one third each benefitting the Church, Urban Mission and the Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital.
Central Presbyterian Church
5101 N. May Ave
James Findley Austin
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May 23, 2018
A note missing from Mr. Austin's (Big Jim's) obituary were the many hours, days and weeks he devoted as a volunteer leader, mentor, role model, Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 199 at Central Presbyterian Church in the late 60s and early 70s. Troop 199 was very active and engaging largely due to the efforts of Mr. Austin and other fathers. We are all better men because of his investment in us as boys.
May 5, 2018
I thank God that He chose me to be one of three sons of my dad, James F. Austin. He was very present and active with me in my growing up years and I have many fond recollections of Boy Scouts, working with tools, ball games and family camping trips. It was not until my adult years that I began to realize his many sacrifices of time and finances on my behalf. Of of my best memories is dad blessing my wife and I at our marriage ceremony 35 years ago. I love him and respect him.