Paul Hickman Austin

September 28, 1931July 17, 2011

Paul Hickman Austin, 79, USN (ret) of Phenix City, Alabama, died Sunday July 17, 2011 at his home. Funeral services will be held 11:00am (EDT) Wednesday July 20th in the chapel of Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 3770 Highway 431 N, Phenix City, Alabama, 36867, with the Reverend Bud Rupel officiating. Interment with military honors will be in Lakeview Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6pm until 8pm at the funeral home.

Mr. Austin was born September 28, 1931 in Lenoir, North Carolina, son of the late Zebulon Austin and Ruth Jarvis Austin. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force prior to joining the U.S. Navy and retiring after more than 24 years of combined service. He was a veteran of Korea and Vietnam. Memberships include the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Other than his parents Mr. Austin is preceded in death by 4 sisters and 2 brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mildred Tidwell Austin of Phenix City, his children and their spouses, Stephen and Yvette Austin of Hastings, FL., Kathy Austin Jones of Phenix City, Richard and Barbie Austin of Cullman, AL., Robert Austin of Phenix City, brother, Reverend Ernest Austin of North Carolina, sisters, Sue Taylor of Virginia and Emily Hedrick of North Carolina, 6 grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. To offer condolences please visit


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 19, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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Kathy Jones

September 5, 2011

It was an honor to help take care of my dad & my sons grandfather "Charles Ryan Jones". I helped my dad In his last days. It has been a honor to be your daughter.

Joann Varner

September 5, 2011

Aunt Mildred and family,
Can't express the heartache that the loss of Uncle Paul has brought. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as always. You know he is at rest and no longer fighting the battles he so courageously for so long. Your love and devotion and care for him is so greatfully appreciated by all of us who love him. Please know our love stays with each of you as long as we live. Take care of each other. Remember he lives as we have our memories of him. I was honored to be a neice. Love to all. Joann & Randy

Kathy Jones

July 29, 2011

We will all miss you dad.

Steve Austin
Kathy Austin Jones
Rick Austin
Robert Austin

And from your grandson. Charles Ryan Jones

Kathy Austin

July 29, 2011

I will miss you dad. I will see you In heaven. From your only Daughter. Kathy Austin Jones.

steve & yvette austin

July 21, 2011

The Watch (U.S. Navy)
For twenty years,
This sailor has stood the watch
While some of us were in our bunks at night,
This sailor stood the watch

While some of us were in school learning our trade,
This shipmate stood the watch

Yes...even before some of us were born into this world,
This shipmate stood the watch

In those years when the storm clouds of war were seen
brewing on the horizon of history,
This shipmate stood the watch

Many times he would cast an eye ashore and see his family standing there,
Needing his guidance and help,
Needing that hand to hold during those hard times,
But he still stood the watch

He stood the watch for twenty years,
He stood the watch so that we, our families,
And our fellow countrymen could sleep soundly in safety,
Each and every night,
Knowing that a sailor stood the watch

Today we are here to say:
"Shipmate...the watch stands relieved.
Relieved by those YOU have trained, guided, and lead
Shipmate you stand relieved...we have the watch!"

Dad, you have stood your watch and now it is our time to stand the watch. We love you. Steve & Yvette

Kathy Jones

July 21, 2011

I will miss you dad. You have been a good father and grandfather. We will both miss you. We both will see you In heaven with Jesus and God.

Steve Austin

July 20, 2011

Dad , forever in our hearts. We love and will miss you. Love Steve and Yvette

Kathy Jones

July 19, 2011

Me & mom will see you In heaven. Love Always, Your Grandson Charles Ryan Jones.

July 19, 2011

Mildred and family, I am sorry to learn of the death of Paul. Mildred you have been very faithful to him and his care. Thank-you for that. Cynthia and I tried to get there but due to car overheating we felt we needed to come back home. Know each of you are in my prayers. He was a good husband and father I know, also a good brother. Love to each of you, Paul's sister,Emily