Mr. Austin Lado Clodfelter Jr.

November 1, 1943September 29, 2020

Austin Clodfelter Jr., 76, was born on November 1st, 1943 to Ruth Nance Clodfelter and Austin Clodfelter Sr. He was born and raised in Thomasville, NC. He was endeared and deeply connected to Thomasville. He was raised by two loving grandparents, Emory (EC or Doc) and Virgie Clodfelter, who he loved and praised his entire life. He was one of four children. He was enamored by and to his siblings which he spoke of proudly and often throughout his life. He was a loving and dedicated husband, son and father and showed it often and in the best ways he knew how.

Austin was a graduate of Thomasville High School in 1962 and was accepted to NC State, to which he remained a dedicated fan of throughout his life. He successfully ran and operated his own business for over thirty years before retiring. He was a reader of war history, a dedicated Nascar fan, and devoted follower of professional golf. The Masters golf tournament could not get here soon enough every year. He loved and was obsessed with growing the biggest tomatoes possible and was passionate about surf fishing before his health intervened in his later years.

Austin, following in the footsteps of his father, Austin Sr., proudly serving his country with distinguished military service. Austin served “in country” Vietnam from 1967 to late 1968. He was a combat infantry soldier in the 4th and 23rd mechanized infantry regiment. He served during the most perilous and deadly time of the entire war. He was a Tet Offensive survivor, which he wore as a badge of honor. For his service he earned various awards and commendations as well as two purple hearts.

In 1970, he married the love of his life, Judy Kaye Finney. They were happily married for 38 years.

Surviving are two sons, Jerry Clodfelter (Susan Hunt), and Jeff Clodfelter and loving daughter-in-law Leigh; grandson Dustin Clodfelter and granddaughter Evan Clodfelter, as well as a great grandson Mason. Also surviving are his brother Benny Clodfelter and his wife Patti and his sisters Mary Asbury and her husband Chip and Libby Clodfelter, all of which he adored. In his grandchildren and great grandchild he saw hope for the future and they were the world to him. He also leaves many other friends and relatives that he dearly cared about and loved.

He was preceded in death by his loving grandparents, Virgie and Doc; his parents Austin and Ruth; and his wife Judy who he lamented over and loved until his very last day.

The family would like to extend a special and heart felt thank you to the wonderful nurses, doctors and dedicated staff that provided care for Austin during his final days.

A Celebration of Austin’s life will be held Saturday, October 3rd at 1pm at the Thomasville Funeral Home followed by burial at Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery at 3pm with military honor by the Randolph County Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers please direct memorials to either St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the DAV.


  • Austin & Ruth Clodfelter, Sr., Parents (deceased)
  • Emory & Virgie Clodfelter, Grandparents (deceased)
  • Judy Clodfelter, Wife (deceased)
  • Jerry Clodfelter (Susan), Son
  • Jeff Clodfelter (Leigh), Son
  • Dustin Clodfelter, Grandson
  • Evan Clodfelter, Granddaughter
  • Mason Clodfelter, Great Grandson
  • Benny Clodfelter (Patti), Brother
  • Mary Asbury (Chip), Sister
  • Libby Clodfelter, Sister

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  • St. Jude's Childrens Hospital
  • Disabled American Veterans


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, October 3, 2020

  • Burial

    Saturday, October 3, 2020


Mr. Austin Lado Clodfelter Jr.

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Eric Lyon

October 3, 2020

I knew Austin since I was a small kid. He always greeted me with a smile and a laugh. You father was a super nice guy and I know He will be sorely missed by many. I will miss the days of getting one of those good lemonades at everybody’s day and just talking with him about many different things. Praying for you Jeff that God will comfort you through this tough time.

Johnny Webb

October 2, 2020

Went to school with Austin and friends Thur out school years we send our prayers to his family. Rest In Peace my friend

Maralyne Ward

October 2, 2020

I met austin 1996 me and my husband rented a apt from him he was always nice so sorry for your loss

Freddie Jarrett

October 1, 2020

Austin and I grew up together around Cox Ave. and Fairway Dr. A truer friend no one could ask for.
Jeff, you and Jerry had a Father who was one of a kind, He was well liked, well respected, and well loved by everyone that really knew him.
I WILL miss him and our little BS sessions.
Rest in God's comfort, my friend.

Mary Lane

October 1, 2020

I never had the honor of meeting Mr. Clodfelter but his son Jeff married my niece Leigh. Jeff dearly loved his father and we dearly love Jeff. Sincere condolences to the family and friends.

Jerry/ Coker

October 1, 2020

went to school with and hung out with Austin and had many good memories of our long lasting friendship,
God bless his family, Jerry Coker

Lori Hege

October 1, 2020

Libby, I'm thinking about you and your family during this time of loss. Sending, love, hugs, and prayers to you. ❤🙏✝️

Ginger Cranford

October 1, 2020

My late husband, "Hoot", was honored to call Austin his good friend. They shared many good times together.


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