Robert Wade Austin, 88, of Columbus, GA passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Columbus Hospice House.
A memorial graveside service, with full military honors, will be held at Ft. Benning Main Post Cemetery on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 beginning at 2:00 pm, with Rev. Mike Webb officiating.
Robert was born on August 24, 1930 in Nashville, TN, son of the late Jane Elizabeth Butler. For many years, he proudly served in the United States Army, where he worked as a helicopter crew chief. During this time, he was deployed on three tours to Vietnam. Robert is a member of the Masonic Lodge #579, the Scottish Rite, and the York Rite, in addition to being a Shriner. He was a faithful member of Cusseta United Methodist Church. As a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, this special man will be greatly missed but has left a legacy for all who knew him to remember.
Other than his mother, Robert was preceded in death by his wife, of over 60 years, Audrey Austin; and a son, Jonathan Austin.
Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn Staton and husband Ronnie of Greenbrier, TN; sons, David Lynn and Jeffrey Austin, both of Cusseta, GA; grandchildren, Cory Staton, Austin Staton (Courtney), Cody Austin (Brittany), Amanda Holmes (Donald), and Kyle Austin; eight great-grandchildren; several other extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cusseta United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 368, Cusseta, GA 31805.
Those so desiring to extend condolences may visit www.vancebrooksfuneralhome.net.