James Claud Austin, age 77, of Johnson Street, Boone, passed away Wednesday afternoon, January 8, 2014 at Forsyth Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem.

Born May 7, 1936 in Watauga County, he was a son of James and Della Hayes Austin. Claud was a proud breeder of Hereford cattle. He was employed as service manager for Suburban Propane in Boone before retirement. Mr. Austin was a member of Westview Baptist Church.

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