Benjamin Franklin "Benny" Austin, Jr., age 70, of 1262 Kaylor Drive, Granite Falls, a native and former resident of Boone, passed away Friday evening, March 7, 2014, at Valdese General Hospital.

Mr. Austin was a retired bookkeeper for the North Carolina Department of Transportation and a member of Mount View Baptist Church in Caldwell County.

Mr. Austin is survived by one sister, Glenda Austin Smith and brother-in-law Gerald of Taylor, SC, one nephew, Edward Austin Smith and wife Jeannie of North Augusta, SC, one niece, Angela Smith Lucas and husband Greg of Easley, SC, one great-nephew, Austin Smith of North Augusta, SC and two great-nieces, Gracie Smith of North Augusta, SC and Caroline Lucas of Easley, SC.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Austin, Sr., and Alice Greene Austin.

Funeral services for "Benny" Austin will be conducted Monday afternoon, March 10, 2014, at 2:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 1:00 until 2:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Reverend Herbert McCoy. Burial will follow in the Winkler's Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Monday afternoon, from 1:00 until 2:00 o'clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

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Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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