Ernest (Ernie) R. Austin, age 81, of Kingston passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at his residence, surrounded by his family. He was born April 9, 1938 in Gastonia, North Carolina. At the age of 18, he served his country proudly in the United States Army. Ernie was a dedicated member of Cave Creek Missionary Baptist Church and was always an encouragement through his testimony and actions. He had worked as an epidemiologist for the CDC for 50 years before retiring, also later working ten years at Knox County Health Department, where he retired for the second time, approximately three years ago. Ernie loved going to yard sales, working crossword puzzles and going out to eat. Preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Ross Austin and Leilia Wells Austin; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Faye and E.J. Cline.
Loving Wife Carolyn Cline Austin of Kingston
Children Alan Austin, Dwight Austin, Erin and Scott Cody, Tim and Kim Clark, Jeff
Clark and Missy Scott, Shawn and Sue Clark, Angie and Don Powers
Grandchildren Jessica and David Choate, Kayla and Eddie Irizarry, Emilye and Brett
Guge, Sam Clark, Lily Clark, Jonathan Clark, Jacob Clark, Caleb
Powers, Eli Powers, Noah Powers
Great-grandchildren Eyan, Hailey, Gage and Kinsley Choate, Monica, Elias, Easton, Ezekias
and Baby Irizarry, Baby Guge
Brother-in-law Kenny and Joyce Cline
and a host of extended family and church friends.
The family will receive friends 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 10, 2019 at Cave Creek Missionary Baptist Church with funeral service following at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Yogi White and Rev. Don Powers officiating. The church is located at 396 Harvey Road, Kingston, TN 37763. He will be laid to rest at 12:00 p.m., Monday, November 11, 2019 at Roane Memorial Gardens with military honors, conducted by the Roane County Honor Guard. Online register book can be signed at www.FrakerFuneralHome.net. Fraker Funeral Home of Kingston is in charge of all the arrangements.
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