James “Jim” “Mountain” W. Austin, 72, of Ridgeway, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Sovah Health in Martinsville. He was born in Henry County on August 29, 1945 to the late Claude and Grace Austin. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Claude Austin Jr.; and stepson, Gary Wayne Hodges Jr.
James is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Eunice Austin; daughters, Cara Joyce (Jay) of Martinsville and Sheri Harris (Trey) of Bassett; stepson, Barry Hodges of Bassett; six grandchildren and a sister, Betty Martin of Bassett.
He graduated from Fieldale High School. He retired from Century Link with more than 40 years of service, and was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard.
James loved antique cars, attending car shows and doing yard work. Most of all he loved spoiling his cats Blackjack and Isabelle.
The family will receive friends Monday, February 12, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m in the Bassett Funeral Service Chapel. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, February13, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Bassett Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Noel Naff officiating. Burial will follow in Henry Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Henry County SPCA, 132 Joseph Martin Hwy, Martinsville, VA 24112.