Jimmy Lavane Austin, 72, of Folkston, GA passed away on Friday, November 10, 2023. He was born in DeRidder, LA on November 20, 1950, to the late Everett Lavane Austin and Mary E. Franklin Austin. Jimmy graduated from Baker High School in 1968. After afterschool he went on to work for Bow Brothers Constructions as a bridge builder. He was a member of AFL-CIO Carpenters Union in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and worked on large projects such as building interstate I-10 expressways and the new Mississippi river bridge. He then went on to a career in law enforcement in the 70s where he worked as a traffic cop with the Dallas police department, where he later retired and moved back home to Baton Rouge in the 80s. Back home in Baton Rouge he opened Austin’s Printing Express and Photography, serving the area for several decades doing full-service printing and photography. In 2017, Jimmy retired and moved to Georgia with his oldest daughter and her family where he resided until his death. Jimmy loved being the family historian. He recorded photos and video of all important occasions within his family and worked diligently on recording his family genealogy.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son; Stephen E. Austin.
He is survived by his 5-children; Tonya (Sammie) Hendrix, Jennifer L. Loyola, Alicia D. Rich, Richard J. Austin, and Tara R. Austin, 15-grandchildren; Lauren (Merrill) Taylor, Christopher Hendrix, Eden (Ben) Milam, Cassidy Hendrix, Chance Hendrix, Alejandra Loyola, Garrett Aldrich, Jillian Aldrich, Brycen Aldrich, Vallen Rich, Greenly Rich, Soren Rich, Ava Austin, Carson Conn, and Lily Conn, 2-sisters; Pamela Sue Austin and Zelda Pence, and numerous great-grandchildren.
Memorialization will be by cremation. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Louisiana.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardrobersonfh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home, 526 Oakwood Street, Folkston, GA 31537.