Robert Donald Austin

Nov. 4, 1934-Sept. 10, 2023


Robert Donald Austin, 88, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 10, 2023, at Alive Hospice, in Nashville.

Robert was born Nov. 4, 1934, in Sparta, to Charles Dudley and Jennie Rogers Austin.

He was a lifelong farmer. He loved his cattle and loved his land that had been in his family since it was still property of North Carolina before Tennessee became a state.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Juanita Austin.

Survivors include his sister, Joan Austin Jones and husband Peter Edward Jones, of Tyler, Texas; two nieces, Jennifer Anne Blice and husband Joe, of Plano, Texas, Lezlie Elizabeth Jones and husband Ken Fraley, of Amarillo, Texas; and two great-nieces, Elizabeth Blice and Charlotte Blice.

Visitation with the family will be 1-2 p.m., Sept. 21, 2023, at Hunter Funeral Home, with a private burial in Highland Cemetery.

The Austin family has entrusted Hunter Funeral Home with Robert’s cremation.   

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.