James Paul Austin, Jr., age 60, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016. He was born to James Paul Austin and Yulice Darlene (Acock) Austin on March 13, 1956 at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, California.
He attended school at various locations in the United States as well as overseas. He graduated high school from Stockton, Missouri in 1974. Jim married Debra Whitesell, of El Dorado Springs, in 1974. To this union two children were born; Kristi Lea (Austin) Fugate of New Orleans, Louisiana and David Craig Austin of El Dorado Springs. In November of 1997, Jim married Shannon Rae Burress of El Dorado Springs. They lived many happy years together until his untimely death.
Jim started working at 3M in Nevada, Missouri at the age of 19. He retired after 40 years, on December 31, 2015. He enjoyed playing and spectating in sports, hunting, fishing, and coaching baseball. He also enjoyed reading, watching movies, cooking, and gardening.
Jim was preceded in death by his father James Paul Austin, his two brothers, Gregory Allen Austin and Raymond Luther Austin.
He is survived by his wife Shannon of the home, his children, Kristi Fugate and husband Kirk, David Austin and wife Terry, three grandchildren, Codey, Dayton, and Hunter, his mother Darlene, brother Mike Avery, sister Darla Arlint, and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.