Johnny Randall Austin, 78, of Southaven, MS. went home to be with his Lord and Savior on November 7, 2020. Born in Selmer, TN. to Jack and Mary Austin, he grew up in Granada, MS. and served in the United States Marine Corp Reserves. He attended Holmes Community College, Delta State University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from the University of Houston. For 28 years he worked in Market Research for A. C. Neilson as a District Coordinator, and during his retirement he enjoyed being a salesman with Homer Skelton Ford and driving for the Landers Dodge Dealership. He married the love of his life, Kay Armour, and during 51 wonderful years together they had two children, Randy E. Austin and Dawn M. Hayes (Rev. Del R.). Grandchildren, Megan Wray, Hayden Martin, Drew Hayes, and Simon Hayes. Great-grandchildren, Chandler Martin, Zane Hayes and Makenna Wray. He served as a greeter for his church for many years, and each Sunday he welcomed in everyone to worship the Lord that he served. For nearly 20 years he joined his dearest friends for their Men’s Monday Morning Prayer Group, and was faithful in lifting up others to the Lord in prayer. Known to everyone as “Jig-Pole Johnny”, he was the best crappie fisherman around, and could most likely be found on the lake fishing with his son, even if the fish weren’t biting! Many times, donating his year-long catch to feed and honor the Senatobia First Responders. He was a wonderful, loving husband and father, and the greatest example of what it meant to be a Christian.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Labelle Haven Baptist Church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be sent to Labelle Haven Baptist Church at 4800 HWY 305 N., Olive Branch, MS. 38654