Thursday, November 14, 2013 — GREENSBORO – Georgia Beaver Austin, 77, of Summerfield, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at her home.
Georgia was born on March 16, 1936, in Statesville, N.C., the daughter of the late Henry George and the late Foda Stack Beaver.
Georgia is survived by her husband of 58 years, James Robert Austin Jr.; and five children, Karen Austin Johnson (Ken) of Summerfield, James Robert Austin III (Beth) of Greensboro, George Kevin Austin (Cindy) of Yadkinville, Sandra Austin Hunt (Dwayne) of Greensboro and Kristie Austin Pope of Stokesdale. She also has 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Sally Beaver Buckner of Raleigh; and a brother, Henry Gerald Beaver, of Fayetteville.
Georgia grew up in Albemarle, N.C. and graduated from Albemarle High School. She was a smart business woman and worked in various professions. She was a founding member of Austin-Berryhill, Inc., which still runs today in Yadkinville, N.C. as Austin Enclosures.
She then built and ran the Gingerbread House daycare center in Greensboro before becoming a general contractor and building homes in Greensboro.
Georgia loved working in the soil and had a talent for raising beautiful flowers and vegetables. She also loved to fish and collect sea shells. She and Jirn spent many happy years at the North Carolina coast with family and friends.
Most of all, Georgia loved her family. She loved to sew for her children and grandchildren making beautiful holiday dresses, Halloween costumes and play clothes.
Cooking for such a large family was fun to her, and a few years ago her best recipes were compiled and published as “Georgia’s Favorite Recipes.”
Georgia was happiest when all were gathered at her house. She loved serving, supporting and sharing life with her family. She was well loved and will be missed greatly.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Forbis and Dick North Elm St. Chapel., Greensboro, N.C. The family will receive friends immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405.