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Ben Austin (1-3-21) service 1-9-21

Ben Austin, of Savannah, departed this life on Sunday, Jan. 3, at the age of 70 years, 10 months and 30 days.
He was born in Hardin County on Feb. 4, 1950, the son of the late Warren G. and Elsie Blythe Austin. On Sept. 28, 1998, he was united in marriage to Greta Thompson, who survives.
Benny, as most everyone knew him, was a fixture in the real estate business in Hardin County since 1968. He was owner and real estate broker of List 4 Less Realty. His dedication and perseverance were not limited to real estate…he had a love for baseball, and he sponsored and coached numerous players throughout the years. Benny also enjoyed raising Daschunds and gardening. He was a member of the TN Realtors Association and Hopewell Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, Greta Thompson Austin of Savannah, Benny is survived by his sons, Ryan Austin of Savannah, Benjamin Chad Austin and his wife Amy of Corinth, Mississippi, and Garrick Smith and his wife Sara of Tulsa, Oklahoma; sister, Brenda Austin McNeill and her husband Gerald of Jackson, Tennessee; grandchildren, Destiny Sowell Lee, Devin Sowell, Isabella Price Austin, Ben Ceyton Austin and Willa Margaret Smith; great-grandchild, Kaeman Whit Sowell; mother of his two boys, Nancy Lumpkin of Savannah; and two nieces, Tifni McNeill Herlevic and Brandi McNeill Ragan.
Along with his parents, Benny was preceded in death by a niece, Tracey Fondren Gardner.
Services were held on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m., at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Savannah with Rev. Randy Isbell and Allen Guyer officiating. Private internment.