James Austin, Jr., resident of rural Fairland, died at home late Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, after a lengthy illness.  He was 78. 

Mr. Austin was born July 4, 1931, at Hickory Grove Community, to James and Vida (Chappell) Austin, Sr.  He had served in the US Army Reserve.  He moved to Tulsa in 1952, working as an insurance agent for the State Farm Ins. Company for 38 years.

He had been a member of Woodlake Assembly of God Church in Tulsa, and served as a deacon for 38 years and also served as a Light-For-the-Lost Councilman for 40 years. 

After moving to Fairland in 2007, he became a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Miami. 

He was a member of the Hickory Grove Cemetery Board and the Hickory Grove Community Center Board, writing grants for improvement of the community center. 

He married Vada Swofford on Dec. 22, 1950, at Tulsa.  She survives, of the home.  Other survivors include a son and his wife, Mike and Judy Austin, of Fairland, a daughter, Carol Leding of Tulsa, two sisters, Utoka Minick of Grove, and Laverne Stone of Wichita, KS, four grandchildren, Rev. Jamie and Jennifer Austin of Tulsa, Mandy Tyndall of Grove, Adam and Beth Leding of Tulsa, Rebecca and Daniel Culver of Sapulpa, and six great-grandchildren, Wyatt Austin, Avery Austin, Delaney Tyndall, Will Tyndall, Jackson Culver, and Braedyn Culver. 

He was preceded by his parents, a brother, Chloe Austin, and two sisters, Lodema Hill and Lois Howard.  

A funeral was at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at First Assembly of God Church in Miami, with Rev. Raymond Frizzelle officiating.  A visitation was from 6-8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at First Assembly of God Church in Miami.  Arrangements provided by Adcock Funeral Home in Fairland.  In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the First Assembly Connection Center Building Fund, in care of the funeral home.