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Jerry Lee Austin, age 68

Jerry Lee Austin, 68, of Conway passed away on May 13, 2020.  He was born on September 1, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Bert Addis and Frances ollie (Kear) Austin.

He was a devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, who was blessed to marry his best friend and love of his life on December 9, 1983.  He was a professional over the road truck driver for over 40 years. Before his truck driving profession, he owned many service stations in the 1970’s.  He enjoyed racing late model cars, traveling to the casinos, and bowling but mostly being with his family.

He was preceded in death his son Dennis Todd Thornton.

Jerry leaves behind his loving wife and best friend of 37 years Sandra Austin; his children Camille Thornton, Jerry Lee Austin, Jr. and Jeremy Austin; his grandchildren Madeline Orzeck-Stone (Christian), Matthew Scott Orzeck, and Whitney Shalk; his siblings Joyce Dilbert (Robert), Kenneth Austin (Linda) and Jim Austin (Linda); many friends and family across the United States.

Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.  501-982-3400


  • Susan Braud Posted May 15, 2020 4:26 PM

    So sorry for your loss. He will definitely be missed.

  • Kenny Austin Posted May 15, 2020 4:33 PM

    Jerry’s smile was contagious

    He was fun to be around and I have many happy memories.   He taught me a lot about cars and racing. I hope heaven has a racetrack.  We love you brother. He will be missed by many.

  • LInda (Kenny) Austin Posted May 15, 2020 4:47 PM

    Jerry, Santa, Joyce and Francis came to Las Vegas when Kenny and I got married. Jerry kept telling me not to marry Kenny because the Austin men were pains in the butt. He was right! But marrying Kenny and getting into this family was one of the best decisions I ever made. Jerry was a wonderful brother in law. He was funny and Jerry could tell a great story! He sure had a lot of them from his truck driving days. Jerry had a heart of gold. He will be missed so much !!

  • Rob Dilbert Posted May 15, 2020 4:52 PM

    Sandra, I am so sorry for your loss. I truly enjoyed the time I was able to spend with Jerry.
    As a teenager he taught me so much about automobile mechanics.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers, I love you.

  • Joyce Dilbert Posted May 15, 2020 7:20 PM

    Sandra, Jerry was a wonderful brother, and I know he was a great husband to you, along with being your best friend. We will all miss him so much. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Love Joyce Dilbert

  • Joshua Dilbert Posted May 15, 2020 9:32 PM

    To my beloved uncle I will keep you in my heart always you will never be forgotten and always missed love you love Josh Teena and Nehemiah miss you always

  • Glenda Quisenberry Posted May 16, 2020 10:08 AM

    My thoughts & deepest sympathy for Sandy & the family during this time of sorrow.

  • Jerry Schalk Posted May 16, 2020 4:27 PM

    My dad was the strongest most head strong man I’ve ever known. He was larger than life to me. He was my hero. I’ve always been very proud to be a Austin but even prouder to be my father’s son. I’ll love him and miss him always and aspire to be at least half the man my dad was.

  • Catherine Thomas Posted May 17, 2020 5:47 PM

    So many fun times in different places. Being a pilot car was a great way to meet great people. Which Jerry was a great person. I will miss him. He would call at different times and remember all the good times and places we went to. Bless you Sandy

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