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Joseph Adam Austin, 25
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Tracy City resident and Warren County native Joseph Adam Austin, 25, was born Dec. 14, 1994 and died suddenly Aug. 26 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

A United States Army veteran of Afghanistan, an employee of Batesville Casket Company, and owner of CAS Nursery, he was the son of Gail Wanamaker Hobbs of McMinnville and Adam Austin of Nashville. He was preceded in death by great-grandfather Jackie Wanamaker and aunt Amanda Wanamaker.        

Mr. Austin was married Oct. 28, 2017 to Shea Ashlyn Pickett of Tracy City. In addition to his wife, mother and father, he is survived by son Ryver Austin of Tracy City, stepfather Brian Hobbs of McMinnville, maternal grandparents, Randy and Brenda Wanamaker of McMinnville, Charles & Brenda Krickel of Viola, and Powell and Tula Mae Dykes of McMinnville, paternal grandparents, Robert Austin of Sparta, and Diane Austin and Glen Nelson of Mt. Juliet, maternal great-grandmother, Isabel Wanamaker of McMinnville, sisters and brother-in-law, Alexa and Brian Speer of Mt. Juliet, and Layla Beth Hobbs of White County, nephew, Liam Smith of Mt. Juliet, and niece, Ainsley Speer of Mt. Juliet.    

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at People of the Living God Church with Al King officiating. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. Burial will follow at Homeland Acres Cemetery in Grundy County with military honors administered by American Legion Post 173 Honor Guard.  There will be no visitation or service at High’s. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Aug. 28, 2020