Mr. Johnny Austin South, age 81, of Vilas, the Beaver Dam community, passed away Sunday afternoon, January 26, 2020 in Black Mountain. Born April 5, 1938 in Watauga County, he was a son of the late Luther and Eunice Houck South. John was a member of Charity Baptist Church and was a farmer.
He is survived by two daughters, Betty Miller and husband Larry of Fleetwood, and Kathy Lockhart of Lenoir, one son, Jimmy South and wife Brenda of Vilas, one sister, Shirley Matheson of Vilas, his grandchildren, Kayla Smith and husband Brian, Tina Greene and husband L. J., Jamie Davis and husband Nathan, Martha South, Jacob Lockhart and wife Morgan, and Benji Lockhart, great grandchildren, Blaine & Bella Smith, Ethan Davis, Addison Greene, Callie Greene, James Greene and Michael.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Gladys Rominger South, three sisters, June Johnson, Courtney Ives and Ruby Johnson and one brother, Steve South.
Funeral services for Mr. John South will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, January 29, 2019 at 2:30 PM at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. J. C. Greene. Burial will follow in the Forest Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday afternoon prior to the service from 2 o'clock until 2:30.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Watauga Humane Society, PO Box 1835, Boone, NC 28607. Online condolences may be shared with the South family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home& Crematory is serving the South family.