The Bee (Danville, Virginia) 25 March 1930
C. B. Austin Milton Mayor Passes Away
Succumbs at Hospital Following Three-Day Illness Here
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Claudius Byron Austin a prominent citizen of Milton, N. C. died last night at Memorial hospital, after an illness of only three days.
Mr. Austin was born in Pittsylvania county near Callands February 14, 1883, the son of L. B. and Abagail Slaydon Austin. He was reared at Axton, Henry county, Virginia.
Twenty two years ago he went to Milton, N.C. to make it his home, first as auditor for the Southern railway, later taking position as general manager of the station there.
On June 7, 1911, he was united in marriage with Annie Sarah Dixon of Milton.
Mr. Austin was interested in all that meant for the uplift, socially, civically and religiously, serving as steward in the M. E. church, superintendent of the Sunday school, and recording secretary of the quarterly conference. He was a member of the school board and effective in all the interests of the public schools. He was influential in having the telephone in Milton, being secretary of the company after it was formed. For many years, he was mayor of the town, and in all maters showed himself public spirited.
He is survived by his father, L. B. Austin, of Lynchburg, and the following sisters: Mrs. W. M. Thomas, Axton, Mrs. Leona M. Bullington, Danville, Mrs. G. W. Smith, Richmond, Mrs. W. A. Woodfin and Miss Jennie S. Austin, Lynchburg, and Miss Mary Ruth Austin, White Plains, N.Y.
Funeral rites will be conducted from the residence of Mrs. R. L. Dixon Wednesday morning ten o’clock, after which the body will be taken to Lynchburg for burial in the Springhill cemetery.
The Junior Order of Milton, of which he was a member, will participate in the funeral services.