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He was born on Nov. 10, 1946, in Mecklenburg County, son of Horace Warren Auten and Freida Gasque Auten. He graduated from North Mecklenburg High School and attended the Universtiy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating from Guilford College. He retired from the N.C. Department of Justice as a criminal justice training coordinator for the N.C. Justice Academy.
His distinguished career in criminal justice included being past president of the Southern Criminal Justice Assoc. A nationally-recognized expert of domestic and foreign terrorism, he was an advisor to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and taught at numerous colleges and universities.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lisa Porterfield Auten; son, Charles Auten; daughter, Susan Auten; grandson, Taliesen Auten; sisters, Anne Gillispie, Mary Elise Webb (William) and Shirley Keistler; father and mother-in-law, Charles and Joan Porterfield; and a sister-in-law, Lynn Dugan (Paul).
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and brothers-in-law: Jean McClure, William Lee Auten, John McClure, Donald Torrence, Joseph Keistler and Robert Gillispie.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Huntersville Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will follow at the Huntersville Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Huntersville Presbyterian, P.O. Box 313, Huntersville, NC 28070.
Raymer Funeral Home, Huntersville, is serving the family.
Social Security Death Record
Name: Joseph L. Auten
Last Residence: 28746 Lake Lure, Rutherford County, North Carolina
Born: 10 Nov 1946
Died: May 2009
State (Year) SSN issued: North Carolina (1962)