He was born to John Henry Astin and Ruby McKeever Astin on April 12, 1931.
Mr. Astin grew up in the Lake Creek community and was the last of 15 children.
Mr. Astin served his country with honor in the Army in Korea from 1951-1953 and drove Ammunition and Artillery trucks. He was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal. Astin picked cotton in his childhood years and then worked a total of 30 years at old Rome Manufacturing Plant, The Wooling Mill in Cedartown and Nopco Chemical.
Mr. Astin finished his work career at Nopco’s successor Diamond Shamrock/ Henkel Industries. He retired with lung injuries in 1987.
After retirement and limited recovery from illness, Mr. Astin worked for Casey’s Food Store part time.
Mr. Astin was a long time member of the Shiloh Baptist Church where he was an usher. In his childhood, he was a member of the Lake Creek Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Lewis Astin, Guy Astin, Hugh Astin, Boyd Astin, Frank Astin, Jewell Lane, Howard McKeever, Alvie Astin, Alice Astin, Charlie Astin, Elizabeth Sutton, Henry Astin, Faye Cockrum and Kay Shiflet.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Beck Astin; sons, James Steven Astin and wife Teresa of Silver Creek, Robin Beck Astin and wife Jacqueline of Cedartown and Darryl Todd Astin of Cedartown. Several grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
A celebration of Mr. Astins life took place on Monday Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Lester Litesey Funeral home with Rev. Robert Wright and Rev. Billy Vines officiating. Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearer were: grandson, Shawn Beck Astin, nephew, David McCurry and special family friend David McKibben, Carlos Kelly, Ricky Harbin and Terry Albert. Honorary pallbearers were Mr. Astin’s youngest grandchildren Alex and Alden Astin.
Condolences can be made to the family at www.liteseyfh.com
The Lester Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.