Austin, Darrell Ray

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Darrell Ray Austin, 51 of Pilot VA passed on from this life on Sunday February 26, 2023, in his home surrounded by close family and friends. Darrell’s love for the outdoors inspired him to be close to nature at his home in Pilot VA.

He had many passions including gardening, restoring vintage cars and music. He especially loved “jamming” with his son Eric and many close friends including longtime friend Gerald Meade. Darrell’s’ vivacious and lively personality attracted many close friends that would describe him as the life of the party. Darrell was known for his outrageous stories and extreme work ethic. He was a dedicated employee of Corning Inc. for 20+ years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eddie Austin; grandmothers, Lela Poff and Margie Austin. He is survived by his mother, Charlotte Austin; brother, Kevin and Martha Austin; former spouse, Mary Austin; and their children, daughter, Kayla Austin and partner Brian Kuhener, son, Eric Austin; step-daughter, Courtney Gray Johnston and Nicolas Johnston; and grandchildren, Kaelyn and Oliver.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Darrell’s beloved friend Pam Love and the caregivers of Good Samaritan.

The world isn’t the same without this hardworking and fun loving man but he will live on through those he inspired and loved.

The family will receive guests for a memorial service on Saturday March 4, 2023 at 5 p.m. in the Horne Funeral Home Chapel.