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A celebration of life will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg, Virginia 24502.

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Dennis Jeffrey Austin, 64 of Evington is celebrating on the streets of gold as of January 9, 2021. He was the devoted love of Pat Whitehouse for nearly 45 years.

Dennis was born in Lynchburg, Virginia on June 24, 1956. He was the son of Curtis Austin and the late Margaret Austin, along with his step-mother Connie Austin.

In addition to his Dad, he is survived by nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and extended family, niece Crystal Austin and great nephew Dakota. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Austin. Dennis was a member of Tree of Life Ministry.

He worked for Areva/Framatome for 29 years and his job title was NDE Mechanical Technician IV.

If you wanted to see the lights come on in his face, you only needed to start the conversation of hot rods, classic cars, anything antique in need of love and care for restoration, and he was on! He loved the little great nieces and nephews and was all about reading stories aloud, coloring with them, playing cars and trucks, or whatever they had of interest and wanted to share with him. His next love was fur babies, no matter the kind. He was a gentle, kindred soul, always there and ready for an adventure.

His Sweetheart, as he called her, will forever miss and love him. It did not take a piece of paper to be married in heart. Dennis and Pat loved one another until his last breath as they shared that time alone, with God, until the very end.

A celebration of life will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg, Virginia 24502. Pastor Mike Dodson from Tree of Life Ministry will be officiating the service. A graveside service will follow the celebration, with an array of street rods and antique vehicles escorting. Dennis will smile from Heaven as his beautiful black 34 Plymouth will lead the pack!

In lieu of flowers, please consider making memorial contributions to the Campbell County Humane Society.

The celebration will be live streamed for anyone to attend as Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg is assisting the family and friends in this challenging time. For access to the live stream, please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Posted by:
Rachel Doss-Czekaj

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January 16, 2021

Dennis was a work colleague and such a fine person. I still remember my first time meeting Dennis - we were complete strangers but sat in the containment building talking to each other for hours. He was such a friendly person and full of life. After that night, every time I would work with him or just bump into him, I found his cheer and enthusiasm to be contagious. Dennis was a great person and will be missed. Condolences to his family.

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David Latimer

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January 14, 2021

I've only known Dennis for the relatively few years I've worked at Framatome, but we shared a passion for fast cars and hot rods. Every time I'd see him, it was always a fun and interesting conversation, and he was one of the nicest guys I know. You'll be missed down here, and my thoughts and prayers are with your family and many friends.

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Teresa McGehee

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January 13, 2021

Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of one of the nicest people I've ever met. Dennis will be missed by so many!

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Patricia Mulholland

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January 13, 2021

It saddens me to hear of the passing of Dennis. I have been friends with Dennis for years. We met in school. He was always so kind and fun to be around. Recently I had a nice conversation on the phone with Dennis. We laughed and talked as usual. Dennis was truly one of a kind. A fine Christian man. I will miss him. May God comfort his family at this difficult time. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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catherine CORNAND

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January 13, 2021

On behalf of all Framatome and IB teams, my deepest sympathy and respect goes to Dennis total investment in a job done with passion. Dennis, we will miss you and we will go on in your name. Rest in peace.

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Cindy Mason

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January 13, 2021

Dennis l don't know where to begin. We were friends for over 40 yrs. You never met a stranger. You were one of the sweetest people I've ever had the pleasure to have in my life. You will be so missed my so many people. Fly high darlin! Pat you will always be his one true love! ❣

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Kathy Thornton

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January 13, 2021

Go rest high on that mountain, DJ!

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Chris Overfelt

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January 13, 2021

You will be missed my friend. To the family I'm so sorry for passing of such a great man.

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Doug Parker

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January 13, 2021

I met Dennis many years ago, we were both in our early 20's. Never forget all the softball games we played together. What a great guy and awesome ball player with a cannon throwing arm. Rest in peace my friend, see you on the other side.

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David

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January 13, 2021

Thanks for your kindness and let us borrow your car for our wedding almost 10 years ago. Your kindness, among many other attributes, will be missed. So grateful for these memories and pictures you allowed to happen.

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David

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January 13, 2021

Thanks for your kindness and let us borrow your car for our wedding almost 10 years ago. Your kindness, among many other attributes, will be missed. So grateful for these memories and pictures you allowed to happen.

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Jodie Davis

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January 13, 2021

As I worked at my home office desk this morning, I heard the unmistakable sound of my neighbors '34 Plymouth Hot Rod starting up. Tears immediately rolled down my cheeks as I realized it was being taken to be a part of his funeral today. Dennis Austin has been my neighbor for approx 25 years and passed from Covid complications last week. RIP my good friend. I know there is at least one Hot Rod on those streets of gold now.

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Mike Jefferson

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January 13, 2021

Dennis and I go back to high school days working at B&D Market together along with his Brother Gary . I have very great and fond memories of that. I have worked with Dennis since he was hired into Framatome sometimes side by side. You couldn't ask for a nicer guy and a friend. He was a true Gentleman I will surely Miss him. Prayers with his family now in this time of sorrow.

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Raymond Mayberry jr

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January 13, 2021

We where classmates all the way threw school you where a great friend.The last time we talked you where telling me about your new toy our34 Plymouth you told me and the family to come down to your house to see all of your toys .Well I never made it down there I wish I would have .You will be deeply missed by everyone.

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Schyler Sitton

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January 12, 2021

Hi my name is Schyler, I’m a waitress at Choice Hibachi Buffet. I got the pleasure to serve Denis and his good friend Clyde every Sunday morning for a while. The two together were a trip I will tell you. Denis was a genuine customer. He never failed to ask how my school was. Him and Clyde would listen as I droned on about how much I hated math and from there tell me stories about his work. I was so shocked to hear of his passing. As I am dealing with Covid-19 myself. I pray this year gets better with time and understanding just like Denis would have wanted. Prayers to his family, he brought light to my Sunday mornings.

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Ty Huband

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January 12, 2021

Dennis and I were coworkers that crossed paths on the road or in the office from time to time. He knew me by name long before I knew his. Each time he saw me he would call me by name to say hello and have a conversation. The last time we were together we had a log conversation about a car he was thinking of looking at on his travel home. My prayers are with the family and loved ones as you celebrate and remember one awesome guy!

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Mike Hammock

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January 12, 2021

Dennis, you and I constantly joked about the road going to your house and mine runs both ways! Wish in one hand and you know the rest. Going to miss you ol Buddy, but I know you are in a much better place and we will see each other again. Thinking about you and your family.

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Jeff Fleck

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January 12, 2021

Dennis was a special person and he had a positive impact on everyone he met. I worked with him many times over the years, played more than a few softball games, and talked alot about hot rods. We can all be thankful we had the opportunity to know him at some point and enjoy his company, his jovial manner and his dedication to being a good human. Godspeed Dennis.

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Mike Webster

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January 12, 2021

Dennis, you will be missed. you were an awesome co-worker and I enjoyed your company. Enjoy your hot rods in heaven buddy. I still cant believe you are gone. Knowing you are in a better place makes it easier.

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Faye Madonia

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January 12, 2021

Please accept my heartfelt Sympathy to his family and friends during this difficult time. What an all-around, fantastic guy in our AREVA/Framatome family. It was always such a pleasure to laugh and talk with Dennis, who touched so many lives with his amazing smile and personality. May God give you strength and ease the pain as you go through such a loss.

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Employees from Kelley\'s Market

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January 12, 2021

We are going to miss you so much as we saw you almost everyday. Going to miss making you omelets, Kelley Burgers and that coffee with a little bit of ice! Loved seeing the cars you drove to the store or either showing us pictures of, they were so awesome. You were one fine friendly person . Rest in peace our friend you will always be remembered. Patrick,,Payal, Krystle,Jo Ann, Lisa, Laytoya,, Rachel and Angela and a lot of our customers so enjoyed your presence.

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Stuart Porter

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January 12, 2021

Saddened to hear the news on Dennis. Knew him vaguely in school but really enjoyed being on reunion committee with him. He was a smart guy and very , very likeable. He was a tremendous asset to the group. I will miss him.

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Susan Krantz

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January 12, 2021

Dennis lived in the first house I had built, down from my parents. When he built his garage that was larger than the house - I thought Oh My Word! Several months ago, he stopped by my house while we were doing a yard sale and I told him "Dennis I just have to say this - My garage is bigger than your garage". Although it may not be, I just wanted to see that chuckle from him as I said that. A wonderful, kind soul has left us too soon. Pat, Crystal, Dakota (who he always spoke of) and all of his community of friends, I shed a tear with you in knowing how much his presence will be missed. Dennis - thank you, thank you for being such a friend to my brother and how you two could "rib" at each other, thank you for mentoring and praising Eric in the mine man he has grown to be, thank you for working with Cory in beginning his career and just thank you for being you! One of a kind! Until we meet again - You will not be forgotten! I will miss your horn as you would pass by my house heading to Gladys and running into you and you pulling out your phone to show the next LOUD toy you were getting...…. Rest in peace my friend.

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Terry Toms

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January 12, 2021

Dennis had become an amazing friend to me, we were both completely nuts about our two favorite things, hot rods and fur babies as he liked to call them, very seldom did he stop for a visit without bringing both my little girls treats, then the next call wanting to know “have they had their treats yet” lol. I thank God for crossing our paths, I just wish it had happened sooner, our time was cut way too short. Condolences to Pat, family and friends.

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Barbara Campbell

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January 12, 2021

Dennis was a wonderful person, willing to help wherever needed. He will be surely missed. Prayers and condolences to his family. Rest in peace

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Barbara Campbell

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January 12, 2021

My prayers and sympathy are with the family. Dennis was a wonderful person, who was always willing to lend a helping hand, wherever and whenever. He will be surely missed. Rest in peace!

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Tim Webb

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January 12, 2021

I will miss Dennis very much. We work together as well as talked a lot about Hot Rods and his passion for the hobby. He was a joy to talk to and very loving person. Loved having conversations regarding his Faith in Christ and where he was in his relationship with Him. Dennis seemed like he knew everyone and being like he was I would expect him to. Very likable, humorous and loving. Who wouldn't want to hang around Dennis. I will miss him very much.

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Karl Schlifke

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January 12, 2021

We met Dennis professionally 10 years ago and he welcomed us with kindness and warmth at a time when he didn't really have to. After that he became a close colleague, a mentor, a most of all a good friend. His knowledge, kind voice, warm smile, and graciousness every time we worked together made us a better team and better people. We're all better people for having known Dennis which to me is an amazing testament to his life and his spirit. Rest In Peace Dennis, we will miss you.

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Mike Carson

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January 12, 2021

Dennis will be greatly missed. I have known Dennis for many years thru work and we played softball together. He was one who enjoyed life. I enjoyed joking around with Dennis when I saw him. God bless and rest in peace my friend. you will be missed.

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Donny Blackwell

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January 12, 2021

My prayers and condolences to Pat and his family. Dennis will be greatly missed by everyone that he had contact with. He was a very kind and gentle man that loved his people, his cars/toys and his fur friends. Dennis may God bless you and may you rest in peace sir.

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David Foust

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January 12, 2021

Dennis was always great to be around. Whether it was work, or pleasure, Dennis was always a welcomed soul to have by your side. He was gracious enough to let me borrow his red Ford hotrod to use at our wedding. Everyone loved that car, and it was great telling people about the great man that owned it and his love of cars. He always had a new picture of some car to show me when I would wander by his desk. I will truly miss Dennis, and I will always be so appreciative of his generosity. His booming voice and smile leaves a great void here at our office, but the memories and stories will bring a smile to our faces forever. Rest in Peace good man, you left a great legacy here.

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Gail Powers

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January 11, 2021

My heart and prayers goes out to his family at this time. I worked with Dennis for many years seeing him as he returned from site. He was so kind and thoughtful. He always had a smile on his face. I'll never forget the time he cut his hand at work ( I was on the first aid team) and I was one of the first responders there. His hand was bleeding, and my hands were shakey trying to stop the bleed. He looked at me and laughed saying, "Gail, take a breath it's gonna be Ok." He teased me about that many years thereafter. He will be missed so very much. GOD definitely welcomed him with open arms.

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Phillip & Dawn Hypes

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January 11, 2021

Dennis was a great family friend, more like family! He would stop by or call and we would talk or discuss plans for his new toys as he called them. Occasionally he would ask me or my sons to come help him around his shop to work on things. We will miss him greatly, wonderful friend. Prayers for Pat & his family. Cruising the streets in Heaven on some cool hot Rod I’m sure. Miss you Buddy! Love from the Hypes crew

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Barry McLane

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January 11, 2021

Dennis and I were classmates through school and played on the E.C. Glass JV Baseball Team together. We also served together on the Dunbar/E.C. Glass 45th Reunion committee. What a guy! Fun loving, sincere, humble, dedicated and hardworking. The good thing is that Dennis will always have a place in my heart and mind. Dennis will make a top notch Angel! Dennis be missed by everyone he touched. Prayers being lifted for the family at this difficult time.

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Jana Terrell

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January 11, 2021

Dennis and I were friends in high school, and kept in touch by working on the past two class reunions. We were looking forward to the next. Such a fun guy! We always teased each other, just like a brother and sister. My heart and prayers go out to all of Dennis’ family and friends. He will truly be missed. Heaven has received one of the good guys.

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Anonymous

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January 11, 2021

you will be missed May you rest in Peace

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Russ and Dee Smith

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January 11, 2021

We will miss you so much Dennis. Our family won't be the same without you at all of the get togethers. You were one of our 13. Love you so much brother. Rest in Peace.

 

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