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June Austin Hebler

June Austin Hebler passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020, at Avé Maria Home in Memphis, Tenn. She was 81. She joined her lifelong partner, John Hebler, on their 62nd wedding Anniversary. Born in Vicksburg, and a resident of Oakland, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Harry Smith Austin and the late Mildred White Austin both of Vicksburg.

Mrs. Hebler grew up attending the First Baptist Church in Vicksburg where she was a lifelong member. She also was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church with her husband, the late John Hebler, after becoming a Catholic when they started their family.

She was a graduate of Carr Central High School and attended All Saints Episcopal School both of Vicksburg. She also attended Hinds Community College where she was a member of the “Highstepper” Dance team.

Mrs. Hebler was a retired Civilian Contract Specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Vicksburg Division. She was a member of the Green Hills Garden Club of Vicksburg and spent much of her time volunteering giving tours of the old antebellum homes in town.

Upon retiring, the Heblers moved to Oakland, Tenn. to be with family and to be near their grandsons and their great-grandchildren. They spent their days attending family dinners, watching their oldest grandson coach, and watching the golfers and birds from their back porch.

Mrs. Hebler is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years John Edward Hebler (1/4/2020), and her brother, Harry Richardson (Ricky) Austin.

She is survived by two daughters, Karen Hebler McCrary (Conrad) of Rossville, Tenn., and Kathy Hebler Higgason (Michael) of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; four grandsons, John Conrad McCrary (Meghan) of Piperton, Tenn., Jacob Austin McCrary of Memphis, Tenn., Paden Tanner Higgason of Memphis, Tenn. and Dr. Lorenzo Olive, United States Navy of San Diego; two great-grandchildren, Ann Elizabeth McCrary and Conrad Austin (Mac) McCrary, both of Piperton, Tenn.; one sister in law, Marianne Austin Windham (Jon) of Vicksburg; one niece, Andrea Austin Mathis (Scott) of Vicksburg; three great-nieces, Addison Claire Mathis, Sydney Austin Mathis and Cameron Lane Mathis all of Vicksburg, and numerous extended loving family members.

We will celebrate our precious mom’s life with a memorial on Saturday, July 25 at 1 p.m. at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home, 5000 Indiana Ave., Vicksburg. Visitation immediately prior to service at noon.

In lieu of flowers, our family is requesting that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (St.jude.org).