Austin Taylor Smith

Austin Taylor Smith

Austin Taylor Smith
August 20, 1993 – July 26, 2023

STEM – Austin Taylor Smith, 29, made his heavenly ascension on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. He was born August 20, 1993, in Wake County to Dwight and Melody Smith. Austin worked as a Firefighter First Class with the Wake Forest Fire Department. To use the words of his fellow firefighters, Austin had a one-of-a-kind personality and a great work ethic, giving it one hundred percent and then some in everything that he did. His dedication was motivating and inspirational; touching the lives of so many in his time, he leaves that remarkable legacy to all those who had the opportunity to be impacted by the actions of this great man.

Austin is survived by his wife of three years, Lizzie Muller; his parents, Dwight and Melody Smith; his sister, Amber Smith; his paternal grandmother, Doris McDaniel; his maternal grandmother, Jane Saville; his father and mother-in-law, Robert and Rachel Muller; his sister-in-law, Rebecca Muller and fiancé, Anthony Ramicone and many beloved aunts, uncles and extended family members.

A Celebration of Austin’s Life will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, July 31, 2023, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 7600 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,

Arrangements are entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.


  • Christopher Witty Posted July 29, 2023 7:08 pm

    He was a good friend and he was like a brother to me

  • Brian Mize Posted July 31, 2023 12:23 pm

    Any father would have been glad to have Austin as their son , great young man with great parents , our hearts go out to all of you.

  • Annette Luffman Johnson Posted July 31, 2023 6:45 pm

    I am very sorry for the loss of your family member. I’d like to say THANK YOU to him for his Service in our Community! May he RIP.

  • Georganne Posted August 2, 2023 9:50 am

    To Melody, Dwight and Amber,
    I have no words that will make things better for any of you during this difficult time. Losing your first born, only son and big brother so unexpectedly puts us all in a state of disbelief. Life is not supposed to be this way – parents are not supposed to see their children pass on before they do. Be grateful Austin did not suffer for long and he was able to enjoy life up until almost the very end. Your family’s life is forever changed but think of all the wonderful family memories you have of Austin and what joy he brought to your family but also to the lives of others. How ironic that as a firefighter he saved the lives of people daily but doctors could not save him. My thoughts and prayers are with you in the months to come won’t be easy but Austin would want you to carry on with life. Each day of life is a precious gift that we should not take for granted. Austin left us way to soon but he would want you to share 29 years of memories and stories with others to help keep his memory alive and in your heart. Much love and hugs to you Melody and family as you say goodbye to Austin today……
    Georganne Pickard
    Atlantic Beach, NC

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