Austin Blaine Gilliland obituary: Arlington HS Alumnus killed in cat accident in Memphis, TN

The Arlington High School community is in mourning as they remember the life of Austin Blaine Gilliland, a beloved alumnus hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. Austin tragically lost his life on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, in a devastating car accident that also left his younger brother, Ethan, injured. The news of Austin’s passing was confirmed on Thursday through a heartfelt post that has left the community deeply saddened.

The post reads, “Please keep our dearest friends, The Gilliland’s, Kenslie, and family in your deepest thoughts and prayers. They tragically lost their oldest, fun-loving son Austin in a horrendous auto accident yesterday afternoon, and their youngest son Ethan sustained serious injuries and is at Regional One Memphis.”

Memphis was Austin’s hometown, where he spent his formative years. He proudly received his high school diploma from Arlington High School in 2017. What set Austin apart and made him dearly loved was his innate kindness and boundless compassion. Friends and loved ones often describe him as someone who would go above and beyond to assist anyone in need. Austin’s compassionate nature was evident in his willingness to lend a listening ear, provide a comforting shoulder, or actively engage in community initiatives.

Austin’s commitment to helping others and his genuine concern for their well-being made him a true and trustworthy friend and confidant. His unwavering enthusiasm to make a positive difference in the lives of those around him defined his journey through life.

Brittany Sapp shared her grief on the death of Austin. She stated that:

Rest it easy man 💔 my heart goes out to his fiancé and his baby on the way. Life’s too short. Hug you loved ones a bit tighter. Austin Blaine Gilliland

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In honor of Austin Blaine Gilliland, a GoFundMe account was established on September 21, 2023, with the aim of collecting contributions to cover the costs of his memorial services and funeral expenses. As of the time of this article’s writing, the account has garnered a total of $5,330 from the generous contributions of 87 individuals, with the largest single donation amounting to $500. The initial fundraising goal for the account was set at $15,000, as the community comes together to support the Gilliland family during this difficult time.

The Arlington High School community and all those who knew Austin Blaine Gilliland are united in their grief, remembering a young man whose kindness, compassion, and determination left an indelible mark on their lives.

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