Austin Steel Penley, 22 of Morganton passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2022.

Austin was born on April 25, 2000 in Burke County to Jerry Wade Penley, Jr. and Amy Wyatt.

He is preceded in death by his great grandparents, Frank and Ruby Smith, grandfathers, Junior Smith and Jerry Wade Penley, Sr.; and grandmother, Melodie Bachelder.

Those left to cherish his memory are his parents, Jerry Wade Penley, Jr. and Tamara Nicole Penley; brother, Jessie Penley; half-sister, Tiffany; biological mother, Amy Wyatt; and numerous other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

An online guestbook and obituary is available at

Mackie Funeral Service and Cremations is assisting the family.