Obituaries for the Austin Family
Cleo Patric Austin
Cleo Patric Austin, 95, of South Charleston died Dec. 7, 2000, in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was a former employee of Valley Bell Dairy, Charleston, Ramsey's Restaurant, Charleston, and First Church of the Nazarene Day Care Center, Charleston. She attended Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Charleston. Surviving: sons, E.J. of South Charleston, Charles of Luling, La., Robert of Teays Valley, Rusty of Woodbridge, Va.; daughters, Betty Goins of Nitro, Barbara Allen of Lebanon, Tenn., Laura Jo Clark of Canal Fulton, Ohio, Norma Jean Stanley of Charlotte, N.C., Boots Lumus of Thornton, Colo., Carolyn Mobley of Massillon, Ohio; brother, Raymond Rankin of Kerrville, Texas; sister, Lillian Smith of Charleston; 38 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with the Rev. David E. Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Otella D. Austin
ATHENS - Wednesday night May 16, 2001, on the eve of her 80th birthday, Otella Davis Austin passed away, following three years of a devastating lung disease, and one month after the death of her son, Howard Austin. She went to a one-room school the first eight years of her education and then in the public schools, was double promoted twice, graduating at age 16 from Oakvale High School as class valedictorian. She had a passion for botany and knew more about the flora and fauna of Appalachia than most professors, but the college education she wanted so much was denied her. As a farm girl married to a bus mechanic who had been forced to drop out of junior high school when his father died, she would see to it that things would be different in her own family. Her children were the first on either side of the family to pursue a four-year college degree, much less attend graduate school. She was enormously proud that each of her children went to college. Her eldest son earned a master's in math from Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from M.I.T. Her second son earned two master's degrees and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in public administration/public affairs. Her third son graduated from Harvard Law School. One of her daughters graduated from Concord College and attended Washington & Lee School of Law, and her other daughter is studying foreign languages and pursuing a degree from Marshall University. Two nephews she regarded as sons received college degrees from National Business College, Milligan College and VPI and went on to significant positions in major companies. Mrs. Austin excelled at climbing into the mind of a child, and reveled in making each child feel completely loved and at the center of the universe. Her home always drew 10 to 15 kids daily, many of whom felt more at home with her than in the houses where they slept. She was the one they came to with their scrapes, or when their pets got hurt. She was the one they brought their report cards to when they made good grades, or when they needed help with bad grades. She gave birth to five children, but easily a hundred or more called her "mom" or "Mom Maw" and loved her dearly as such. She had the strongest will of any human around, and she passed that on to all her "family." Without her intense love and close guidance, not one of her children would have become a tenth of the person they are today. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Lowell Q. Austin; her mother, Grace Easter Davis; her father, Philip G. Davis; her sister, Roma Davis; her brothers, Ed Davis and Donald Adron Davis; her son, Howard A. Austin. She is survived by her sister, Vella Davis of Glen Lyn, Va.; her brother-in-law, William Austin (wife, Martha) of Hillsville, Va.; her children, Ellen Austin Friend of Princeton, Helen Austin Ryan of Lerona, Larry J. Austin of Alexandria, Va., and Raymond E. Austin of Louisville, Ky.; her special nephews, Curtis Davis (wife, Reba) of Whitsett, N.C., and Virgil Davis (wife, Betty) of Richmond, Va.; her daughters-in-law, Honor McClellan Austin, Linda Austin and Laura Austin; sons-in-law, Tom Friend and J.B. Ryan; granddaughters, Angie Ryan, Libby Cantrell (husband, Chris), Amy Jo Smith (husband, Jarrod), and Genny Davis; grandsons, Tim Ryan (wife, Carmen), Stephen Ryan (wife, Gwynne), Josh Davis, Nic Davis and Lowell Austin. Also surviving are her great-granddaughters, Christine Ryan, Cassie Lynn Cantrell and Kayleigh Ryan; and great-grandsons, Corey Cantrell, Beau Smith, Austin Smith, Caleb Cantrell and Kelly Ryan. She is also survived by three nieces, Roma Davis, Joyce Kwedor (daughter, Donna, son, David) and Frank Cherry (daughters, Carrie and Christine). For over 40 years, she was a highly active member of Melrose Presbyterian Church and deeply involved in many community activities. She will be sorely missed. A wake will be held at the Memorial Funeral Home in Princeton from 6 to 9 p.m. today. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Burns-Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory, Athens Road, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Austin Family Cemetery on Browns Ridge Road near Lerona. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, friends take a day to tutor a child or write a letter to a child. Arrangements by Memorial Funeral Directory, Princeton.
Linda E. Austin
RONCEVERTE - Linda E. Austin, 68, passed away Monday, July 2, 2001, at the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center. Born Aug. 17, 1932, at Ronceverte, she was the daughter of the late Linwood and Alpha Feury Ratliff. Mrs. Austin was a member of the Ronceverte Christian Church and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Austin; two brothers, James Ratliff and Walter Ratliff; and a grandson, Todd Morgan. Survivors include two daughters, Debra A. Grimmett and husband, David, of Rainelle, and Susan A. Morgan and husband, Steve, of Ronceverte; four sons, Danny L. Austin of Fairlea, David M. Austin and wife, Missy, of Ronceverte, Dennis E. Austin and wife, Cheryl, of Ronceverte, and Darryl W. Austin and wife, Mealnie, of Ronceverte; a sister, Mable Horne and husband, Jay, of Mt. Home, Ark.; eight grandchildren, Nathan Arbaugh, Darin Austin, Tony Morgan, Brianna Austin, Jaried Austin, Alec Austin, Abby Grimmett, and Michael Jones; three great-grandchildren; and companion and friend, Samuel Hamrick. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte, with the Rev. Julian Grubb officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.
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