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Austin, Blanche Elizabeth (Woolsey)

Died.--On Wednesday morning of the second inst, at her late residence near county line church Mrs. Blach[sic] Austin, in her fifty-sixth year. Her remains were interred in the family graveyard. Deceased was a loving wife and a devoted mother, and we sympathies deeply with the bereaved family. [Place of interment Austin Cemetery, Lavaca County]

Weimar Gimlet, September 3, 1885

Oakland Notes

We are sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Blanche E. Austin, sister of Captain J. M. Woolsey, which occurred at her late residence in Lavaca county at five minutes past 9 o’clock Tuesday, 1st inst. aged 56 years, 10 months and 5 days. Blanche Elizabeth Woolsey was born in Monroe county, Ga., October 27, 1828, came to Texas in March, 1845; was married to Wm. Aussin[sic] December 23, 1845, whom she survived 8 years and 11 months. She became a member of the Baptist Church in 1846, and remained in full communion till her death. She bore her heavy affliction with Christian fortitude. She was a lady of many kindly and amiable qualities of head and heart, and leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her demise. OAKLAND

Colorado Citizen, September 3, 1885

Austin, Charles Lee “Chico”


Charles "Chico" Lee Austin, 66, of Columbus, passed away Sunday, April 10.

He was born May 18, 1938 in Waco and was a student at Booker T. High in San Antonio. He married OraLee McMillian and had three children. He worked in San Antonio and moved to Weimar and worked at MG. He later moved to Columbus and joined the New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, High Brown Austin; brother, Joe Louis Austin; and grandson, Charles Lee Austin.

He is survived by his wife, Ora Lee Austin McMillian; daughters, Sheila Austin, Tanya Austin and Dirk, of Columbus and Michelle and Clarance Kuykendall, of Eagle Lake; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Reginald Austin, TaWanna Austin, Kenneth Simmons, Dominique Simmons, Mitchell Austin, Anthony Stovall, Keiev Thompson, Joshua Charles Austin and AriAnna Austin; and many relatives and friends.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Ben Davis Funeral Home Chapel in Columbus with the Rev. Ray Coleman officiating. Interment followed at the Good Hop[Hope] Cemetery in Weimar.

Colorado County Citizen, April 20, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Austin, Charles William Tate

Weimar Local Matters

News was received here a few days ago of the death of Charles Austin. He died the 16th, near Sweet Home, Lavaca county. Just one month before he was happily married to Miss Ella Black, daughter of Mrs. J. Black, near this place. The ways of providence are past finding out. We drop a tear of sympathy for the bereaved young widow thus so early in life deprived of her companion. [Interred in Austin Cemetery, Lavaca County]

Colorado Citizen, January 24, 1889
Submitted by Deborah Smith


Died, at the home of his brother-in-law, Mr. Pat Muckleroy, near Sweet Home, Lavaca county, on the 16th instant, Mr. Chas. Austin. The death of Mr. Austin was a shock to this community--so sudden and unexpected. He had lived here all his life, and his family, relatives and friends were greatly distressed at his demise. What can we say of the heartbroken wife? Just one month a bride and then a widow! God pity her in her great affliction and distress. Such a sad burial by moon and torchlight, the corpse not arriving at the grave until dark.

Weimar Mercury, January 24, 1889

Austin, D. Cordell


Funeral services for D. Cordell Austin, age 71, of Portland, were held Friday, July 12, from Dulany; Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Charles Runk, pastor, of Eagle Lake United Methodist Church officiating. She[sic] passed away July 10 at 3:20 a.m. at the Corpus Christi Hospital in Corpus Christi.

Interment was held at Chesterville Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

D. Cordell Austin was born May 27, 1914 in Eagle Lake to Thomas and Ethel Magee Austin. He was a member of Oso Naval Lodge No. 1282 A. F. & A. M. and Corpus Christi Area Consistory of Scottish Rite Bodies. He married Lala Larsen Austin.

Preceded in death by his father in 1974, his mother recently in May 1985, and his wife in 1973.

Survivors include: daughters, Mrs. Russell L. "Grace" Sanders and Mrs. Damon "Jacqueline" Kirkpatrick both of Portland; sons, Warren K. Austin of Conroe and Thomas C. Austin of Corpus Christi; sisters, Pauline Clark and Anna Mae Brown both of Eagle Lake; 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, July 18, 1985

Austin, Ethel Odell (Magee)


Funeral services for Mrs. Ethel Odell Austin were held May 11 at Dulany Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Runk, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Eagle Lake officiating. Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Ethel Ode!! was born December 24, 1892 in Groveton to William Magee and Mary Caroline Bennett Magee. She married Tom Austin. She was a Eagle Lake resident almost 80 years and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Eagle Lake.

Survivors include, daughters, Mrs. G. M. "Pauline" Clark and Mrs. George "Anna Mae" Brown both of Eagle Lake; son, Cardell Austin of Corpus Christi; brothers: Dewey Magee of Beaumont, Don Magee of Vidor, and William Magee of Eagle Lake. She also has eight grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a lot of loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, who passed in 1974. Pallbearers: grandsons and great grandsons.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dulaney[sic] Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Coloado County Citizen, May 23, 1985

Austin, Ivan Charles “Charley”

I. C. Austin Rites Held Yesterday

Funeral services were held in Austin yesterday (Wednesday) for I. C. Austin, husband of the former Mildred Mayes, who died in an Austin hospital at 5 a.m. Tuesday. He had been in failing health for some time.

He is survived by his widow and a son, Bruce Kent, who just enrolled this month in San Marcos Academy.

The Austins had just moved their residence to Columbus, where Mrs. Austin is managing the Mayes hotel an teaching at Wharton Junior college.

Mr. Austin is a veteran of World War II.

Colorado County Citizen, September 19, 1963, page 10

Austin, Joe Wesley

Joe Wesley Austin Dies New Year's; Services Saturday

Funeral services were held Saturday morning for Joe Wesley Austin, 43, with Dr. Norman L. Roberts officiating at Columbus Funeral home. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mr. Austin was found dead at about 7 a.m New Year's Day by his mother, Mrs. J. J.Austin, with whom he lived. Mrs. Austin said she believed he must have fallen at an early hour.

Born in Post City Mar. 5, 1915, Mr. Austin had spent the greater part of his life in Columbus. He graduated from high school here in 1933, and was a veteran of World War II, having participated in the historic landing on Anzio Beach. He was a member of the American Legion, the VFW and the Baptist church.

Mr. Austin's father, a local barber, died here in May, 1953. Besides his mother, he is survived by another brother, John David Austin of Beaumont, and 2 sisters, Mrs. James Stout of Tucson, Ariz., and Mrs. Norbert Zatopek of Weimar, also nieces and nephews Harvey Zatopek of Tyler, Judith Zatopek of Weimar and Pamela, John David Jr., Diane and Kenneth Austin of Beaumont.

Pallbearers were Thurmond West, Leslie King, Charles Rau, Carl Gordy, Bennie Isgrig and Harry Barten.

Colorado County Citizen, January 8, 1959

Austin, Joseph Joshua

J. J. Austin, 66, Columbus Barber, Funeral Held

J. J. Austin,Columbus barber, who has been in bad health with cancer for many months, was laid to rest in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery here Sunday afernoon after funeral serices in the Columbus Funeral home. Mr. Austin died at his home here Saturday about 12:50 a.m. at the age of 66.

Rev. N. L. Roberts, pastor of the Columbus Baptist church, conducted the last rites for the Columbus businessman who owned the barber shop that bears his name.

Mr. Austin was born in Cuero. He had lived in Columbus since 1827and was a member of the Baptist church here and of the Masonic lodge.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Martha Austin; 2 daughters, Mrs. Norbert Zatopek of Weimar and Mrs. Sammie Lee Stout of Dallas; 2 sons, Joe Austin of Columbus and John Austin of Beaumont; 2 sisters, Mrs. Jewel Curry and Mrs. Hattie Orme of Port Arthur; and one brother, Gene Austin of Port Arthur.

Pallbearers were Dr. Thomas Youens, L. O. Smith, Leslie King, Rand Thrasher, T. H. Zatopek and Al Radke.

Columbus Funeral home was in charge.

Colorado County Citizen, May 28, 1953

Austin, Lillie Estelle (Barker)

Lillie Estelle Barker Austin

September 13,1899 - February 23,1993

Lillie Estelle Austin, age 93. a lifetime resident of this area, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 1993, at Avalon Place in Wharton. She was born in Weimar, September 13, 1899, to John and Agnes Miles Barker, one of five children. The family lived in Goldthwaite and Bay City before settling in Eagle Lake in 1919. She was married September 21, 1920, to Sam Austin, who died in 1967. She was the oldest member of First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake at her death. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother to her family. Mrs. Austin was preceded in death by her husband; parents; daughter, Carolyn Jeanette; two grandchildren, Kimberly and Avery; brothers Pervy and Clyde Barker; sister. Ruby Duve Mathis; and son-in-law. Jack Listowski. Her survivors include her daughters, Erline Listowski and Dorothy Austin of Eagle Lake; sons and daughters-in-law, Carl W. and Judy Austin, Kenneth and Gladys Austin, Larry and Carolyn Austin, all of Eagle Lake, and Gene and Joann Austin of Santa Barbara, Ca.; sister, Ethel Burdette of Norman, Ok; grandchildren, Kathy Jankowiak of Pearland, David Austin of Cat Spring, Gail Austin of Wharton, Aaron Austin of Calif., Peggy DeBolt and Patrice Roper of Houston, Denice Janow, Pam Hengst, Darrell and Duane Austin of Eagle Lake; 10 great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and loved ones. Funeral services were held Thursday, February 25, in the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake. Rev. David Mann, pastor of First Baptist Church, and Larry Bailey, Pastor of the United Methodist Church, officiated. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Wayne L Corman, Vic Corman, Jr., Pat Mascheck, Billy Stiles, Ross Obenhaus and Pete Canaris.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; March 4, 1993
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Austin, Martha Missouri (Reynolds)

Mrs. J. J. Austin Dies at 80, Funeral Tuesday

Last rites for Mrs. J. J. Austin, 80, were held Tuesday morning in Columbus Funeral home, Dr. Farrar Patterson of Columbus and Rev. William Jackson of Weimar officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mrs. Austin died Sunday in Columbus hospital, where she had been a patient for a month. She had formerly lived in Columbus Convalescent home.

Born July 1, 1888, in Old Fort Belknap, Young County, Texas, she was the youngest of 10 children of Joseph and Rebecca Jane Graham Reynolds. She was married in Cement, Okla, in 1912 to J. J. Austin and the family came to Columbus in 1927. Mr. Austin operated a barber shop until his death here in 1953. A son, Joe, died in 1959.

Mrs. Austin is survived by another son, John David, of New York City and 2 daughters, Mrs. James C. Stout of Columbus and Mrs. Norbert F. Zatopek of Weimar, 7 grandchildren, Pamela, David, Diane, Kenneth and Doris Jean Austin of New York City, Mrs. DennisToland of Houston and Harvey Lee Zatopek of Tyler, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Oliver Wegenhoft, Wm. Henry Harrison, Carl Gordy, Allen Reyer, Robert Kalmus and James Dunn Seymour.

Colorado County Citizen, July 20, 1967

Austin, Ruth A. (Harvey)


We learned with sincere regret that Ruth Austin, wife of Henry Austin, well known colored couple of this city, suffered another paralytic stroke Sunday and has since been in a comatose condition, with very little hope held out for her recovery. Ruth recently suffered a stroke while in the business part of town, en route to do the washing for a family in the west end of town. She recovered consciousness after the first stroke, but has been helpless and bed-ridden ever since.

Ruth is one of the best and most industrious colored women of this city, and her condition is deeply and sincerely regretted by both whites and blacks.

Subject of the foregoing item, after lying in a comatose state until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, passed away. She is survived by her husband and several children. The funeral will take place at the colored people's burying ground west of town this (Thursday) afternoon , after suitable services at her church here.

The writer of these lines feels that it is not amiss to say a few good words about Ruth Austin, who was employed in his family for the past seventeen years or more. Frail of body, but energetic to a fault, she was on hand week after week, weather permitting, always cheerful, never complaining, honest, working ofttimes to a degree that her fail body could hardly stand up under, faithful always, a good kindly soul, a devoted wife and mother, with a heart that was white no matter how dark her skin, we drop the tear of sympathy with her bereaved ones, knowing that they have lost one that was near and dear to them. May God's mercy rest upon her and them!

Weimar Mercury, February 11, 1938

Austin, William David

Eagle Lake Boy Dies After Crash Near Here Sunday

Cpl. W. B.[sic] Austin of Eagle Lake died in the Bell Hospital, Columbus, Monday of injuries received when his car collided early Sunday with a car occupied by two negroes on Highway 3, a half mile east of Vasek's store at Borden. Austin's head was crushed when helpers picked him up. Five others were injured.

Other occupants of Austin's car taken to the hospital at Columbus were J. L. Hammond of Houston, back injuries; Robert Leadnicky of Houston, broken leg; R. E. Leininger of Muskogee. Okla., lacerations on back and broken ribs.

The accident happened at about 2:30 Sunday morning. The soldiers were returning to their corps when they ran into the other car, which had turned out to avoid hitting an unlighted trailer stopped immediately in front of them. Two Houston negroes, Burrell Jackson and Bert Henson. also were injured.

Austin, a second-year volunteer, will be buried in Eagle Lake [Lakeside Cemetery] with a military funeral. Surviving are his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Tome E. Austin of Eagle Lake; two sisters. Mrs. J. M. Colburn and Mrs. J. M. Clark, and a brother. Corkdell Austin of Houston. Columbus Funeral Home ambulance took the injured and dead to Columbus.

Weimar Mercury, November 21, 1941, page 1
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