Grace Penegar Austin

April 26, 1913August 13, 2013
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Mrs. Austin, 100, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born on April 26, 1913 in Union County, NC and was the daughter of the late Henry Oscar Penegar and Lula Ann Carpenter Penegar. She was one of 13 children in which there were 4 sets of twins. Mrs. Austin’s mother died early in her life and, along with her Dad was raised by a wonderful Step-Mother, Sudie Keziah Penegar. She attended Union County schools.

Grace was married to the late Marvin Austin. They owned and operated Roney’s Grill in downtown Charlotte. Prior to that she worked at the East Mecklenburg High School cafeteria. She loved flower gardening and was a fabulous cook. She particularly loved to help her grandson Andy with gardening ideas as well as cook pies and cakes for him.

Mrs. Austin was a long time member of Tabernacle Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church as well as its successor churches, Craig Avenue Tabernacle and King’s Cross Presbyterian Church. She was as member of Circle #1.

She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, Mother-in-Law, Sister, Aunt and Friend. She deeply loved her family, and when you met her, it had a lasting impact. She enjoyed the simple things in life, including watching the birds through her window as her health declined.

Survivors include daughters Peggy Rowe (husband John) and Betty Threatt, and grandson Andy Rowe (girlfriend Claire), all of Charlotte. Also surviving her are numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces. In addition to her parents and step mother, the 12 siblings that predecease her are as follows: brothers: Bunyan, Jesse, Paul, Luther, Howard, Watt, Wade, and Frank. sisters: Mary Rape, Lessie Aycoth, Frances McCorkle, and Gladys (Grace’s twin). Also predeceasing her was son-in-law, Bobby Threatt.

She had two special caregiver friends that she took as family: Paul Goad and Benny Fesperman. Another great phone buddy was Mrs. Janet Dawson.

The funeral service will be 2:00 pm, Friday August 16, 2013 at King’s Cross Presbyterian Church with Pastors Dr. John E. Hill and the Reverend Bob Owens officiating. Visitation will be from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday August 15, 2013 at Wilson Funeral and Cremation Service, 5301 Albemarle Rd., Charlotte, NC.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Novant Hospice & Palliative Care, PO Box 33529, Charlotte, 28233 or King’s Cross Presbyterian Church, 3936 Craig Ave., Charlotte, NC 28211.

The family would like to thank Dr. James Boyd for many years of quality, faithful and compassionate care.

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  • Funeral Service Friday, August 16, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Terry Elder

August 21, 2013

Peggy, John, Andy, Betty, and Mae, My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time. Grace was such a nice lady and will certainly be missed. She was one of the few who are lucky enough to experience 100 years of life. What a blessing for you all!

American Heart Association

August 16, 2013

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

LeNeal Love

August 16, 2013

our condolences to your family, my dad would speak of Mr. Marvin and Ms. Grace often he would take me when i was a child up to Roneys in Charlotte , I still live in Mineral Springs at My mom and dads home place where we were raised, My Grandpa was Mr. Marvins Cousins , God BLess all of you what a honor to have your mom with you for all those wonderful years my mom and dad are both in their heavenly home now, wonderful homecoming for your dear sweet loved one, LeNeal Austin Love

Janet Dawson

August 15, 2013

Peggy and Betty, You know I loved your beautiful Mom. She was a dear, dear friend to me!!! We were faithful phone buddies!!! We had wonderful conversations..

Mary Reinfrank

August 15, 2013

sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother .

Claudia Moore

August 15, 2013

"Aunt Grace" was a sweet,caring and wonderful influence in my life, as a young child. I will always hold very fond memories in my heart of this special lady.

August 15, 2013

To Betty and Peggy You have my sincere sympathy and I dearly loved your Mom, I know she will be missed by
everyone....Love you, Bonnie