Charles Edwin Austin Sr.

June 27, 1934February 9, 2012

Charles Edwin Austin, Sr. died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at home after a long illness. He was born June 27, 1934 on Sand Mountain to the late Ned and Novella Austin. He served his country in the United States Army, was an avid horticulturalist, gardener, and enjoyed being involved in theater.

He was preceded in death by his sister Ruth Mary Alexander.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years Frances Austin; children, Stephen Austin and his wife Stephanie; Beth Austin all of Chattanooga; Charles Austin, Jr. and his wife Allison of Sumter, SC; brother Gene Austin and his wife Judy; sister Jane and her husband Joe Darden; brother-in-law Ted Alexander; three grandchildren, Benjamin, Jonathan and Abigail Austin; and stepson Max Gerskin and his wife Ashley.

Visitation will be held at the East Brainerd Chapel on Saturday February 11, 2012 from 4-7 p.m. There will be no service.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of Chattanooga.

Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Sara Patterson

February 12, 2012

Oh sweet Bethy. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I have so many happy memories of him (and all of you) from the farm, but I'll never, never forget the look on his face (and my dad's) when we got off that Greyhound bus after that long, harrowing trip from Tuscaloosa. They were a couple of happy pappys to see their baby girls! Please know how much I miss and love you. Let's try to get together soon, and please call if you just want to chat! Love, Sara

Corliss Lawler

February 10, 2012

I will always remember Charles' ability to be the devils advocate. He has been missed for a while and will continue to be remembered for the charming dry humored intelligence he shared.
I will be sending out thoughts of love and comfort for his family and friends.

February 10, 2012

Dear Fran, Lore and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. We remember the good times we had with you and Charles, and hope you will forgive us for letting our wonderful friendship "Drift Away" as it did over the last 2-3 years.
We sometimes let our own personal problems circumvent whats really important; The close relationships we have with others such as you and Charles. Please try to forgive us for that and feel free to call on us at any time and remember Fran,you will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Love,
Lore and Ed