Austin Lee McKenzie
August 17, 1928 – August 8, 2018
Austin Lee Mckenzie, 88, of Hurst, Texas was born to the late Sidney Lestor and Artie Cornelia McKenzie on August 17, 1927 in Don’ Colony, Texas. He passed away very quietly on August 8, 2018. He will be laid to rest next to his wife, MaryElizabeth, and his son, Danny, on August 10, 2018. Austin grew up in his hometown of Tennessee Colony and graduated from Palestine High School. He met his “prettiest girl in the world”, Mary, while both working for Bell Telephone in Carthage. They were married in 1952 and began a life together in Dallas. Austin was an ever-constant and loyal companion to Mary. They had 3 children, Gary, Danny, and Lori (Missy). Austin’s family and his Bell Telephone co-workers and employees were the delights in his life. He was always available to his family wherever and whenever needed. They both greatly enjoyed traveling with their friends on Dan Dipert Tours. A vacation to England and France, which created life-long memories, was the only time they were was in the United States. He began his career with Bell Telephone at just 18 years old as an “unlocated lineman”. He retired after 48 years, 5 months and 14 days on July 23, 1995. At the time he retired he was the General Manager of Education, and responsible for the development and delivery of all training and education for Southwestern Bell, which included Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas. He was told by the COB that many of the phone company’s ideas and innovations in connection with training would take the company into the next century. If Austin were to have a motto, if would be “…to stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit. It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit”. (Don’t Quit, by John G. Whittier) Austin is survived by 2 of her 3 children, Gary McKenzie of Carrollton and Lori (Missy) Smithers of Fredericksburg, his daughter- and son-in-law, Sandra McKenzie and Jeff Smithers, his grandchildren, James McKenzie, Laura (McKenzie) and Clay McMurray, Jake Smithers, and Luke Smithers, greatgrandchildren, Benjamin and Henry McKenzie, and Cooper and Lyla McMurray, and his sister Shirley Hardy and brother, Jerry McKenzie. Austin is preceded in death by his parents and his middle son, Danny. Funeral and Burial arrangements have been made through Bluebonnet Hills, in Colleyville, Texas. Messages to the family may be sent care of Gary McKenzie, 2833 Creekway Drive, Carrollton, Texas 75010. If you wish to send floral condolences in honor of Austin McKenzie, you may call Dr. Delphinium Designs and Events, 214-525-1284.
- Funeral Service Friday, August 10, 2018
- Committal Service Friday, August 10, 2018
Austin Lee McKenzie
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August 13, 2018
Please accept my condolences to your family with the passing of Austin. I worked with Austin from January, 1978 until
his retirement in Texas and my observation was that he was very proud of his family as well as the Telephone family.
It was a pleasure to work with him through the many changes in technology we experienced.
Larry M. Rehg and Family
August 10, 2018
Aussie was the kindest most compassionate man. As long as my mother lived(she was sister to Sidney) he would make time to drive to Baytown to visit her. He was also a very good friend to my brother Leo. It seemed that when anyone needed help or support, Aussie was there. I know he will be greatly missed and I send my sincere condolences to all of his family.