Billie (Bill) Ray Austin

October 12, 1931November 21, 2021

Bill Austin entered the presence of Christ on Sunday, November 21. Bill was born in Holden, Mo. He joined the U.S. Army in 1949. He would go on to serve until retiring as Command Sergeant Major in 1969. Bill married Delores Ethington on June 21, 1952. After 20 years of living at various duty stations, they retired to Midwest City. Upon completion of technology school, Bill worked for Folding Carrier, Midwest City Hospital, and finally NCR Corp, from which he retired in 1992. Bill loved the Lord Jesus Christ, and served as a deacon, Bible teacher, and retirement home minister through his local church. He is survived by his loving wife, Delores; devoted children Rick and JoAnn Austin of OKC, Mike and Dana Austin of OKC, Debbie and Paul Strolle of OKC, & Chris and Tammy Austin of Cache, OK. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, and preceded in death by one grandson.

Visitation will be on Friday, Nov. 26 from 4-8 pm (with family present from 6-8) at Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home Del City, OK. Funeral service will be held Sat. Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. at Southwest Baptist Church, OKC. Burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.


  • Austin Strolle
  • Ben Strolle
  • Isaac Strolle
  • Dean Wiyninger
  • James Austin
  • Boston Weems


  • Visitation

    Friday, November 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 27, 2021


Billie (Bill) Ray Austin

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November 23, 2021

I have so many memories with Grandpa. But I would say two of my favorites. The first being that I was always Grandpa’s “Gifted One”. There wasn’t a time he didn’t tell me that when I left or call me that when I arrived. He would critique my solos at church. Always telling me I had a great talent to use for the Lord but he kept me humble when he’d say “But keep taking singing lessons….you can always improve.” After I lived a life of sin and destruction, Grandpa was the one person I didn’t want to see. But I’ll never forget that first time I saw him…I walked in the door and said “Hey Grandpa!” He said “Hello my Gifted One.” And he hugged me and I whispered “I’m not your Gifted One anymore.” And he said “Sure you are. You’ll always be my Gifted One.” It was the greatest moment of Gods grace and forgiveness shown to one who was unworthy of it.

At the beginning of this year Grandpa and I were alone in the living room. He wasn’t talking clearly but that didn’t bother me, I always joked with him about the silly comments he made. And that time was no different. He paused and he sat there and all of a sudden he just started singing…”Just a closer walk with Thee. Grant it Jesus is my plea. Daily walking close to Thee. Let it be, dear Lord, let it be”. We looked at each other and smiled and he said “That’s all I want…Just a closer walk with Him.”

Grandpa, enjoy your closer than close walk with Him. I’m beyond happy that you get to spend all of eternity with the Savior you loved and loved you! Until that great reunion day, I’ll See you soon! -Always Your Gifted One