William Walker Austin

June 28, 1927February 20, 2011

William Walker “Bill” Austin, age 83, of Houston, Texas, passed away at his home on Sunday, the 20th of February 2011. Son of the late William Wray Austin and Bama Geneva (nee Dekle) Austin, he was born on the 28th of June 1927, in Waycross, Georgia.

Bill received his BS degree in Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, after serving in the U.S Navy from 1944 to 1946.

At the time of his death, Bill was President of Parkcrest Builders, an apartment general contracting company. Over the years Bill also had started his own company, Builders Interests, Inc., as well as serving as President of Jetero Construction Company, a corporation that he took public. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of several local banks.

Bill was an avid outdoorsman. He was the starting first baseman for the Atlanta Crackers, a semi-professional baseball team during the 1940’s. Bill also enjoyed hunting with his wife, sons and grandsons in South Texas, as well as making many trips to Alaska and Africa to hunt exotic wildlife. Having been a US Navy navigator during WWII, flying was one of his passions. He was an accomplished aviator - from single-engined prop to corporate jet. He was an amateur wine connoisseur who also enjoyed preparing lavish meals in his gourmet kitchen. Bill was a regular contributor, major participant, and an Honorary Lifetime Director of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. In addition, he was a major donor and former Vice President of the Houston Farm and Ranch Club.

His professional and philanthropic accomplishments aside, Bill was an outstanding human being and a great friend to all. His generosity and sincerity to all walks of life never went unnoticed, but his desire to keep his private life and accomplishments to himself is what made him such a humble and honorable southern gentleman.

Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 29 years, Antoinette Marie Austin; his daughter, Gail Austin Burgess and significant other, Daniel M. Tass; his sons, Gregory William Austin and his wife Karen, Jay Howard Stewart and his wife Lindsay, and Michael David Stewart and his wife Maritza, all of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his sisters, Nelrae Joan Little, Mary Moore Schwab and husband Steve, of Decatur, GA, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan Allen Austin.

The memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Monday, the 28th of February, at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive in Houston, where the Rev. Rick Myers is to officiate. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Bill’s honor may be directed to the Amazing Place, 3735 Drexel Dr., Houston, TX, 77027.


  • Memorial Service Monday, February 28, 2011

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Shirley Payne

March 2, 2011

Dear Antoinette and Family
I was so saddened to hear about Bill. He was such a good and kind man .. you all now have a Guardian Angel watching over you. Please accept my thoughts and prayers during this sad time.

March 1, 2011

Antoinette and Family

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God's Blessings be with you during this sad time. Bill was such a fine man.

Gay Hoff (Taylor)

Shelley & Marshall Spears

February 28, 2011


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. "As long as you remember them, they will never be gone."

Janet Reinmund

February 27, 2011

RIP...Bill Austin. You will be missed terribly by all of us who knew and loved you for the awesome man you were! Thankful for the wonderful life you lived, and the awesome legacy you left behind!
Our sincere condolences to Antionette,Jay,Micheal, Greg and Gail. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Love, Steve and Janet Reinmund

Gregory Carroll

February 27, 2011

February 27, 2011

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope.And the scriptures can be a good source of encouragement. Isa 25:8

Lisa Ramus

February 27, 2011

Dear Antoinette and Family,
Bill was such a wonderful person. We treasure all of the special times we have spent together as a family. We are sending you big hugs from NY. All Our Love and Prayers, Lisa, Frank,& Leanna

Mimi Moore

February 27, 2011

Dear Austin Family,
We wish to send our condolences during this difficult time. We will miss Uncle Bill deeply are thinking of you all. All my love. Your Niece Mimi

Jesse Aguirre

February 26, 2011


Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Please count on me if I can be of any assistance.