February 18, 1928January 15, 2013

Richard Shute Austin

WEST COLUMBIA – Funeral services for Richard Shute Austin, 84, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, West Columbia Chapel with interment in Southland Memorial Gardens. The service will be conducted by Dr. Bill Drees. The family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m. Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home. Mr. Austin was born February 18, 1928 in Highland, VA and passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. He was a son of the late Harvey and Olga Austin. He was a member of First Baptist Church West Columbia. He served his country in the United States Marine Corp. Mr. Austin loved to fly and ride his motorcycles. He was a certified pilot and had his stunt license. Mr. Austin owned his own business, Automotive Repair, for over 60 years in the Columbia area. Mr. Austin is survived by his wife, Hazel Lybrand Austin; son, Allen Austin (Pat); daughter, Sharon Gassaway (Lacey); son, Harvey Austin (Karen); grandchildren, Amanda Huffman (Chris) and Lindsey Gassaway; great-grandchildren, Tara, Faith and Anna Huffman, Dallas Faulkner and sister, Virginia Bowyer (Matt). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church West Columbia, P.O. Box 4898, West Columbia, SC 29171.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 19, 2013


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Mark Jeffcoat

February 1, 2013

We just learned of Mr. Austin's passing and wanted you to know our thoughts are with all of you. He was mostly retired when we started bringing our cars to Allen and Harvey for repairs. It was always a pleasure to see him in the shop until his health prohibited. I wish we could have known him better but in many ways feel like we do through his sons. His legacy lives on in the integrity, honesty, fairness, and care Allen and Harvey have shown our family through the years. We grieve the loss with you but celebrate his new wholeness with our Heavenly Father.
Mark, Barbara, Lisa and Jonathan Jeffcoat

Dottie Franklin Anderson

January 19, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have many fond memories of your Dad & being in his shop as a child. I value & appreciate the honesty in your family work ethics. Just remember, our loss is Heaven's gain! With much love,

January 17, 2013

Sorry about the loss of Mr. Austin. Our prayers are with the family and friends.May God give you peace and comfort in your time of sorrow.


January 17, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

January 17, 2013

My deepest sympathy to a great man who always treated me very kind. I will always remember his smile, contagious laugh, positive attitude and wit. My sincerest condolences to the entire Austin family. Wanda Arrington Davis