|Death: ||Jan. 3, 2010|
Services for Addie Gates Austin of Greenwood will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Strangers Home Missionary Baptist Church.
Ms. Austin, 81, died of heart failure Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at her home.
She joined the Strangers' Home Missionary Baptist Church. Her stewardship at Strangers' Home began with her singing in the Senior Choir until she began acknowledging visitors until her health began to fail. She served as president of the Pastor's Aide Club, youth leader for the youth department, youth leader for Sunshine Band and Youth Choir, Sunday School teacher for the young adult and senior class, general chairperson for Woman's Day, vacation bible school director and teacher, BTU coordinator of activities and Missionary Society (Humes Circle). She also served as a messenger to the Congress of Christian Education and the General Baptist State Convention of Mississippi for Strangers' Home. She was a faithful steward and found great joy in serving the Lord alongside her church family.
She was born to teach and as an educator she made all who she touched believe that they were the smartest and brightest in all the world. She graduated from Prentiss Institute having received her high school diploma and associate's degree. Her first teaching job was in 1950 at Sam Balkin Elementary School in Schlater where she also worked with the girls basketball team and served as Girl Scout troop leader.
With a thirst for knowledge, she received her bachelor's degree from Mississippi Valley State University and celebrates her golden graduation anniversary in May 2010. She completed further study at the University of Alabama, University of Kentucky, Mississippi State University, Stillman and High Scope and Follow Through programs in Washington D.C.
Some of her community involvement included: associate member of the Smithsonian Institute, Leflore County Association of Educators, Magnolia Chapter of the Eastern Star, MEA, Mississippi State Federated Women's Club (state secretary and state treasurer), Third District Federated Woman of the Year, L'Entre Nous Federated Club (president, secretary and treasurer), youth leader for L'Entre Nous Debutantes, Aspirant youth leader, Democratic Executive Committee, local chapter of the NAACP, poll worker for all elections at the Jodie Wilson Library precinct, member of the planning commission for the City of Greenwood, jury bailiff for Fourth District Circuit Judge Betty Sanders, street captain volunteer for American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society and March of Dimes.
Ms. Austin is survived by two daughters, Leafie O. Austin of Greenwood and Deborah Austin Thompson of Atlanta; one son, Lincoln G. Austin of Greenwood; one sister, Leafie Taylor of Youngstown, Ohio; two brothers-in-law, Robert Lee Durham and William Austin, both of Greenwood; two sisters-in-law, Merlene Austin and Mattie Austin, both of Greenwood; one son-in-law, Gregg Thompson of Atlanta; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The Rev. David Matthews will officiate at the services.
Pallbearers will be Daryl Mitchell, L.V. Archie, Dennis Mitchell, Marvin Durham, Arthur Cox and Charles Williams.
Honorary pallbearers will be Alix Sanders Sr., James Brown, Dr. Arthur Kinnard, Leon Smith, Lester Smith and Frank Morris.
Century Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Burial will be in Hudson Park Cemetery.
The Greenwood Commonwealth, Thursday, January 7, 2010
Hudson Park Cemetery
Created by: Portia Solomon
Record added: Jan 07, 2010
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