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St. Luke's Historic Church
Saturday December 19th, 2020

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Frederick H. Austin

Frederick “Fred” H. Austin, 85, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020. He was the son the late Frederick and Lillian Austin. He is preceded in death by his late wife of 53 years, Eva Ann Austin and two sisters, Marjorie Sadler and Mildred Britt and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Fred was a graduate of Suffolk High School. He has been an active member of Benn’s Unit Methodist Church since 1957. Fred retired from NASA Langley Research Center after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Masonic Smithfield Union Lodge 18, Smithfield, VA. He served in the U.S Air Force and served as President and Captain for the Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad for 10 years.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Pearl Elliott Austin; daughters, Ann L. Buckley (Patrick) and Cynthia M.A. Raiford (Philip); and granddaughter, Jessica Buckley. Along with his stepson, Donnie Darden (Nancy); step granddaughter, Ashley Darden Poort (Trevor) and their daughter, Kensi Poort; step grandson, Kenneth Darden; brothers-in-law, Swain Davis and Junius and daughter, June Britt Meehan.

Graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 11 AM with Rev. Tommy Reynolds and Rev. Betsy Caudill officiating in the St. Luke’s Church Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Gaz ‘N Acres Therapeutic Riding Center, 14492 Ivor Rd, Sedley, VA 23878. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at www.RWBakerFH.com.

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Dear Ann Lynn and Cindy, I am so sorry to hear about your Daddy. He was a quiet, caring man. He gave much to his community. Your parents were wonderful role models for me growing up in Benns. Love, Jerry & Ann Andrews

Ann Edwards Andrews May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Pearl & Family, We are so sorry for the loss of Fred & are keeping you close in prayer. Fred was such an asset to our church & community over the years. He was a true gentleman and friend to many. Our thoughts are with you. Mark & Mary Nancy Saunders

Mark & Mary Nancy Saunders May 13 2021 12:00 AM

I was very sad to learn of Fred's passing. I had the pleasure of knowing Fred when I was a volunteer with Isle of Wight Rescue in the 1990's. He was already a life member at that point and had served in many leadership roles within the organization. He dedicated a lot of his time to giving back to the community and answering calls for those who needed help. I feel fortunate to have known him and send my deepest sympathy to his family.

Wayne Croshaw May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Pearl and Family, We were so sorry to hear of the loss of Fred and want you to know how much we will miss him. Fred was so unique and a blessing to all who knew him; we always loved having him in our Sunday School class and are sad that we lost him before we got back from this quarantine. We ask for Gods blessing for each of you. Pete & Rhonda

Peter & Rhonda Carlson May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Aunt Pearl, I am very sorry for your loss. I pray for your comfort and healing during this difficult time. May God hold you in the hollow of his hands. Love always, Sandra

Sandra McGinley May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Ann, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. Thinking of you, Pat and Jessie. Sounds like he had a wonderful life. I know he will be missed. Find comfort in all the memories you have of him. Blessings.

Phoebe Engle May 13 2021 12:00 AM

I am so saddened for the loss of Uncle Freddie. He was the most admired of all my aunts and uncles. My heart goes out to all his family. He will deeply missed.

Tracy Sadler May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Pearl, we are so sorry about the loss of Fred. Will miss the twinkle in his eyes across the table. We was a gentle person!

Louis and LaDonna May 13 2021 12:00 AM

I am sending my sympathy to all of you who were part of Fred's family. We attended school together in Suffolk many years ago and were part of the SHS Class of 1953. He was always such a nice person to know and to be associated with. He did attend some of our class reunions, and everyone was so glad to see him and join him in remembering good times together. Shirley Fitzgerald

Shirley Richardson Fitzgerald May 13 2021 12:00 AM

This just breaks our hearts. Fred was a great friend, mentor and customer. We will miss him dearly. Our deepest sympathies.

Parker & Melissa Darden May 13 2021 12:00 AM

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