Ray Austin, 83, of Littlefield passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 in Littlefield. Celebration of life services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at Trinity Church in Littlefield with Norma Cotton officiating. Interment will follow in Littlefield Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the personal care of Hillcrest Funeral Home in Littlefield.
Ray was born Feb. 18, 1936 in Crosby County, TX to Melvin And Hellen Austin. He married, Joann Stephenson Dec. 19, 1957 in Anton, TX. The couple moved to Littlefield where they began their life together. Ray worked at R&W Supply in Littlefield for many years, and after retirement he continued working repairing lawnmowers. He enjoyed fishing and listening to gospel music. Ray and his wife Joann were charter members of the Church of Littlefield, which was later names Praise Temple Church, and is presently known as Trinity Church in Littlefield.
Ray is survived by his son, Larry Austin and wife, Stacy of Childress, TX; two grandchildren, Anthony Austin and Laurice Austin both of Childress; three sisters, Juanita Smith of Graham, Marcella Collins of Austin and Bonnie Henderson of California; sister-in-law, Lana Austin of Levelland; two children of the heart, Chuck and Mitzi Dickerson of Littlefield; and nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Preceding him in death was his wife, Joann Austin, who passed away Feb. 28, 2019; a son, Mickey Ray Austin, who passed away in 1988; his parents; and five brothers, GW Austin, Russel Austin, Albert Austin, Loyal Austin and Otto Austin.
Serving as pallbearers will be Johnny Tisdale, Steven Tisdale, Ricky Tisdale, Brian Green, Andy Austin, Chuck Dickerson, Jeff Dickerson, and Gene Austin.