Date of BirthAugust 03, 1931

Charles Wayne Austin Obituary

Date of BirthAugust 03, 1931

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Date of PassingJanuary 17, 2016

Charles Wayne Austin Obituary

from Denton, Texas, United States

Date of BirthAugust 03, 1931

Charles Wayne Austin Obituary

Date of BirthAugust 03, 1931

256 Views

Date of PassingJanuary 17, 2016

Charles Wayne Austin Obituary

from Denton, Texas, United States


Charles Wayne Austin of Fort Worth, age 85, passed away on Monday, October 17, 2016, at a local hospital with family by his side. Memorial service: 10 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2016, at University Christian Church, Chapel of the Good Shepherd, 2720 S. University Drive, Fort Worth. Charles was born on August 3, 1931, in Gainesville, Texas, to Raymond E. and Ludell Ford Austin. He lived most of his childhood on the family vegetable farm near Thackerville, Okla., with his brothers (Ray, Vernon, and Donald) and sister (Anita). The family moved to Denton, Texas, in 1948 when Charles was in high school. He enjoyed the expanded course opportunities at Denton High School and graduated as Salutatorian in 1949. Charles attended North Texas State College, where he received a B.A. in Mathematics in 1953 and an M.A. in 1957. He married Patsy Dill (Gurley) in 1952, and they moved to Fort Worth in 1953 where he began a 40-year career at General Dynamics as a computer applications developer. They had four children, Diane, Alan, Linda, and Elaine. In 1980, he married Rolena Carter and became stepfather to Bill, Deborah, Richard, and Judy. Charles loved music and had a beautiful voice. In elementary school, his teachers asked him to sing for the class each day. As an adult, he was a vocalist with the Fort Worth Opera Chorus, TCU, TCJC, and the Texas Boys Choir. He was also a soloist with many churches in the Fort Worth area, including University Christian, Holy Family Catholic, First Presbyterian, and Saint Andrews Episcopal. After his retirement in 1993, Charles and Rolena were able to enjoy traveling to destinations in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Charles is remembered by his grandchildren for his hobbies, especially woodworking and digital photography. He also enjoyed building electronics and radio-controlled airplanes, and frequently played golf and handball with friends. He shared his love of running with his daughter. In his later years, he enjoyed reviewing videos of favorite opera performances and caring for his dog, Brutus, and cat, Roxy. He had an independent spirit and quick wit and will be missed by all who knew him. Charles was preceded in death by his spouse, Rolena Carter Austin; son, Alan Edward Austin; parents, Raymond E. and Ludell Ford Austin; and siblings, W. Raymond Austin, Vernon Austin, Donald Austin, and Anita (Mel) Allen. Survivors include children, Diane (Eric Johnson) Austin, Linda Cook, Elaine Harris; stepchildren, Deborah (Charles) Giegoldt, Richard Carter, Bill Carter, and Judy Carter; nine grandchildren, Valerie, Melissa, Nina, Andrew, Austin, Jennifer, Emily, Adam, Crystal; and six great-grandchildren, Zachariah, Cameron, Caleb, Chaz, Abbeygayle, Raymond.

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