Dr. Joe Austin

Dr. Joe Austin, age 82, a resident of Texarkana, Texas died Saturday, July 6, 2019, at his home.

He was born to Othor S. and Ellie Whisenhunt Austin on August 7, 1936, in Dierks, Arkansas. He graduated Horatio High School in 1954, was a United States Navy Veteran, graduated from Henderson State University, Texas A&M University at Commerce and North Texas State University. Dr. Austin served as a teacher, coach, and school administrator for thirty-two years in Arkansas and Texas.

He served as an officer and director in many social, civic, and professional organizations. He is a lifetime member of both the Arkansas and Texas State PTA’s, a lifetime member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, and Lions Club International.

Dr. Austin was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Loy Gene Austin and one sister, Verna Kreider.

He is survived by three sons and two daughters in law; Joe and Rachel Austin of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jon Austin of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Lee and Amy Austin of Texarkana, Texas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Glen and Vicki Austin of Little River Club, Winthrop, AR and Bob and Pat Austin of Harlingen, Texas; 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Dr. Austin were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in the Horatio Cemetery with Bro. Roy Conatser officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, July 8th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

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