Obituary: Jack Austin


Jack Austin, 86, of Newport departed this life Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020.

He was born in Rison, Arkansas, on July 10, 1934, the son of Voy and Vestal Austin.

He owned and operated a U.S. Pizza Company in Newport for 37 years.

He was a member of Kiwanis in Missouri/Arkansas Chapter.  One of his achievements was having Perfect Attendance and serving as Lieutenant Governor. When serving in Kiwanis, his favorite project was Terrific Kids.  Kids were always special to him; he worked with Paragould Children’s Homes Camp Tahkodah and Vacation Bible School on the Navajo Reservation in Ft. Defiance, Arizona.  He was a member of Holden Avenue Church of Christ where he served as a deacon.  Jack proudly served in the US Army.

Jack met the love of his life, Virginia in 1957 while working at Kroger.  They married on Oct. 4, 1958, and have spent sixty-two wonderful years together.  Jack and Virginia loved to travel and explored many destinations together with Senior Circle, sometimes he was even the bus driver.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Voy and Vestal Austin; two brothers, Edwin Austin and Wilton Austin; two sisters, Lois Jacobson and Reba Thomas.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Virginia Austin; their daughter, Renee Bell (Harry) of Marion; granddaughter, Caroline Mosher (Steve); great-grandchildren, Hayley, Henry, Benjamin, and Charlotte Mosher of Marietta Georgia; sisters-in-law, Clara Nell Crews and Ina West, Janice Austin; brother-in-law, Morris Reaves Jr. (Jane), a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and one special aunt, Doris Austin, many great-nieces, and nephews as well.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at Hopewell Cemetery in Cord, Arkansas. Friends may visit at the cemetery from 10:00 until service for a time of visitation.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Holden Avenue Church of Christ or The Children’s Home in Paragould.

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