Lois Nell Smith Austin, age 95, was born on April 24, 1924 to Mary Vail and Ed Smith at Jones, LA. She was a resident of Parkdale for 58 years and Ashley County for 93 years. She was active in church all her life. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church since 2004, a former church clerk for Parkdale and a custodian for 50 years, Women’s Missionary Union and Sunday School teacher for 65 years, a Girl Scout Den Mother, ran the Parkdale Schools Cafeteria for six years, was a Parkdale Postal Clerk, PTA President at Parkdale School, worked for Boeing Air Craft at Wichita, KS on B29 Bombers in World War II and retired after 30 years from Superior Surgical at Eudora, AR.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 48 years, Lee Austin; one brother, R. W. Cobb Smith; two sisters, Willie Mae Tilbury from Louisiana and Katie Bell of Eudora, AR and one great grandson, Austin Lee Thames of Rayville, LA.
She is survived by one son, James Lee and wife Ann; one daughter, Alice Faye Forrest, all of Hamburg, AR; three grandchildren, Kim Thames of Rayville, LA and Philip J. Austin and wife, Jessica, of Florida; six great grandchildren, Dillon Thames, Timothy and Bryson Forrest, Ethan, Holligh and Anniston of Florida; one sister, Nettie Lou ‘Cricket’ Kelly of Crossett, AR. and a host of friends and loved ones.
Funeral services are 2:00PM on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Southside Baptist Church in Hamburg, AR with Bro. David Newberry officiating. Pallbearers are Lamar Higginbotham, Calvin Kinniard, George White,Cecil Kelley, Charles Watson and Brandon Kelley. Honorary Pallbearers are the Southside Adult Sunday School Class. Interment is in Trafalger Cemetery in Snyder, AR. Visitation is from 6:00PM until 8:00PM on Friday, November 1, 2019 also at the church.
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