Ernestine McGriff Austin

Ernestine McGriff Austin

Ernestine McGriff Austin, 88, of Star City, passed away on May 8, 2014, at Gardner Nursing Center in Star City.

Mrs. Austin and her late husband, Jason Austin were involved in many community endeavors including, working for the restoration of the city square and clock tower, helping to start a recycling service and many other activities.

She was a member of the Extension Homemakers Club (formerly Home Demonstration Club) since she was sixteen. Her greatest joy in life was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was born in Cleveland County February 5, 1926. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jason Austin; her parents, Ernest D. and Alcy McGruff; her sister, Marceline McGriff Simmons; her brother-in-law, Russell Simmons and a son, Jason Leon Austin.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, David and Barbara Austin of Star City; daughter and son-in-law, Gwen and Mike Ferguson of Kingsland, Texas; grandchildren, Randy and Chaney Raley of Atlanta, Texas, Rhonda Raley of Conroe, Texas, Tracy and J.R. Harrell of Star City, Kelly and Cody Sublett of Conway and Shane Austin of Washington, D.C.; great grandchildren, Austin Wilkerson, Aidan Harrell, Easton Harrell, all of Star City, Lyndy and Lee Raley of University of Central Arkansas, Presley Kate Prew and Keaton Sublett of Conway.

Mrs. Austin is also survived by many nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly, and many friends. Her extended family also includes, Julie and Mike McMillan, Natalie and Chaz Jones, Brittany and Ben Herrington and Peyton Jones.

Services include a visitation at Griffin Funeral Service on May 12, 2014, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and a graveside service at Leek Cemetery on May 13 at 10 a.m. with Bro. Gary Dutton officiating.

The family will receive guests at 427 Freedom Road in Star City.

Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City.