Lois Nell Smith Austin

Lois Nell Smith Austin, 95, died on October 27, 2019.

She was born on April 24, 1924 to Mary Vail and Ed Smith at Jones, Louisiana.

Mrs. Austin 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, Kansas on B29 Bombers in World War II, and retired after 30 years from Superior Surgical at Eudora.

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, and one great grandson, Austin Lee Thames of Rayville, Louisiana.

She is survived by one son, James Lee and wife Ann; one daughter, Alice Faye Forrest, all of Hamburg; three grandchildren, Kim Thames of Rayville, Louisiana, Scott Forrest of Hamburg, 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, and a host of friends and loved ones.

Visitation is Friday, November 1 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church in Hamburg. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 2 at 2 p.m. at the church with Bro. David Newberry officiating.

Pallbearers are Kelly Bailey, Scott Forrest, Charles Watson, Dennis Kelley, Billy Riles, Charlie Wilson and John Dailey. Honorary Pallbearers are the Southside Adult Sunday School Class. Interment is in Tralvager Cemetery in Snyder.