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Cecil Bryant Austin

July 29, 2014

Funeral services for Cecil Bryant Austin of Winona will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 
July 29, at First Presbyterian Church in Winona, with burial following in Oakwood 
Cemetery in Winona.  Rev. Ed McDaniel, assisted by Mr. Ryan Biese, will officiate 
the services.
Visitation will be Monday, July 28, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., at Oliver Funeral Home.
Mr. Austin, 80, died in an accident at his residence on Thursday, July 24.  He was 
born in Montgomery County on October 22, 1933, to Jennings Bryant and Lela 
Elizabeth Roberts Austin.  He was the retired plant manager of Ferguson Machine 
Company and was a flight instructor for over 40 years.  Mr. Austin was a U.S. Army 
veteran, attaining the rank of sergeant, and serving as a member of the honor 
guard.  He was a member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Winona, a 
member of the Winona Rotary Club, the American Legion Post 52, the Greenwood 
Elks Club, the Winona Airport Board, and the Southwest Navion Air Group.  In 
addition, he was a founding member of the Greenwood Soaring Society.  Mr. 
Austin's passion for flying was made obvious by his receiving the National Flight 
Instructor of the Year Award in 2013.  He was a certified airframe and power plant 
airplane mechanic and was currently preparing and studying for certification as a 
FAA (IA) inspector.  He also harbored a deep passion and love for woodworking.
Mr. Austin is survived by his wife, Bobbie Baskin Austin of Winona; his son, 
Lawrence Bryant Austin and his wife, Josephine T. S. Ashcraft Austin, of 
Hattiesburg; three sisters, Sara A. Carpenter of Winona, Billie A. Whitfield of 
Hernando, and Bobbie A. Jacks of Starkville; and two grandchildren, Amanda J. A. 
Austin of Starkville and Lawrence Bryant Austin Jr. of Hattiesburg.
Pallbearers will be Steven Jennings, Michael Rawson, Tom Rawson, James Barry 
Carpenter, David Heath, and Grady Perkins.  Honorary pallbearers will be the 
Southwest Navion Air Group and the men of American Legion Post 52.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Kidney 
Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America, the National Rescue League, or the 
Mississippi Baptist Children's Village.
Oliver Funeral Home of Winona ( is handling arrangements.

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