Linda Gail Austin

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LINDA GAIL AUSTIN CANDLER – Linda Gail Austin, 59, of Sluder Branch Road, died unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. A native of Buncombe Co., she is the daughter of Frances Moody Watts and of the late John Howard Watts. Mrs. Austin was a member of Edgewood Baptist Church. She was a cosmetologist for 22 years, where she cherished her clients as friends. After retirement, her life was devoted to her family. Her granddaughters were the light of her life. In addition to her mother, Mrs. Austin is survived by her husband, Michael "Mickey" Steven Austin; daughter Stephanie Allen and husband Brad; son M. Steven Austin II and wife Cathi; granddaughters Briana Allen, Brooklyn Allen, Madison Austin, and Abbi Pittman; sisters Peggy Grant and Phyllis Raper; brother David "Buck" Watts; and by many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Edgewood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Lewis Gibson officiating. Interment will follow at New Morgan Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the church. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. Stephanie and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family. Donda Coffey Bennett

  2. Steve and family,

    Your mom was a very special lady and loved by everyone who knew her. Please know that we share in your grief and extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    Mike & Amy Gahagan

  3. Dear Family,
    My heart breaks for you at the loss of your beautiful Linda. She was always a precious friend and had a smile for everyone.
    May God’s love give you the comfort and peace that comes only through Him in this time of your grief.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss Linda was a great Lady Jason and I loved her dearly she treated him like one of her own. She will be missed by all that new and Loved her she had such a kind Spirit and a great smile and such a loving and giving heart. Love Debra ray

  5. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family. I can’t even begin to know how you all must be feeling. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Linda was such a sweet lady!


  7. know words could describe how i feel about linda. she was a jewel. i will never forget all our wonder full times all our familes spent together i love you linda and i will truly miss you all my love

  8. Steve, John and I are so sorry for the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Stephanie and family,

    My heart breaks for you over the loss of your Mom. I know exactly how you’re feeling after our recent loss. It seems like a dream that you can’t wake up from. You have been in my thoughts and prayers constantly since I heard the news. I have many great memories of the days that Linda did my hair. It was always a fun time at the beauty shop(I bet she’s having a great conversation in a heavenly beauty shop with some of her former customers.)
    We are out of town this weekend and won’t be able to come to the funeral, but please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts

    Sarah Blankenship

  10. I am so sorry Steve for your loss. I will keep you and your family in prayer. If I can help in any way please call.

  11. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this sad time. Linda was such a wonderful person and what a blessing to her family. Keep your memories close to your hearts. May God bless all of you and you find peace and comfort in the coming days.

  12. Sorry for your loss. May GOD bless each of you. (we are good friends with Tina Mason Tuten and all the family)

  13. Mickey and entire family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. It has been a while since I have seen you guys. We used to have fun at the Lance reunions. We are not going to be able to make it to the service, but we will be thinking of you all. Les and Sheila Shope King

  14. Dear Mickey, Steve, Stephanie and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Linda was such a beautiful person inside and out! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  15. So sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. Linda was a wonderful person–always had a smile whenever we saw her. We will be praying for you and your family. Peace and blessings to each of you.

  16. I have so many memories of you growing up but I have to say that the back rubs were the best! You always had a smile on your face no matter what. You treated me as one of your own and you will be truely missed! Love to all the family during this difficult time, but we will see her again one day!

  17. To all the family,
    Linda was such a jewel. We will all miss her. I have great memories of her fixing my hair at the beauty shop. She was always so sweet and kind to me. May God bless you with His wonderful grace He has set aside for you during this difficult time.
    Carl and Kim Robinson

  18. We are so shocked and saddened at Linda’s death. The last conversation Tony had with Linda was about how much she loved Ted and how much Tony was like Ted. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this unbelievably difficult time.

  19. May GOD bless you all and keep you during this difficult time. Linda was a special person and will be remembered by all she came in contact with.

  20. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. She was a very special person. I just saw her two weeks ago and she gave me a big hug. She truly was a special person and will always be remembered.

  21. Phyllis and family, So sorry about your loss of Linda. We will all miss that beautiful smile. No matter where you saw Linda you always got a hug. My love and thoughts are with you at this time.

  22. Linda was a very sweet and caring person. She was beautiful inside as well as out. Our prayers are with the family that she leaves behind. May God comfort your hearts in this difficult time.

  23. Oh, Linda, so shocked! So sad you never got to meet Luke. So happy that we reconnected after all the years. So blessed to have had you in my life growing up. Now you can sit and laugh with Burl and Wriler on that beautiful shore. Until we meet again…much love!

  24. Stephanie, I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. It is so hard to give up a loved one, but I know from past experience that God’s grace will help you throught this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Mickey and the rest of your family.

  25. I am so very sorry for your loss. I first met Linda when I was alittle girl when she worked with Brenda at the shop at Holiday Inn. Who would have known that she would be my neighbor and friend. She always made you feel special and had a smile on her face. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  26. To Mickey & Family – I remember Linda from our high school days & our years at New Morgan Hill Baptist Church. She was always a very kind & beautiful person. Thinking of you at this time. Wayne & Brenda Metcalf.

  27. Mickey & family, I am so sorry for your loss. This is so sad. I will be praying for each of you and asking the Comforter to be with you now and always. sending love, Marcia Howell

  28. Dear Mickey and family My heart aches for you as you go through this very sad time…. God does give you the strength to get through what you feel you just can’t….
    What a sad loss to our beloved Austin family, she will be truly missed.
    Linda (Austin) Goldstein

  29. Phyllis: I am thinking of you & all of your family.The loss of a sister is hard,but God must have needed her beautiful face smile, and soul with him. He will send his spirit and hers to comfort you in times ahead.
    I know because of Carolyn, and he
    will work a miracle with Bobbie.
    Love you & prayers for all the family.

  30. Mickey, Phyllis, David, Peggy, Francis, John Wayne, and others. Please accept my condolences on your loss. Linda was a terrific member of our family and meant a great deal to me. I sincerely hope I can be as much of a family encourager as she was to me. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  31. Phyllis and Family,

    It saddens me to hear about Linda. I know how close she and Phyllis were. May God wrap his arms around you and hold each one of you close. May he give you peace and grace. God always knows what is best for us even though we do not understand at the time . I will keep you in my prayers.

  32. Mickey and Family: Thoughts and prayers with you and your family during this time. Every time i saw Linda – she was always smiling. Gerald and Carolyn Stamey

  33. To the Austin & Watts families,
    My how I was in shock to her about Linda’s death. We have been praying for you all and we pray that God has given you comfort and peace by just knowing that she is in heaven with Jesus and many others who have gone on before her. Just know that someday you will see her again and it will seem like just yesterday that you talked with her. Linda has always been a special person and I enjoyed being in classes with her at Enka and graduating with her. Then we were family for many years. She will be missed and I am sure that all of you will miss her so much. Keep the faith in knowing that she is with her Heavenly Father and enjoying her time up there. Love you all!! Praying for you all.
    Claudette Ingle McNaughton
    & Jim McNaughton

  34. Dearest Phyllis and your mother,I am so sorry for all of you on the passing of Linda.Sure was a bad shock, she was one of a kind.From all of us with my Love to all the family.

  35. Phyllis, Mickie and family,
    God has a beautiful new angel and a very precious one. I know you will miss her dearly. I remember her electric smile, I cannot remember every seeing her without it. May God help you all through this and know she is at peace and in no pain anymore. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  36. Phyliss,my deepestest sympathy in the loss of your beloved Sister. If there is anything that I can do, you have my number, please let me know….My heart and prayers go out to you and the rest of your family. Love you, Jewel

  37. Phyllis,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. We know you loved her very much, and will miss her greatly. Our thought and prayers are with you and all the family.

  38. Mickey and family: Linda was such a sweet and kind person. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and the days ahead. Steve and Donna

  39. Mickey and family, we were so sorry to hear of your loss. It is a loss for all of us who knew her. We are praying for you. Only God can comfort the pain that you are feeling for her.

  40. Mickey, Mike and I are so sorry for your loss. Mike said if you need anything we are here. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  41. Mickey, I worked with Linda and Larry at Thrift Loan Co. right after she graduated from Enka, until she had your son. I loved every minute that she & I worked together, and with Larry too. She was the greatest, sweetest person I had and have ever worked with in my life. I hadn’t seen her in quite a while, unfortunately, but I still cherish the time I spent with her, and Marvin & I want you and your family to know, that we will keep you in our prayers and I know you will miss her terribly, but take comfort for I know she is in a much better place. This world won’t be the same without her. Our Love to you & all the family, Marvin & Shirley Smith

  42. phylis, so sorry for your loss of linda. its not easy i can detest to sorry i could not make the service but you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
    love you, sheila renau

  43. Dear Mickey, Stephanie, Steven, & Family:
    John & I were sad and shocked to hear about Linda. i enjoyed her visits when she came w/Lila. She had a kind heart and was thoughtful of others. We are praying for all of you. Marie & Johnny Jackson

  44. Stephanie,
    I am so sorry about your mom. Your mom has always had a special place in my heart and always will. She will forever be missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  45. Mickey and Family. I still can not believe she is no longer with us. I am so glad you both came back to church at Edgewood. I still remember her sitting there in church turning around winking at us. I love you dearly. We may not like it but she is in a better place now. My prayers are with you all.

  46. Dear Steve and Stephanie,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your mom.I too feel your pain as I lost my mom 11 years ago.The only thing I can tell you is that Gods grace is so amazing and there when you need it most.Love you guys!
    Robert and Cindy Wilson

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