Charles E. "Eddie" Austin
MTHS Class of 1954

MOUNDS -- Charles E. "Eddie" Austin, 76, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at his residence.

Mr. Austin was born Jan. 10, 1936, in Mounds, son of the late Charles Harold Austin Jr. and Lora (Watson) Austin.

Eddie was a former member of Mounds Congregational Church, where he served as a past secretary and treasurer, former board member and trustee of the church; attended Villa Ridge Union Church; a member and served as secretary and treasurer of Mounds Lion's Club; past president of Mounds Lion's Club; was a former member of Mounds Fire Department, where he was secretary and treasurer for many years; and he served in the National Guard. Eddie was a retired carpenter and was a member of Mounds Smiles One Center.

Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, Charles H. Austin, Jr. and Lora Austin McClain.

Survivors include his son, David C. Austin of Grand Chain; daughter, Dawn Austin of Scott City, Mo.; sister, Judith Dale of Marion; former wife, Wanda Austin of Scott City, Mo.; three grandchildren, Melissa (Elvis) Little, Elizabeth Austin (Larry Skaggs) and Nathan Austin; two great-grandchildren, Connor Austin and Eli Little; and other relatives, nieces, nephews and friends.

Services for Charles E. "Eddie" Austin will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, in Jones Funeral Home Villa Ridge, where a Rose Honorium Service will begin the services at 1 p.m. by members of Mounds Lion's Club. The Rev. Larry Buckles will be officiating. Interment will be in the Green Lawn Memorial Gardens, Villa Ridge. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Mounds Lion's Club, Villa Ridge Union Church, or Mounds Smiles One Center in memory of Eddie Austin.