Funeral services for Cecil Bryant Austin of Winona were 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, officiated the services.
Visitation was 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 were Steven Jennings, Michael Rawson, Tom Rawson, James Barry Carpenter, David Heath, and Grady Perkins. Honorary pallbearers were 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 (www.ofhwinona. com) is handling arrangements.