Madge Austin (Grayson) Dismukes

GASTONIA - Madge Austin Dismukes, 93, formerly of Abingdon Place and ARP Manor in Gastonia, died Jan. 3, 2013, at Kings Mountain Hospital.

She was born in Clover, S.C., to the late Columbus C. "Lum" Grayson and Bessie Peny Grayson.

Madge was a free-spirited person who loved music. God gave her a wonderful gift of being able to play the piano by ear. Even though she could not read music, she played the piano for several churches in Gastonia. She was involved in a "Clown" Ministry that visited several nursing facilities and senior centers, playing homemade instruments and singing.

A funeral service will be 3 p.m. Monday at Greene Funeral Service, West Chapel, 216 Archie Whitesides Road, Gastonia, officiated by Pastor John Gibbs.

The family will receive friends from 2 - 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, John B. Austin; her second husband, George Dismukes; daughter, Judy Sosebee Franks; sisters, Mozelle Carson, Jean Michaels and Dot Lee; brother, Perry Grayson.

Survivors include sons, Mike Austin and wife, Rickey, of Shelby, Dennis Austin of Va.; stepson Joe Dismukes; grandchildren, Tim Sosebee and wife, Sylvia, of Clover, S.C., Debbie Henry of Mount Holly, Jody Sosebee of Georgia, Jason Austin of Dallas, N.C., Ron Austin of Georgia, Michele and Angie Austin, Candy Sellers; stepgrandchildren, Tim Dismukes and Pam Smith; 24 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; son in-law, Grover Franks; brothers-in-law, Miles Michaels and Barlow Lee; several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Free Will Baptist Church, 2316 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28054.

A guest registry is available at

Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia 704-867-5521.

Funeral Home

Greene Funeral Service, Westside Chapel
216 Archie Whitesides Road Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 867-5521

Published in Gaston Gazette on Jan. 6, 2013