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Elzie E. Austin

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Elzie Eugene Austin

was born July 9, 1935 in Dunville, Kentucky. He was the son of Stanley Austin and Verna Lawless.

Mr. Austin grew up in Fountain Square and attended and played football at Tech high school and graduated from Manual high school in 1953. He married Charlene Muse and had three sons Bart, Burt and Gene Austin. Mr. Austin received his degree in education from Indiana Central College was a biology teacher and coach. He went on to receive a masters degree in administration and was the Vice Principal of Harry E. Wood high school and principal of Manual high school from 1978-1993.

Mr. Austin was honored in 1980 by President Bush and the Dept. of Education for leadership in education and a drug a drug free school program. Mr. Austin was a tremendous athlete and golden glove boxing champion. He enjoyed playing golf, raising and training beagle dogs and his fishing trips to Minnesota. An avid sports fan, he especially enjoyed watching his three boys play football for Franklin Central High School and continued to follow them through their collegiate and coaching careers. Elzie served his community as a member of the Franklin Township School board and was instrumental in developing their tradition of excellence.

Mr. Austin was a resident of the Franklin Township community and very proud to "be a Flash". He spent his last several years at Rosegate assisted-living and most recently Clairbridge of Carmel where he passed peacefully in his sleep.

Mr. Austin was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene (Muse) Austin; and is survived by his three sons, Bart (Stephanie) Austin, Burt (Barb) Austin, Gene Austin; and grandchildren, Ashley, Aaron, Brooke, Jaida, Nicole, and Blake.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 26th from 4-8 p.m. at Little & Sons Funeral Home Stop 11 Chapel . Funeral services will Friday, September 27th at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial in Acton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Elzie "Gene" Austin's name to the Flashes Football Foundation, Franklin Township Education Foundation or the Parkinson's Awareness Association of Central Indiana. http://www.littleandsonsindianapolis.com

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Sept. 24, 2013
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