Frederick Ralph AUSTIN


AUSTIN, Frederick Ralph 80, of Land O' Lakes, passed away Oct. 13, 2013. He was born in 1933 to Sherly Ev Austin & Vera Collums Austin in Pontotoc County, MS. Ralph served in the Army Quartermasters during the Korean War. He earned a degree in Accounting from Harding University, and worked 25 years at the Memphis Publishing Company and retired in 1995. During his life he spent over 20 years preaching the gospel; many of those years with the Church of Christ in Buckhorn, MS. In 1995, Ralph and Helen retired to the Tampa area to be close to their children. Ralph enjoyed playing golf, hunting, bowling, basketball, but most of all, he loved worshiping the Lord. Ralph is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen Houpt Austin; along with their son, Robert Austin & daughter-in-law, Toni Austin; son, David Austin & daughter-in-law, Debi Austin; grandchildren, Robert, Joshua, Brittany, Kalylin, Chaz & Justin; and two great-grand-children, Leighton & Gaige. Family will receive friends Thursday, from 5-8 pm at MacDonald Funeral Home, 10520 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Funeral service with full military honors will take place at 11:30 am, Friday, at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Ralph's longtime friend, Mr. Bob Owens will officiate. In lieu of flowers, send memorial contributions in his memory to Florida College, 119 N. Glen Arven Avenue, Temple Terrace, FL 33617. Condolences may be expressed online MacDonald Funeral Home - Tampa (813)933-4950

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 16, 2013