FAYETTE Chesley Howard Austin, age 78, of Fayette, died Jan. 27, 2012, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Nelson Funeral Home Chapel with Stan Willis officiating. Burial will follow in Andrews Chapel Cemetery with Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
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He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Chesley Austin, and his brother, John O. Forgie.
Survivors include his wife, Venice Levenua (Ezell) Austin; daughters, Brenda Gayle Budke (Barry), Teresa Ezelle Ramsey (Rick), and Angela Lea Caliguire (John); and three grandchildren.
He was born in Fallon, Nev. He was a Chico State graduate, receiving an NDEA Scholarship from John Emory University. He was a professor of linguistics and a published author and poet.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Jan. 29, 2012