Austin Taylor Rackley
1995 - 2017
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home
639 North Main Street
Greenville, SC
Austin Taylor Rackley


Austin Taylor Rackley, 21, of Greenville died Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Austin was born on September 4, 1995. He was a beloved son, nephew, grandson, cousin, friend, and team mate. His love of life, soccer, fishing, hunting, the lake and everything he did was evident by all that knew and loved him. Austin just completed his junior year at the Citadel in November. He will be missed more than he will ever know. We love you Buddy.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church Episcopal, All Saints Center. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carolina Elite Soccer Academy "CESA", 18 Boland Ct, Greenville, SC 29615.

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Published by The Greenville News on May 16, 2017.
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Christ Church Episcopal, All Saints Center
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Christ Church Episcopal, All Saints Center.
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My dear Austin you Aunt Ann misses you so much
and I just cannot believe you are here with us. I love you so very much and now you are up in heaven with your wonderful mom and the angels are watching over you, your mom and Papa Clark . One day we will all be together
Ann Jones
October 9, 2017
In memory of Austin. Rest In Peace
Laura Nicholson
June 1, 2017
My heart goes out to your family at this time. My son is in Sierra company and a junior also and said he knew Austin and really liked him. I cannot imagine your grief. Please know you will continue to be in our prayers. Sending lots of loving thoughts and prayers.
Kimberly Harlow
May 22, 2017
To the parents of Austin - I did not know your son, but I can honestly say I know how you feel. My son, Gregory Forrest Pope, also a Citadel cadet, was killed in a car accident on the way home for Thanksgiving in 2003. I know that Austin was an amazing young man....he was your son. I am so very sorry. I would love to talk with you at anytime you feel that you can. You could msg me on Facebook, or call me at 919-920-8381. You are on my heart. God bless you.
Suzanne Pope
May 21, 2017
Dear Tony, we're at a loss for words, so we send our prayers, friendship and love.
Sid, Diane,Ben and Emily Holt
May 18, 2017
Tony I am so sorry for the loss of your son. It has been quite a while since I have seen you but you were a very nice young man. I know that your mother and sister will help you get through this along with the Good man upstairs. Please take care and I hope I will see someday soon.
Brian Parris
May 18, 2017
Our family loved Austin. He was a special friend to Max and Emily, and we really enjoyed having him around our house.

Tony, you raised a fine young man. He was polite, kind, funny, and thoughtful. A real good soul.

He will remain with us every day because of how he enriched our lives.

Godspeed, Austin.
Malcolm and Milly Isley
May 16, 2017
This is tragic news of a well loved 'brother' in November Company at The Citadel, where he was part of a proud, honorable legacy of Christ Church men. Austin earned his own respect there and had just finished his junior year. We cannot explain such a great loss to our world but we know Austin has earned his Christian eternal rest. I send Austin's beloved father our deepest sympathy on this unfathomable loss. Rest In Peace, my brother. You will be missed.
Jay Gresham
May 16, 2017
Thinking of you, Tony. Our hearts break at the loss of your precious boy. I've had a soft spot in my heart for him for several years now, and this is a crushing blow...but I know it is nothing in comparison to what you are experiencing right now. We are so proud of his accomplishments at the Citadel. You raised a fine young man who will be sorely missed. Keeping you in our hearts and prayers Angi, Howie, and Meg
Angi Einstein
May 16, 2017
I am deeply saddened to learn of Austin's death. He was a delightful young man. I got to know him the last two years through his involvement in intramural athletics at The Citadel. He was an excellent athlete, gifted soccer player and a fine young man. He will be missed by many friends here at The Citadel; students, faculty and staff. May God be with all of Austin's family and friends during this time of great sorrow.
Henry Bouton
Director of Intramurals
The Citadel
Henry Bouton
May 16, 2017
So very sorry Tony for the loss of your son! Praying for you during this heartbreaking time. Tracy Gallant Walker
Tracy Walker
May 16, 2017
Austin was a student in my 101 and 111 classes. As a junior in the 111 course, he provided a more mature outlook. I could count on Austin to be and act real as we shared ethical dilemmas. The other students really admired him. I'm reminded of these Justin Moore lyrics: "My roots are buried deep here in this little town / And one of these days it's where they'll put me in the ground." Rest in peace, Austin.
Elizabeth Connor
May 16, 2017
Elizabeth Connor
May 16, 2017
Spending summer nights with him on the lake and by the fire are truly memories I'll never forget. He truly just wanted love and companionship, for someone to be there for him, as he was for everyone else. I'll always miss his devoted friendship and will always remember the chuckles that he would bring to anyone's day. Love you beyond words Rackley, you're finally spending mother's day with your mamma and the man upstairs.
Laima Alikhail
May 15, 2017
Our family is devastated by this profound loss of such a fine, upstanding young man - well loved at The Citadel and at Christ Church Episcopal School. Our son thought the world of him and his great promise. They were 'brothers' in November Company at The Citadel and at CCES. We pray for strength for this family and his many friends. His life was tragically short but meaningful and significant. We will not forget him.
Kathleen Jennings Gresham
May 15, 2017
Tony, and family, my heart and prayers go out for you at this incredibly difficult and tragic time. May your loving memories continue to sustain you and may you find peace knowing he is now with his mama again.
Laney Frick
May 15, 2017
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