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Gearld David Austin

Gearld David Austin, 58, of Atkins, passed away peacefully, Thursday,  August 23, 2018, at the AR River Valley Hospice Home.   He was born September 3, 1959, in Russellville to Bernell “Fatman” Austin and Ellen Sue Kendrick Austin.  He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Otis and Bertha Rhodes Austin, Fred and Cora Mae Heflin Kendrick; brother, James “Jim” Austin; niece, Traci Locke; brother-in-law, Bro. Frank Richter. 


He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Karen Austin; four children, John Morton & Katrina, Judsonia, David Austin & Kim, Hot Springs,  Stacy Morton, Russellville, Richard Austin & Brittany, Atkins; twelve grandchildren, Alyshia Morton, Harley Austin, Destiny McGee, Patrick McGee, Kara Gay, Kammi McGee, Ava Gay, Avery Austin, William Gay, Victoria Hathaway, Trevor Hathaway, Austin Morton; one brother and two sisters, Roland Austin & Sherri, Stillwater, OK, Sheila Bilby & David, Tulsa, OK, Sharon K. Clark & Mike, London; sister-in-law, Linda Richter, Russellville; brother-in-law, Larry & Renada Anderson, Owassa, OK; close family friend, Charles “Chuck” Berry and family; nephews, Michael Austin, Silas Clark, Charlie Austin, Eric Austin, Chris Bilby; nieces, Petra Davis, Michelle Hernandez, Mitzi Ashcroft, Diana Cochran, Rhonda Austin, Amber Tefertiller, Michelle Smith; numerous aunts, uncles other family and friends.


David retired after 30 years with ConAgra.  He was of the Assembly of God faith.   David loved life!  He had a heart for his family, small children, veterans and those in need. His driving passion for keeping the legacy of his father’s creation, Fatman’s Original Fried Dill Pickles was of the utmost importance to him. 

Fatman created the original recipe in 1963 at the Duches Drive-In in Atkins.  David was able to get the legacy of the Fried Dill Pickles in the Arkansas encyclopedia.  The family carries on the tradition of still serving these at the annual Pickle Fest celebration in Atkins. 


Visitation will be 5-7pm, Friday, August 24, 2018 at Russellville Family Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be 2pm, Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Russellville Family Funeral Chapel with Pastor Michael McNeely officiating. Burial will be private, in Bells Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Russellville Family Funeral.


Honorary pallbearers will be past and present Con Agra Employees.


Memorials may be made in David’s honor to AR Hospice River Valley Home.


Obituary and online guestbook are available at www.russellvillefamilyfuneral.com.

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I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family for the loss of your dear David. I hope that you will find comfort in the words of Jesus at John 5:28,29 where he promised that the day is coming when he is going to resurrect back to life those in the grave. And they will be brought back to a beautiful paradise. (Psalm 37:11, 29) Until then, it is just like they are sleeping. (John 11:11-13) May your family draw strength from Jehovah, the God of all Comfort.

Audra Chapmon Aug 25 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of David's passing. You are all in our prayers for comfort and peace. God Bless you always.

Terry & Karen Hartwick Aug 24 2018 12:00 AM

we are so sorry for the loss of David, he was for sure one of the good guys. God bless

Rocky and Pam Lewis Aug 24 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gearld Austin

Rocky and Pam Lewis Aug 24 2018 12:00 AM

An A Little Bit of Sunshine was sent on August 24, 2018

Sending our prayers for your family during this time. Jon, JJ & Carpenter Family

Expression of Sympathy Aug 24 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gearld Austin

Tony and Lynn Wyatt Aug 23 2018 12:00 AM

David was my uncle by marriage I will miss him. We had alot of fun together. You will be missed by all. With love Gail

Gail Rapp Aug 23 2018 12:00 AM

RIP Colonel had alot of good times working.You will be missed but not forgotten!

cecil foster Aug 23 2018 12:00 AM

Karen, Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family May you find comfort and strength in the loving memories that you shared with David. may God comfort you Carrie & Steven Parrish

carrie parrish Aug 23 2018 12:00 AM

Im so sorry to see this. David was a sweet,nice,great person,and I am glad he's out of pain and in peace. I will always remember his kind sweet soul from con agra. Prayers to Karen and family. Bonnie McDonald

Bonnie McDonald Aug 23 2018 12:00 AM

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