Thomas Bruce Austin a resident of Union Community, Philippi WV died peacefully on June 7 in Harrison County after a long battle with cancer. Tom was born March 29 1943 in Grafton WV to Loretta Nancy Murphy Austin and Carl Bernard Austin. He attended schools in Taylor County. In 1960 he joined the US Army and was stationed in Fort Sill Oaklahoma. He was united in marriage to Leetta Sue Jones in Oct 1963 who proceeded him in death. Surviving is-
One son, Bruce Austin and wife Laurie Philippi, WV
One daughter, Nancy Austin and companion Tim Zickafoose Fairmont, WV
Three grandchildren Devin Evix and companion, Jason Lake of Belington Thomas Austin and wife Amanda, and Jesse Austin and companion, Becca Holbrook all of Philippi
Three great-grandchildren Chloe and Gabby Phillips and Connor Austin
Two brothers David Austin and wife Carolyn, Latrobe PA and Barry Austin and wife Sandra Grafton WV
Three sisters, Patty “Joan” Smith and husband Jim, Bridgeport WV, Linda Marks and husband John L of Salem Robin Robertson and husband Greg of Bridgeport WV
He was preceded in death by one brother, George “Mickey”Austin.
Tom was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren. He was a quiet man who listened more than he spoke. He was known for his great mechanic work. In his spare time he enjoyed building classic cars and hot rods, coin collecting, watching tv and reading. He had a big heart and a strong love for children and animals.
Friends will be received at the Wright Funeral Home 220 N. Walnut St. Philippi on Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 6-8 pm and on Monday, June 11th from 8-11 am the service hour with Rev. Dr. Danny Franke officiating. Interment will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery with military honors being accorded.