The Obit For Alvin Austin

Alvin Chester ‘Burr’ Austin

The Blackshear Times
Monday, January 23, 2012


Alvin Chester “Burr“ Austin, 87, of Blackshear, passed away early Monday morning, January 23, 2012, at the Satilla Regional Medical Center in Waycross.

Born in Smyrna January 6, 1925, he had lived in Pierce County since the late 1940s. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Philippines during World War II along with his brothers, the late J. C. Austin and the late Bob Austin. He went on to pursue a professional baseball career with the GA/FL League for the semi-pro Waycross Bears in 1948. Known as “the Fleetfooted Centerfielder”, he played with the Bears for three years before marrying Jackie Bennett in 1951. He decided to hang up his cleats and go to work with CSX Transportation so that he could support a family, have a retirement and insurance.

An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a former president of the Sandy Bottom Hunting Club. He loved to garden and share his vegetables with his family and friends.

He was a member of the Blackshear First United Methodist Church where he was in the Wesley I Sunday school class.

In addition to his brothers, he was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Paul and Eva Bertha Adair Austin; a grandson, Austin Moody and a sister, Vera Blackburn.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Jackie Bennett Austin, Blackshear; a daughter and son-in-law, Deena and Greg Moody, Adel; a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Tera Austin, Blackshear; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Corine and Walter Cates, Smyrna and Polly and Harold Brooks, Powder Springs; five grandchildren, Heidi (Clint) Rountree, Scott (Ann) Moody, Stephanie Moody, Paul Austin and Ashley (Ashley) Horne; six great-grandchildren, Eva Claire Horne, Jackson Moody, Colson Moody, Jed Rountree, Levi Rountree and Molly Rountree and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will take place from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, from the Pearson-Dial Chapel.

Interment will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.