Charles Louis Austin

Born: Sat., Jun. 12, 1937
Died: Tue., Jun. 11, 2013


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sat., Jun. 15, 2013
Location: Chris King Memorial Chapel

Funeral Service

1:30 PM Sun., Jun. 16, 2013
Location: New Hope Baptist Church

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Chester- Mr. Charles Louis Austin was born on June 12, 1937, the tenth child of Sallie Lyles Coad-Austin and Porter Austin, Jr., her second husband.  On June 11, 2013 at Fairfield Healthcare Center in Ridgeway, South Carolina, he departed this earthly life.

Funeral Service will be 1:30 Sunday June 16, 2013 at New Hope Baptist Church in Blair, South Carolina with the Reverend Edward Cook, officiating. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. He will lie in state at the church from 12:30 until the hour of the service.

Charles attended White Hill Elementary School (formerly Will Lyles School) in Fairfield County, S.C. and the public schools of Chester County, S.C. after his family moved in 1948.  He graduated from Finley High School in 1958 where he served on the varsity basketball team.

He joined New Hope Baptist Church at an early age and attended several churches in Chester County.After graduating from high school, he moved to Newark, New Jersey, where he worked as a fork lift operator.  Later he moved to Baltimore, Maryland and worked in Columbia, Maryland as a fork lift operator for a number of years.  

After he became disabled, he moved back to Chester where he became involved in volunteer activities.  He was especially interested in the youth.  According to local residents, he fought hard for a recreation center for the children and each month he paid for a young child anonymously as long as he was financially able.  He was also an advocate for the water fountains to be placed in the Chester City Parks.

In 2003, Charles received a certificate in honor of Seniors Day presented by New Hope Baptist Church.  Also, in 2003, the City of Chester honored him with a plaque from the Chester Downtown Development Association, Inc. Volunteer Service Award and a $50 gift.  The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee honored him for his sincere dedication to the youth and the city.

He was devoted to his Alumni Class of 1958, the NAACP, and the MLK Committee and always sent his family information about their activities and booklets. Charles loved "Chester" and was happiest when he was allowed to be a "free spirit."

He Leaves to mourn his passing his sisters, Elizabeth Coad-Edwards and MayBelle Coad-Owens, Baltimore, M.D. and Rosetta Austin-Moore, (Caleb) Hillsborough, NC.; two sisters-in-law, Hilda Coad and Margaret Coad, Baltimore, M.D. and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Willie Coad, Robert Coad, Johnnie Lee Coad, James Coad, Richard Coad, Bailey Coad; and sister, Carrietta Austin-Stone.

Family members are grateful to those who assisted him after he became disabled, especially Chuckie Hardin, Florene Bell-Simpson, and the Class of 1958.

Viewing will be at the funeral home on Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

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