Richard Lee Austin
Service Location: Historic St Luke’s Church
Service Date: July 19, 2019, 4:44 pm
Several years ago, the chancel door of Historic St Luke’s in Smithfield needed some attention. The curator, Richard Lee Austin, was wheeled down from the administration offices in his wheelchair, a necessity due to a stroke. Holding on to the cane he would use when he arrived, a six-year-old girl regarded him with his silvery white hair and beard and innocently inquired, “are you three hundred years old, too?” In his gentlemanly Southside Tidewater accent, he responded, “yeesss,” no doubt pleasing both the little girl and her father with his kind response.