Richard Lee Austin

Richard Lee Austin

Portsmouth, VA
08.09.1935 - 07.14.2019

Richard Lee Austin, 83, quietly passed away on July 14, 2019 in his apartment in Portsmouth, VA in the presence of Frances Olsen, his friend and caregiver of 20 years. Richard was born in Suffolk, VA on August 9, 1935 to William Carroll Austin, Sr and Mary Alice Rose. He was predeceased by two sisters, Evelyn Kay Russell and Alice Pauline Austin and one brother, William Carroll Austin, Jr. He is survived by one sister, Marianne Austin DeHart, a brother, Roy Thomas Austin, and seven nieces and nephews. Working first as a reporter for several area newspapers, Richard’s enduring love was his 24 years as the Curator of Historic St Luke’s Church in Smithfield. A memorial service and internment will be held on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 4 PM at Historic St Luke’s Church, 14477 Benn’s Church Blvd, Smithfield, VA 23430. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Historic St Luke’s Church & Museum. Condolences may be offered at

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Historic St Luke’s Church
14477 Benns Church Blvd
Smithfield, VA 23430
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Dick was a dear friend to both me and to Roy A. Williams , who passed away earlier this year. Dick used to come to our home and visit and to our farm in Gloucester County, Virginia. We shared many wonderful years of friendship together. He will me missed.

Steve Cabaniss

Stephen D. Cabaniss

.I loving called Mr. Austin Grandpa Austin. I was very blessed to know him and be able to take care him. He was a very kind man. I enjoyed being able to hold his hand and pray for him and have talks with him. I miss him greatly.

Christie Disharoon

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