Patricia R. Austell
Patricia R. Austell
  • March 3, 1925 - July 19, 2017
  • Greenville, South Carolina

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Patricia R. Austell, of Greenville, SC, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, July 19th at Rolling Green Village. Pat, 92, passed peacefully while surrounded by many that loved her, both family and caregivers, all whom considered her family. Born March 3rd, 1925 in Laurinburg, NC to Ernest & Ruth Richardson, she was the oldest of five children. Growing up in both Atlanta, GA and Richland, GA, Pat described herself in her high school scrapbook as “little & lively” and that was certainly true.

In 1943 Pat became a graduate of Mars Hill College, now Mars Hill University. While at “The Hill”, Pat met the love of her life, Harold Austell, and they married October 20th, 1946. In their 48 years of marriage, they were able to serve the Lord, serve Mars Hill University and travel the world together surrounded by their family and friends.

Pat has served as PTA President of Wade Hampton High School and continued to serve as a life deacon on the Board of Trustees for Mars Hill University. A member of Pelham Road Baptist Church and previous member of Edwards Road Baptist Church, she was a strong woman of faith who supported missions both prayerfully and financially throughout her life.

Pat knitted, cooked and baked for all those she loved and always rose to the occasion to host a special shower for a bride or mother to be. She will be most remembered as being a wonderful mother, adoring grandmother, devoted wife and dear friend to all who needed one. Her deep love for others, especially her family, is the legacy she leaves behind.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband, S. Harold Austell, her parents, and her two sisters, Maribel Groves and Etta Sue Carrier.

She is survived by her children Samuel H. Austell and his wife Jan of Baltimore, MD, J. Michael Austell and his wife Lucy, of Ascot, England, and Susan A. Holdway and her husband Gene, of Greer, SC, as well as her younger sister, Blanche Davis and her baby brother, M. Gib Richardson and his wife Freddie.

Pat is also survived by her seven grandchildren – Andrew S. Austell (Kat), Kelly E. Holdway, Jesse S. Austell (Sandy), Elisa S. Austell (Colin Lee), Randall J. Holdway (Kathi), Michael R. Austell and Caroline W. Austell; two great grandchildren – Elliot Curtis Austell and Reese Emily Lee; and by countless beloved nieces, nephews and extended family.

Arrangements will be handled by The Mackey Mortuary at 311 Century Drive, Greenville, SC. A visitation will be held on Friday, July 28th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Mackey Mortuary in the Garden Room. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 29th at 11:00am at Pelham Road Baptist Church, with a Gravesite service to follow at 1:30pm at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Earl, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mars Hill University, 100 Athletic Street, Mars Hill, NC.