December 14, 2018
COLUMBUS — Howell Austin, 89, died Dec. 12, 2018. A private graveside service at Memorial Gardens and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Lowndes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Austin was born March 23, 1929, in Calhoun County, Alabama, to the late Orbie Riley and Berdie Steele Austin. He was formerly employed as a supervisor with American Bosch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Dennis Austin and Keith Austin. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Newsome Austin of Columbus; son, Tony Austin of Newton; daughters, Jane Harmon and Sami Austin, both of Columbus; sister, Dean Spurline of Anniston, Alabama; one grandchild; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.