Austin H. Emery, age 85, of Mena, died Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab in Mena. He was born on Friday, February 20, 1931 to Austin Hallett Sr. and Anna Seaton Emery in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Austin served his country proudly in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict and met at a USO Club Barbara Harrison and married on August 11, 1950 in San Antonio, Texas. He soon started preaching and teaching in several Churches of Christ spanning over 50 years. Austin received his highest honors in life when he received his Doctoral Degree from Texas Christian University. He and Barbara moved to Mena in 1995 and started preaching and teaching at Northside Church of Christ for 18 years until his retirement. Austin served 14 years on the Mena Hospital Commission. He enjoyed studying the Word of God and spending time with his family. Austin was a loving compassionate, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Mark Emery; and one sister, Marian Scribner.
Austin is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Emery of Mena; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Rita Emery of Fort Worth, Texas; one daughter, Robin Emery; brother, Richard Emery of New York; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements will be Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Clarence Barnes, Pat Riley and Glenn Stepp officiating. Internment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be general.
Pallbearers will be Rex Dollar, Ira Armstrong, Pat Holder, Claude Webster, Alton Dollar and Charles Bates.
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