Oma Lee Austin, 87, of Walnut Ridge, entered into her heavenly home on Sunday, June 4, 2023, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro. She was born December 9, 1935, in Galveston, Texas to the late Carl and Lillian Hindman. She was united in marriage on December 22, 1954, in Walnut Ridge to Donald “Pookie” Austin. Oma Lee was a member of United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. She was a homemaker, and made a career of being a mom which she did until her last breath. Oma Lee was also a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.
In addition to her parents, Oma Lee was preceded in death by her husband; son, Kelly Austin; and daughter-in-law, Debbie Austin.
She is survived by daughters, Janet (Gary) Lawhon and Lorra Whitmire (Chris) both of Walnut Ridge; grandchildren, Austin (Morgan) Lawhon, ShayLee (Brad) Junkersfeld; great-grandchildren, Bentley Lawhon, Clayton Lawhon, and Brynlee Junkersfeld; her special birth family in Louisiana, and a host of other family members and friends.
Visitation will be Wednesday, June 7, 2023, from 12 until 2 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with funeral immediately following at 2 p.m. Glenn Smith and Dennis Dupuis will officiate. Interment will follow in Austin Cemetery in Walnut Ridge under the direction of Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are Austin Lawhon, Brad Junkersfeld, Steve Shrable, Rob Heard, Clay Inboden, and Jerry Adkisson.
Honorary pallbearers are Bentley Lawhon, Clayton Lawhon, Frank Wilson, Mike Nelson, and Marvin Cook.