Buster Austin, 107, of Huntsville, died Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, at Countryside Assisted Living. 

He was born Sunday, Oct. 20, 1912, in Penitentiary Mountain, to James Lee and Florence Hilburn Austin.

Born the year the Titanic sank, Buster saw the first airplane fly over Madison County when he was seven years old.  He helped build many of the roads around the Kingston area as the county grew. 

Buster moved to Washington State, where he was employed in the apple orchards for over 40 years before returning home to Arkansas. 

He married Gayle Eversole on Jan. 6, 2000, at Venus Mountain.  

He was a wonderful storyteller and remained active on his farm, including baling hay after turning 100.  Buster returned to Washington state for a visit in 2018, at the age of 105, making him the oldest passenger to ever fly out of the Harrison airport.  

Buster was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Vercie Dotson Austin; three brothers, Baxter Lee Austin, Omer Green Austin and Jesse Oren Austin; and three sisters, Katie Clyde Austin, Bertha Austin Near and Lola May Austin Burk.  

He is survived by his wife, Gayle Austin of the home; two stepdaughters, Cindy Combs and husband, Mike, of Witter, and Ginger Stanton and husband, David, of Goshen; one nephew, Danny Austin and wife, Darlene, of Kingston; one niece, JoySue Simkin and husband, Harold, of Osage; and many great-nieces, great-nephews, and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Brashears Funeral Home, with Frank Weaver officiating.   

Pallbearers were Butch Fancher, Ricky Austin, Douglas Burk, Lane Weaver, Donald Burk and Mike Combs.  Honorary pallbearers were Jack Watkins, Freddie Ficht, Danie Combs, Harold Simkins and Johnny Burks.  

Interment immediately followed services at Wharton Creek Cemetery. 

Services were entrusted to Brashears Funeral Home and Crematory of Huntsville.

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