Gail Austin

Aug 07, 2014

Loving Wife, Friend

WAYNESVILLE — Jeanette Gail Austin, 72, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at her home.

A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Pless and Jessie Heatherly White and was also preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Sandy Austin. She was a supervisor for Haywood County Animal Control where she retired after 19 years.  Gail had a true and compassionate heart for all animals and was always willing to lend others a helping hand. She enjoyed collecting dog and wolf figurines and loved her flowers.

Gail is survived by her husband of 19 years, Charlie Austin; a brother, Charles White, of Waynesville; two sisters-in law, Alice Heatwole and husband, Galen, and Mary Brown; two brothers-in-law, Wilbur Austin and wife, Phyllis, of Waynesville and Griff “Papa Bear” Austin, of Dylwin, Virginia; aunt, Susie Heatherly, of Candler; and special aunt, Addie Conard, of Waynesville; nephews, Josh, Tommy, Dalton, Richard and Jeremy; nieces, Emily, Kayla, Scarlet, Carolyn Brow and husband, Lee, and Betty Jo and Amanda Conard; great-nephew, Zach and her bullmastiff, Sadie.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with David Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at New Cruso United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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