Fermon "Dicky" Austin, Jr., loving husband, brother, uncle, and friend, peacefully departed this earth and went to glory on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Born on March 2, 1955, in Bastrop, Texas, he was the sixth of nine children born to Hazel Lemuel Thomas and Fermon Austin, Sr. Fermon accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at an early age. A brilliant athlete and smart student, Fermon attended Bastrop High School where he excelled at basketball, math and science. He learned carpentry in high school, became a master at his craft, and built a cabin on his property in Cedar Creek, Texas. He loved to spend time at his cabin surrounded by his Cedar Creek and Bastrop family. He knew how to make people feel welcome and will greatly be missed by all who knew and loved him. In his career as an accomplished printer for the State of Texas, he worked under the leadership of Bob Bullock. He also was an avid gardener and farmer who managed properties for Sonny Berry, owner of Berry Aviation, in Staple, Texas, and Mrs. Sally Berry, in Austin and Wimberley, Texas. He loved fishing, cooking, barbecuing, traveling, collecting coins and watches, and listening to jazz in his San Antonio man cave. Fermon was a devoted husband and family man who cared for his mother-in-law, Mae Joyce Cashaw during the final five years of her life. Mae Joyce adored Fermon and considered him as her son. He was a hero to his wife, Dr. Tommye Austin, whose life he saved in 2014. After a heart attack in 2004, Fermon suffered from congestive heart failure and related complications. Prior to his heart attack, Fermon had been in excellent physical condition, ate the right foods, and could work outside for hours. As his heart failure worsened, he was saddened that he could no longer perform the activities he loved. He was cared for by Dr. Kouroush Jahangir, his neighbor, who often made house calls because Fermon had an aversion for hospitals. The family is truly grateful for Dr. Jahangir care and compassion. Fermon was preceded in death by his beloved son, William Monroe Austin, brothers Robert McMarion, Tom Edward Limuel, William McMarion, his sister, Gale Castaneda, mother-in-law, Mae Joyce Cashaw, and Goddaughter, Nicole Willens. Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife, Dr. Tommye Austin, beloved mother, Hazel Lemuel Thomas, and siblings Alton Austin, Wilbert Thomas (Sonia), Shirley McMarion, and Linda Lee. Fermon was a beloved uncle and is survived by many nieces and nephews. He was especially close to his traveling companions Larry and Sandra Jackson, and Jeanette and Richard Walker. Special friends also include neighbors, our Maui Sands family, Dr. Kouroush Jahangir, Royal Abbit, Leon Berry, Jeff Wells and other Maui Sands neighbors.
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