Julia Austin

Julia Austin, daughter of Ersel and Berma Clinkingbeard of Ava, Missouri, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 20, 2019, in West Plains, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gene Austin, her parents and sister Eleanor.

Julia is survived by her daughter Deborah Preston Nesbitt (Bill Nesbitt), grandsons James Christopher Preston and Austin Jay Preston.  She is also survived by her brother and his wife, Bud and Lavelle Clinkingbeard and their son Andrew.

Julia was a life-long educator starting in a one-room school at age 19.  She taught in the Springfield Public Schools, and was West Plain’s first elementary school physical education teacher and first elementary school counselor.  After retirement, Julia continued to share her knowledge and many skills with friends and family until shortly before her death.  The family would like to thank Lindel Kinder for the many years of love and care that she gave to Julia.

In lieu of flowers or funeral services, the family requests that Julia be honored by contributions to the Gene and Julia Austin Grizzly Basketball Endowment Scholarship.  Contributions can be mailed to MSU West Plains, 128 Garfield, Development Department, West Plains, MO 65775 or submitted online at the MSU West Plains website.

A visitation will be held Thursday June 27, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home in West Plains.


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3 Responses to Julia Austin

  1. Amber Redburn says:

    Mrs. Deborah Nesbitt and Family,
    I want to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family upon the loss of your Mother.
    You and your family will be in my daily prayers. I didn’t have your Mother as a teacher, but I did know her and thought she was a wonderful, caring person. While I was growing up on Monks Street your parents lived up over the hill from us and I knew them as neighbors as well. May God bless all of you.
    In Christian Love,

  2. Kirk Clinkingbeard says:

    Dear Deborah and Family, Bud & Lavelle,
    Julia was a wonderful, loving and beautiful lady. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    May the Lord give you comfort and strength during this time of loss.
    Take care.

    The Clinkingbeard Family, Florence, Brenda, Kirk and Toni

  3. Alice (Newberry) Vandergriff says:

    Debbie and family, I am so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember her well; she was one of my very first teachers at good ol’ Carmichael Elementary. You are in my prayers.