Brenda Austin

Brenda Sue Austin (Edwards)

Friday, March 3rd, 1950 - Friday, January 24th, 2020
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Brenda Sue Austin, 69, of Elliston, gained her wings on Friday, January 24, 2020.

Brenda is remembered for being a woman with a heart of gold. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a cherished grandmother. Her love for people was unconditional, and without judgment. Her kindness knew no limits and she would do anything she could for anyone, even if it meant that she went without. Family was very important to Brenda, her most cherished times with her family during Christmas. She loved to decorate the house and be able to spend those precious moments with the ones she loved. Though her time with family was cherished, her heart was her husband John. Twenty-one years of love together, and spending they’re free time antiquing, gardening, bird watching, cooking, and doing crafts together. Brenda was beyond proud of her granddaughter for her upcoming high school graduation and plans for college. She beamed with excitement at the mention of it. Her legacy and love will be carried on by the ones she has left behind, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her father, James Riley Edwards.

Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 21 years, John Lee Austin; Mother Texanna Herndon; Son Charles Martin Burris Jr.; Stepdaughters Tracy Austin and husband Billy and Robin Goff husband Rodney. Brother Robert Edwards and wife Betty. Sisters Peggy Hickson and husband Bobby, Betty Dixon and husband Richard. Granddaughter Autumn Goff. Grandson T.J Wilkerson.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, from 6 – 8 p.m. at John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, Salem. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, in the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel. Interment will be held at Little Hope Cemetery immediately following the service.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home
    Address Not Available
  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Interment

    Little Hope Cemetery
    7448 Cove Hollow Rd
    Elliston, VA 24087
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Don and Jewell

Posted at 12:18pm
With heartfelt condolences,
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Linda McCrady

Posted at 10:37am
Brenda was the sweetest lady, No matter where we seen each other she would hug me and tell me how pretty I was (lol) she always made me feel special, I will miss her smiling face, Fly High sweet lady I know Jeffrey met you at heaven gate.
I will dearly miss you Love Linda Blankenship Green Mccrady

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Posted at 11:14pm
Mom, I just wanted to thank you for everything throughout my life. You have always been there for me. I love you and John loves his Little Woman.
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Melissa Parrish

Posted at 12:12pm
So very sorry Marty and all family for your loss. Brenda was a beautiful lady with so much style, grace and class. She worked tirelessly for her family. She was so kind and generous. Gone too soon. I know she will be missed.

Charles Burriss Posted at 12:20am

Thanks Melissa. She will continue to be missed. Hard to walk around her house without seeing her hand in the decor.

Tracy Mills

Posted at 05:01am
I'm so sorry for your loss. Aunt Brenda was such a sweet and giving person.

Charles Burriss Posted at 12:22am

Thanks for the kind words. She was one of a kind.

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