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Louis Davis Austin

On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, Louis Davis Austin, affectionately known as “Tip”, died in Chandler, Arizona. After a beautiful morning walk with the love of his life, he collapsed and was not able to be revived. He was 84 years old.

Tip is survived by his wife of 52 and a half years, Anna; their beloved children, sons Alexis and Daryl, daughter Arethea (Erwin), her husband Dan, and granddaughter, Chloe.

Tip was born on August 4, 1936, in Brenham, Texas to Bud and Ethel, his brothers Johnnie, Shelby and sister, Ethel. Tip enlisted in the Air Force in 1955, this started his love of traveling. Tip always had a thirst for knowledge and completed his education with degrees in Computer Science and Sociology. Tip was an avid music lover, especially jazz. He could listen to a record and tell you who was playing what instrument. He was an ace at cards and dominoes as well as a sport enthusiast. He was quick witted, appreciated a good cup of coffee and loved his hot sauce.

One thing not always immediately apparent when meeting Tip was that he was blind. Though some might label him as disabled, this was not a deterrent from Tip pursuing anything he put his mind to accomplishing, including college and entrepreneurship. He was successful in his secular achievements.

But he felt his greatest accomplishment was when he decided to join his wife by dedicating his life to be baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1972. He felt an obligation to share what he learned with others and signed up to participate as a full-time minister, he wanted to give Jehovah God his best. Tip found deep joy and satisfaction in helping others with their problems. He offered sound practical as well as spiritual guidance and viewed each person he met as a potential Brother or Sister. He took all of his responsibilities seriously and simultaneously did a full-time volunteer ministry and held a full-time job providing for his family, emotionally, spiritually and physically for many years.

Anyone who met Tip, would never forget him.

 

12 Comments

  • Arethea Erwin Posted May 21, 2021 3:26 PM

    My dad gave us a wonderful legacy. He was a man to look up to and hold in esteem. He was my hero and I was so proud of him. He was an exemplary God-fearing man and he walked the talk. He always maintained a realistic and positive attitude. He was a peacemaker and created a secure and nurturing environment for our family. I recognized that I was blessed and I’m forever grateful to have had a father like him. I aspire to be like him and will never stop missing him and the joy, comfort and love he brought to our lives.

  • Charlie & Grace Hale Posted May 26, 2021 8:34 AM

    My Dear Friend and Brother. I will miss razzing you about square dancing and country music(with photo evidence). Hope we can begin again in the new system.
    Anna use our shoulders and hearts to keep you going until TIPS resurrection. He will be able to see us very well than, so let’s practice running faster.

    • Mary G Payne Posted May 29, 2021 11:16 AM

      my Condolences to the Austin Family. My dear spiritually Bro.Tip will be dearly missed. I look forward to seeing you in Paradise. Anna I love you my dear and yes please use our shoulders to lean on and my our prayers keep you uplifted. May your memory of your dear husband not only bring tears but a smile knowing better days are ahead with everlasting life . Rev 21: 3,4

  • Vincent Neal Posted May 29, 2021 1:41 PM

    He was truly a dynamic and loving Brother. So much to learn from, and so much to miss. He truly made a mark in all of our lives.

  • Petra V Holland Posted May 29, 2021 1:46 PM

    Anna I was only in Chandler South Congregation for a year but I fondly remember both you and Tip being so kind and friendly. May Jehovah continue to take care of you until you are reunited with your beautiful husband. Petra-

  • Reinaldo Lugo Posted May 29, 2021 1:48 PM

    Tip was a special type of brother. We have so many fond memories of Tip and Anna from when we were in Chandler South. There is only one Tip. We will try to follow his example of love, faith and integrity. We are sending our prayers, encouragement and huge hugs all the way from Florida. -Rey, Dolly and Eden Lugo

  • Crystal Noble Posted May 29, 2021 4:06 PM

    Anna,, I am truly grateful to have met Tip. Truly, he had a a big heart , willing to embrace new friends and widen out in love. We all look forward to the day that we can welcome him back and share more memorable , cherished times together. . My condolences to your family.

  • Derek and Carla Oskouian Posted May 29, 2021 6:15 PM

    Dan, Arethea, Chloe, and Anna… after reading Tip’s obituary and then hearing today’s funeral discourse, we regret not getting to know this wonderful brother better. Thankfully, we have forever to look forward to. Imagine the possibilities when we aren’t shackled by the effects of inherited sin. Truly, what Jehovah has in store for us is ‘superabundantly beyond anything we could ask or conceive.’ (Eph. 3:20) In the meantime, continue to cherish your memories of Tip, your precious relationship with Jehovah, and the blessings that come from being one of his Witnesses. Your brotherhood will be there for you in the days ahead. We love you all very much.

  • John and Sharron Parker Posted May 30, 2021 8:35 AM

    Our prayers go out to the Austin Family during your time of great loss. I (John) can remember when Sharron and I were in field ministry and Tip and I went on a Bible Study. He knew more about what was in the Bible Teach book then I did and I had it open and was reading in it. What a powerful and encouraging example of faithful service.

  • Anne Dohn Posted June 1, 2021 12:23 PM

    Ann, my heart goes out to you for your loss! Tip was a character! Steadfast worshipper of Jehovah ! What a lovely example he provided all of s. I know he will be sorely missed. May our God of Comfort carry you now. Fondly, Anne Dohn and children

  • Daniel and Brianna Figueroa Posted June 8, 2021 9:08 AM

    I never had the opportunity to meet Tip. My wife and I had the privilege of being invited and attending the funeral and were able to learn a bit more about him and what a wonderful example he set. We can see from the attendance, the memorial talk and the comments how wonderful of a person he was, how much he loved our God Jehovah and how much love he gave his beautiful family and others. I have recently been reactivated after about 9 years out of the truth and my wife is learning it for the first time. This memorial service really touched our hearts and invigorates our desire to continue studying and progress so we can meet individuals like Tip and others in paradise. Thank you for having us and our love and prayers go out to the family.

  • Marlon Pullins Posted June 12, 2021 8:42 AM

    Tip and I shared a lot of laughs. I guess the best laughs we would have would be when I picked him up for early morning service and we would head to get his senior coffee from McDonald’s. His exact change would always get us going. He would blame Anna for not giving him folding money.

    It was always a pleasure to do anything he or Anna asked of me or my sons. There are so many memories I have of Tip. I recall once in service at the door, after we finished talking to the householder, I asked him “how did you get this nickname Tip?” His response “that’s grown-ups knowledge” all of us just started laughing.

    I look forward to seeing him again and I thank Jehovah for allowing his servant Louis to continue to shore up the spiritual foundation in me and mold me into the spiritual person I am today and I pray that I can be the same sort of concealment that brother Austin was to so many including myself.

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