Esau‘Big Buster’ Austin -- Orangeburg

2012-06-10T00:01:00Z Esau‘Big Buster’ Austin -- Orangeburg The Times and Democrat

A celebration of life for Esau “Big Buster” Austin, 58, of 721 Norway Road, Orangeburg, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2012, at Mount Nebo United Methodist Church, Orangeburg, with the Rev. Joanne Walker-Brown, pastor, officiating.

The casket will be placed in the church an hour prior to the service.

Esau was born Feb. 21, 1954, to the late Daniel Amos Auston and Adell Pam Austin. He was affectionately known to his family and others as “Buster.” He enterd into eternal rest on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at his residence after a brief illness.

Esau received his education in the Orangeburg school district. At an early age, he joined Warren Chapel Baptist Church and later in life, he joined Mount Nebo United Methodist Church.

Esau was well-liked and admired by many relatives, friends, neighbors, and all those who were fortunate enough to know him. He loved children and children loved him. His was a life of smiles. Esau was lovable and cheerful with a gentle laugh and a sense of humor. He loved music and liked to fish. He was a member of his high school jazz band. He also played with an entertainment band. He was a very good saxophone player. He was also a very good basketball player.

Esau worked for Stone Container for many years and Dempsey Wood Products before becoming disabled.

Esau was married to the late Josey Bonaparte. Through this marriage, they were blessed with three children. He later married Margaret Wolf-Sprinkle. Through this marriage, they were blessed with two children.

Esau was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Amos Austin; his parternal grandparents, Esau and Maggie and Amanda Austin; his materal grandparents, Jackie and Essie Pam; a son-in-law, Troy Guest; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mattie M. Wolfe and Willie Funderburg; and a son, Talmadge Ishmael Sprinkle.

Esau leaves to cherish fond memories his loving and caring wife, Margaret Ann Wolfe Austin of the home; a daughter, April Austin Guest; eight sons, Tyrone (Katie) Austin of Orangeburg, Patrick (Vernetta) Austin of St. Matthews, Brandon Austin, Ahkeem (Paige) Austin, Louis (Dominique) Sprinkle, Dawayne Sprinkle, Lamario (LaTasha) Sprinkle and Ricardo Sprinkle, all of Orangeburg; his loving and devoted mother, Adell Austin of Orangeburg; three sisters, Dannie (Robert) Mays, Rosalee (Thomas) Houser and Jo Ann Austin, all of Orangeburg; 28 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his loving cousin, Betty Davis, whom he called his second mother. Esau was loved very dearly by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John Wolfe, Marion (Phyllis) Wolfe, Edward Wolfe, Nathaniel Wolfe of Atlanta, Leroy (Thomansia) Wolfe of Simpsonville, Roylee Wolfe and Darryll (Correthea) Hampton, both of Orangeburg, Deloyce Higgs of Landover, Md., and Mary (Robert) Jamison of Orangeburg. Esau also leaves to mourn three of his best friends, Earl (Joyce) Livingston, Leroy Prophet and Mike Douglas. He leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and other relatives.

The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Bethea’s Funeral Home, Orangeburg.

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Friends may call at the residence and the funeral home.

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