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Otis Lee Austin

May 7, 1953 ~ May 22, 2020 (age 67)

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Otis Life’s Story

Otis Lee Austin 67 was born on May 7, 1953 to the union of James Austin Sr and Annie Grace Randall Austin in Kansas City, Kansas.  His parents; five brothers, James Jr.’ Tommie; George; Virgil and Warnell Austin; three sisters, Rosie Anderson; Mildred Jordan; and Anna Bruce; wife, Gwendolyn Morgan-Austin preceded him in death.

Otis was educated in the public schools of Kansas City, Kansas and was a graduate of Sumner High School class of 1971.  He professed a hope in Christ at an early age and united with the Calvary Baptist Church under the pastorate of the Late H. W. Bowen.

He was married to his childhood sweetheart Gwendolyn Morgan from 1982 to 1992 and to this union two daughters were born.  He was employed with Warwick Paper Company for many years as well as Sunshine Biscuits for several years.

Throughout his life, Odie as he was Called by his family and friends, set an example of what it is to be a supportive and loyal brother; a loving, caring, and devoted father, a loyal and faithful friend.  Otis favorite saying was “He might give out, but he will never give up.”  He truly loved his family and was truly loved by his family.  He was always there when needed and called upon.  Otis loved to fish and considerate himself as the best bar-b-quer of the family when it came to our family gatherings.  He also loved his football, even though KC Chiefs were not his favorite team.

Otis departed this life on Friday, May 22, 2020 at his home.

He leaves to cherish his memories, two daughters, LaToya Austin of Shawnee, Kansas; Azaleigh Austin of Raytown, Missouri; one granddaughter, Cheyann Morgan; two sisters, Effie Austin and Lendra Austin of Kansas City, Kansas; one brother-in-law, Gregory Bruce; four sisters-in-law, Brenda Hayes Austin of Kansas City, Kansas; Iona Mitchell-Austin; Veronica Douglas of Kansas City, Missouri and Francis Williams of Maricopa, Arizona; special cousin, Calvin (Zeke) Morgan of Little Rock,, Arkansas; a close friend, Juan of Kansas City, Kansas; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Flower by Cheyann Morgan

Life is like a flower, it begins as a seed, later a sprout, and finally a blooming flower, but like all things they must rest, the petals represent lived years, they fall and flow, spreading throughout and sharing it’s beauty with the one you loved.  I love you PaPa


Dear Brother, You never said that you were leaving us, are had a chance to say good-by only you and God know why you had to leave so soon.  I know you are in a better place, where you do not have to suffer any longer and depend on anyone.  It broke my heart when you left, but you did not go alone because part of me went with you.  Know that, I loved you and will see you again.  “love you always – Len”

He Only Take the Best

God saw that he was getting tired,

A cure was not to be,

So, He put his arms around him

and whispered, “Come with Me,”

With tearful eyes, we watched him suffer,

and saw him fade away.

Although we loved him dearly,

We could not make him stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,

Hard working hands to rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us

He only takes “The Best”.




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June 6, 2020

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Thatcher's Funeral Chapel
1520 North 5th Street
Kansas City, Kansas 66101

Funeral Service
June 6, 2020

11:00 AM
Thatcher's Funeral Chapel
1520 North 5th Street
Kansas City, Kansas 66101

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