Martha Cook Austin, age 81 of Blowing Rock, greeted her Jesus with open arms and praise in her heart on Thursday, April 7, 2022.
She was born in Lincoln County, a daughter of the late McOvie Larn and Darles Leona Poole Cook.
Martha was a prayer warrior for everyone. She dearly loved her family, her pastor and his wife, and all of her church family.
We weep for ourselves but rejoice for her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by seven brothers, Jimmy Dean Cook, Stevie Eugene Cook, J. C. Cook, Larn Cook, Andy Cook and Robert Edward Cook. Also four sisters, Brenda Faye Cook, Helen Leonia Wellman, Kathy Flynn and Nita Ricker.
She is survived by two sons, Jack Austin, Jr. and wife Sue of Vilas; Jonathan Austin and wife Lorraine of Mountain City, TN; and a daughter, Sharon Austin Whittington and husband Dennis of Purlear, NC.
She is also survived by two sisters, Ann Pruett and husband Boyd of Lawndale, NC., and Jane Lail and husband Tom also from Lawndale, NC; one brother Michael Cook and wife Kathy.
Six grandchildren, Jackie, Amber, Danielle, Jessica, Laura Rose and Joshua.
Two great granddaughters, Madelyn and Kylie.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, April 10, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Cool Springs Baptist Church, 1938 Payne Branch Road, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. Burial will follow in Cool Springs Cemetery. Officiating will be Pastor Wesley Lee and Pastor Burl Greer.
The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Monday prior to the funeral services.
Flowers are accepted or Memorials may be made to Cool Springs Baptist Church, c/o Burl Greer, 341 Cool Woods Drive, Boone, NC 28607.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Austin family.