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Irene Austin, 86, of Crossville, passed away on Oct. 2, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fairfield, Glade, TN. Irene succumbed to complications related to advanced Parkinson's Disease. She will be greatly missed by her family, many friends and the hundreds of students she taught as a career school teacher.
Irene was born Feb. 5, 1931, in Crossville, daughter of the late Franklin Arlington Lowe and Eliza Arva (Norris) Lowe. She was baptized at the Steven Gap Church of Christ as a youth. Irene taught school in Cumberland County for 36 years. After retiring from teaching, she served as a member of the Cumberland County School Board. Irene was well known for her fundraising efforts in support of local education and families in need.
She is survived by her son, Ltc. John T. Dooley, US Army (Ret.), San Diego, CA; sister, Aline Davis, Harriman, TN; and, sister, Lorene Barnett, Crossville.
In addition to her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her sister, Pauline Kerley.
Visitation will be held at Bilbrey Funeral Home on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Bilbrey Funeral Home on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at 10 a.m. Bro. Stephen Law, pastor of Daysville Church of Christ, will officiate. Interment will be in Hyder Cemetery. Following brief graveside services, Crossville Church of Christ will host a gathering for family and her many friends.
In lieu of flowers, Irene requested that tax-deductible donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research in the hope of finding a cure for this horrible disease. Parkinson's takes the bodies, minds and eventually the lives of victims.
Checks or cash donations may be left with the administrative office of Bilbrey Funeral Home. Alternatively, checks may be mailed directly to The Michael J. Fox Foundation at P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014. Please note "Tribute for Irene Austin" on your check. Telephone donations may be made by calling 1-800-708-7644 and providing your credit card information. Make online donations by going to: www.michaeljfox.org. At this website, open the "GET INVOLVED" tab. In the center of the page, open "Search Tribute Pages" and enter "Irene Austin." You can make your credit card donation at her tribute page. Please share this information. All donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on October 3, 2017
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