Jay Lee Austin

September 7, 1954 ~ April 27, 2022 (age 67)


Jay Lee Austin was born September 7, 1954 to Roy Frederick Austin and Mearle Lovene Tivis in Duncan, Oklahoma. Jay passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at the age of 67.

Jay graduated from Duncan High School in 1972. He then met Vickie Stricklin and they married December 30, 1976. They settled in Duncan and raised 3 children until the time of Vickie’s passing in 2005.

Jay went to work for Goodyear Tire in 1982 in Lawton, working as a tire builder for 35 years until the time of his retirement in 2017. Anyone who knew Jay knew he was a worker. He worked hard and he loved his job. He was always willing to go the extra mile working overtime any time he was needed.

In Jay’s life, he enjoyed watching OU and Dallas Cowboys football, camping and fishing. He loved spending time with his grandkids.

Jay later met Rita Dees of Comanche and, after many years together as a couple, they married.

After a rapid decline in his cognitive health, it was determined he had an aggressive form of Alzheimer’s. Jay spent the remaining 2 years of his life at a memory care unit where he passed suddenly.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Vickie Austin.

Jay is survived by his wife, Rita Austin; three children: Michelle Harrell, Gary and Missy Strong, and Barri and Amanda McCauley, all of Duncan; five grandchildren: Cody McCauley, Thomas David Strong, Morgan McCauley, Emma Strong, and Bre McCauley; three brothers: Fred and Rowena Austin of Mobile, Alabama, Tom Austin of Michigan, Jess and Marilyn Austin of Meridian; the children’s grandmother, Dorothy Stricklin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 A.M. Monday, May 9, 2022, in the Whitt Funeral Home Chapel with Billy Rowell officiating. A private family inurnment will be held at a later time.

Memorial donations can be made in his honor to either Brookdale Senior Living in Oklahoma City or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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May 9, 2022

10:00 AM
Whitt Funeral Home Chapel
4748 N. Highway 81
Duncan, OK 73533

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