There’s a Happy Day at Hand
“We which have believed do enter into rest.”
There’s a happy day at hand, Hallelujah!
We have struck the Holy Land, Praise the Lord!
We have cross’d the muddy tide, Hallelujah!
We are now on Canaan’s side, Praise the Lord!
‘Tis the milk and honey land, Hallelujah!
We, by faith upon it stand, Praise the Lord!
It is rich in all we need, Hallelujah!
Living water, living bread, Praise the Lord!
Blessed land of holiness, Hallelujah!
Land of conquest, land of peace, Praise the Lord!
We have reached the happy shore, Hallelujah!
We will live in sin no more, Praise the Lord!
Tho’ the conquest lies ahead,
We shall conquer never dread,
All the land our feet shall tread,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
Alice Mae Austin arrived on December 11, 1959 in Sparkman, Arkansas to Daniel & Verlee Austin. She was better known to her family and friends as “HAPPY”.
Alice accepted Christ at an early age under the leadership of Rev. G.C. Cook. She attended Sparkman Training School until the year of 1971 when she moved to Oakland, CA. where she continued her education.
Sister Austin returned to Sparkman in 1979 and rejoined First Baptist Church under the Pastorate of Rev. L.T. Walker. Sister Austin was a faithful member serving wherever she was needed, especially in the kitchen.
Alice worked as a CNA at Riverwood Nursing Home, a line-worker at Tyson Chicken, Morris Automotive, and Value Line.
She had a great sense of humor and never met a stranger. She lived life to the fullest and was always HAPPY!
On Wednesday, August 10, 2011, surrounded by her children, mother and other relatives Happy slipped the surely bonds of this life and now rest in the arms of Jesus.
She was welcomed to her eternal home by her father Daniel Austin Sr. and her sister Gloria D. Hawkins.
Those left to forever cherish her love, sense of humor, and laughter are: her mother, Verlee Austin, Sparkman, AR; her love, Dexter Roscoe, Sparkman AR; her daughters, Rekina Jones (Dana) and Sherekia Craig (Rhesa) both of Arkadelphia; brothers, Daniel (Button) Austin Jr., Sparkman, AR and Eric S. Austin, Oakley, CA; two grandchildren, Michael Lea and Makayla Gentry, three Aunts, two uncles, two nieces, two nephews, and a host of cousins and several friends.
Alice will lie in repose at Williams Funeral Home on Friday, August 19th from 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.
A celebration of her life will be shared on Saturday, August 20th at 1:00 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church in Sparkman, Arkansas where Rev. L. A. Craig is the pastor and will deliver the eulogy.
The committal service and final resting place will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Sparkman, Arkansas.
Bearers of the casket will be Mr. Bernard Halton, Mr., Quinton Halton, Mr. Edward Henly, Mr. Darren Johnson, Mr. Kevin Johnson, Mr. Dale Bivens and Mr. Calvin Bullock.