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Mr. Austin Gilpin: Finest example of a Christian

'He and brother Lawrence led singings far and wide; They were treated as quasi rock stars when they showed up at these functions.' BJF
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By Billy Joe Fudge
I can still see Austin Gilpin's Great-grandfather, Mr. Austin Gilpin with his long sleeved work shirt buttoned tightly around his neck, big straw hat, and brown Jersey gloves helping us haul in hay in the summertime.

The long sleeved shirt however, was not just for hauling in hay. Most of the other men of that generation in the Flatwoods/Sparksville/Breeding Community wore them religiously both winter and summer.

I can still hear him warning my dad about letting me get too close to our farm pond since he had been seeing monster catfish out grazing in the late afternoon.

As a small child I knew better, but as an adult I've learned that a stimulated, imaginative mind can often lead to a productive and creative life. Somehow I believe Mr. Austin knew that also.

He was the finest example of a Christian that I can imagine. He and his brother Mr. Lawrence sang and led singing at churches and functions far and wide. They were treated as quasi rock stars when they showed up at those churches and functions.

I can still hear him affectionately singing to me when we would visit often in late afternoon "Can she bake a cherry pie Billy Boy, Billy Boy; can she bake a cherry pie, charming Billy?". I can honestly say, Mr. Austin, that although I am far from charming; she can indeed bake a cherry pie.

Yes, Mr. Austin was the real deal.

Austin, You should be proud; as I am sure you are, to carry the same name. -Billy Joe Fudge

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