Mr. Chesley Austin, age 78, of Fayette, passed away Friday, January 27, at the DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2- P.M. from Nelson Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Andrews Chapel Cemetery. Rev. Stan Willis will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday one hour prior to service time from 1-2 P.M. at the funeral home. He was preceded in death by a son: Stephen Chesley Austin, and his brother: John O. Forgie. Survivors include his wife: Venice Levenua (Ezell) Austin, daughters: Brenda Gayle Budke (Barry), Teresa Ezelle Ramsey (Rick), and Angela Lea Caliguire (John), and three grandchildren. He was born in Fallon, Nev. He was a Chico State graduate, receiving an NDEA Scholarship from John Emory University. He was a professor of linguistics and a published author and poet.