Beth McKnight Austin

Funeral services for Mrs. Beth McKnight Austin of Winona will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 27, in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Oakwood Cemetery in Winona. Rev. Randy Bridges will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Jamie Pyron, David Costilow, Mark Austin, Gene Costilow, Tommy Palmertree, and Eddie Blaylock. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Heath, Bud Martin, Morgan Mills, and McKenzie Johnson.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 27, from noon until service time at the funeral home.

Mrs. Austin, 79, passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital in Winona. She was born to Woodrow and Margie Atkins McKnight on September 3, 1943. She was a member of Moore Memorial United Methodist Church in Winona and served as Montgomery County District 1 Election Commissioner. Before retiring, she was the Food Service Supervisor for Montgomery County School.

Mrs. Austin is survived by her husband, Jackie Austin of Winona; daughter, Cathy Palmertree of Winona; sons, Chris Costilow and Ryan Austin (Anna) both of Winona; grandson, Morgan Mills and fiancé Gracie Turner of Winona; and a host of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Carol Bachio and Cindy McKnight, and brother, Woody McKnight.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at

20 thoughts on “Beth McKnight Austin

  1. I am so sorry to hear this. Beth was a great person and one that I considered a friend. We worked together on many Findagrave projects and she was always so sweet, helpful and considerate to everyone. Prayers and Condolences for the Family during this sad time. She will be missed immensely, but we will see her again. She is truly in the care of our Savior Jesus Christ.

    Ron Collins
    Florence, MS (formerly of Vaiden)


  2. I am in shock! Beth was such a fine person. Beth documented so much of Montgomery and Carroll counties history in her contributions to She and Sally Crowder Bennett were a team! I will be remembering her family in my prayers in the days to come. When I say that she will be missed, a truer statement was never made.


  3. I am so sorry about Beth. She was a sweet friend. Her contributions to Montgomery will be a lasting tribute to her. Praying for all of the family.


  4. I was so heart broken to hear about the passing of Ms. Beth. She was a sweet neighbor. I will miss seeing her on the hill. She is in the arms of our savior…I pray to see her again!! Praying for the family!! Love Always

    Mary Purnell



  5. My heart is broken over the news of Beth’s passing! We have been friends for many, many years. we attended 2 fun years together at Holmes Jr., then our friendship grew as we were next door neighbors when our children were preschool age. Many afternoons we visited and shared “secrets” while we watched our children play together. The last few years we have enjoyed our HJC Reunions together. It was always fun to be with Beth. Jackie, Cathy, Chris, and Ryan we are praying for each of you at this sad time. May God bless and comfort each one of you in the days ahead. We all will miss Beth greatly!


  6. So Sorry to hear of Beth’s death. This has been very hard to grasp. Beth was such a kind and sweet lady. My prayers go to her family and all her friends during this sad time. She will be missed.


  7. So sorry to hear of your loss. She was a very sweet and kind person. My prayers are with Jackie and the family.


  8. Though we never met, I considered Beth a good friend. She helped me out so much and taught me a lot about Find A Grave. I am so sorry for your loss. I will certainly miss her.


  9. I am so sad to hear of Beth’s passing. We were friends at Holmes Junior College then shared an apartment in Jackson when working there after graduation. So many wonderful memories. Keeping her family in my thoughts and prayers.


  10. I am still in such shock! I just cannot believe it. I loved Beth so much as we grew up together, in school at Winona & then she & Jimmy moved next door to Mother (Ella Mae & Noble Brown). Still lived there with Jackie. We would talk on phone some & e-mail back & forth. She would catch me up on all the local news as I live in Jackson. Kenneth & I thought the world of Beth & Jackie. Jackie, we are so sorry for your loss as well as her family. She was such a sweet & caring person. She is in God’s loving hands now. I will miss her greatly.


  11. I was so sad to learn of Beth’s passing. I had planned to be at our class reunion back in October but was unable to attend. I know she and Shirley carried a lot of the responsibilities for our class in preparations. She always went beyond the call of duty. She was like that. RIP


  12. I am so sorry to hear about Beth. I considered her a good friend. She will be missed, my heart goes out to yall. For sure, she was one fine Southern Lady.


  13. Beth was an honorary member of our Class of 1969. What a lovely person. She has several times helped me find information and I had planned to thank her in my next book. I still will thank her in the book. Jackie, I am so sorry you are having to again go through the death of a well-loved wife.


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