MAURY COUNTY NATIVES AND
FORMER RESIDENTS INTERRED ELSEWHERE.
AUSTIN, Paul Drewy, was born in Maury County Tennessee on August 28, 1912. His parents, Charles Harris Austin and Otie Eva Kerr were natives of Lincoln County and Maury County respectively. Paul married Ruby Lee Barlar during 1940. Ruby was born September 21, 1912 also in Maury County. Ruby resided at the time of their marriage with her parents Thomas Jefferson Barlar and Lela May Coffee. The T. J. Barlar farm was about one mile down Covey Hollow Road toward the highway 31 from the Charles H. Austin Farm. Upon their marriage the couple moved to Town Creek, Alabama where Paul began work at Reynolds Aluminum Company in the eastern part of Colbert County. Later they moved to Sheffield Alabama and during the early fifties out to eastern Colbert County where they lived out their lives in the Hatton and Old Brick Presbyterian Community. Born to Paul and Ruby were six children, Joyce Ann b. 1941; Warren Drewy b. 1944, Cecil Wayne b. 1946, Ernest Edward b. 1947, Mary Eva b. 1950; Ethel Ameree b, 1952. Paul & Ruby were dedicated to their family. Paul & Ruby had many friends, and possessed a love of the academic subjects. He & Ruby were active members of the First Church of the Nazarene in Sheffield Alabama for some forty years where they served in various capacities.
spent his productive life as a furnace operator for the worlds largest Aluminum
manufacturing plant, Reynolds Aluminum Company.
He controlled the temperature of the huge gas furnaces that molded the
ingots. He worked in an era in
which the American metals industry was dominant throughout the world. Paul Spent
35 years with the Company, from 1940 to 2/1/1975.
Paul was a deeply religious man. The Great Depression prevented Paul from
getting a degree, as his older brother and two older sisters had.
However, he obtained a technical college degree in drafting. Ruby was a homemaker.
Paul descended from the following persons who are early pioneers and
inhabitants of Maury County.
Kerr, circa 1812; James W Austin
who came from Lincoln County about 1890; James
D. Ausban to Giles County during the 1820's;
Robert Crockett who came to Giles County about 1809, James
Warden came about 1806.
is a descendent of the following persons who are early inhabitants of Maury and
Old Brick Church & cemetery is located in the eastern part of Colbert County near the Ford City and Old Brick Church Communities. This is near the County Line Road so called because it was at one time the road that spanned the eastern side of Colbert County, Alabama.
Old Brick Church historical marker. The cemetery is on our right 50 yards.