Austin Keith Pendergrass

Austin Keith Pendergrass

Austin Keith Pendergrass
April 20, 2009 – September 6, 2022

KNIGHTDALE – Austin Keith Pendergrass, 13, died Tuesday.  He was born in Sullivan County, TN, to Jason Keith Pendergrass and Jessica Ann Spence Pendergrass.  He was a bright child who loved sea turtles.  He was preceded in death granddmother, Teresa Griggs, & aunt, Erika Spence.

He is survived by his father, Jason Keith Pendergrass, his mother, Jessica Ann Spence Pendergrass step father, Carl Faison Jr., siblings, Haylie Pendergrass, Connor Pendergrass, Brooke Pendergrass, Sienna Schelb, Aria Schelb, & Jeremy O’Neil, grandparents, Edward Pendergrass, Nancy Smith (Kevin), Mike & Julie Spence, great grandmother, Nancy Pendergrass, uncles, Matthew Spence, Jacob Wise, William Crank, Jr., aunts, Elizabeth Joyner (Ben), Jennifer Crank & God-Aunt, Jessica Harris.

Funeral 3 pm, Friday, Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory Chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell with visitation from 1:30 – 3 pm, prior to the service.  Burial will follow in the Wake Forest Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Wendell.


  • Vern Houston Posted September 8, 2022 11:36 am

    I am sorry for your loss may GOD KEEP YOU IN HIS ARMS AND GIVE YOU PEACE.

  • Larry A King & Karen J King Posted September 8, 2022 12:12 pm

    Sending our prayers to the family of Austin. May the happy times bring you peace.

  • Xochitl Valenzuela Posted September 8, 2022 2:49 pm

    Our condolences from my family to yours, it is incredibly sad to learn about how much Austin suffered at school we wish we could have met him my children would have loved to be his friends. We love Austin!

  • Bill Cooper Posted September 8, 2022 4:26 pm

    I would like to send prayers and condolences from my family to yours. So sorry for your loss..

  • Carla Posted September 8, 2022 4:31 pm

    He has gained his Angel Wings. Prayers for the family.

  • Gina Joyner Posted September 8, 2022 5:26 pm

    You are in our prayers and I love sea turtles too. May it help to know others care.
    The Joyner’s

  • Kathy Phillips Posted September 8, 2022 5:53 pm

    So sorry for your loss I will be praying for yall

  • dee jones Posted September 8, 2022 6:02 pm

    the moment this news became public my Heart broke into pieces/ my heart ached for Austin and his family/ I am praying that the family will be comforted and gain a measure of peace and understand and KNOW THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY is grieving the loss of Austin Keith/ your son will NEVER be forgotten! Positive changes in remembrance of your son Austin Keith/ Gaining his Angel Wings will be a lesson to all/ Please accept my condolences.

  • Kanika J Coleman Posted September 8, 2022 8:13 pm

    Praying for the family and friends of this special young man. Hold to God’s unchanging hands.

  • Leanne R. Posted September 8, 2022 8:23 pm

    I don’t know yall but your precious sons death has grieved my heart! May God’s Loving arms wrap you up in his peace ! Know there are many people praying for your family!

  • June see sanders Posted September 8, 2022 10:41 pm

    Rest in.peace.sweetheart

  • june sanders Posted September 8, 2022 10:53 pm

    Rest in peace Austin may the Lord take care of you and your family

  • Beth and Paul Rankin Posted September 9, 2022 12:13 am

    I would like to send prayers and condolences from my family to yours. So sorry for your loss
    Rip Austin

  • Jessica Alston Posted September 9, 2022 5:11 am

    RIP little angel

  • Rene’ Harris Posted September 9, 2022 9:41 am

    I am truly sorry for your loss. It’s so sad to hear the loss of a child for any reason but to have it happen so suddenly makes it that much harder to understand. I hope that you find peace in remembering the good times and can only hope that changes comes from this. It is so sad to think that anyone would feel this is the only way to escape the pain and hurt they may be suffering from. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Marquis & Rene’ Harris.

  • Bernadette Wortham Posted September 9, 2022 10:46 am

    Sincere condolences to you and your family

  • Maria Lewellyn Posted September 9, 2022 10:55 am

    As part of the NC community and as a parent my heart is broken over this. Sending my love to the family, friends, and to our community. – Maria Lewellyn

  • Fr. Mark Miller Posted September 9, 2022 2:46 pm

    To the family and friends of Austin:

    I’m sorry to hear about Austin’s death. I will pray the Office of the Dead for him. May he soon see the Lord face to face. Please take courage.

    Fr. Mark Miller

  • The Noel Family Posted September 9, 2022 4:03 pm

    We are so very sorry you were hurting Austin! We hope the family can heal in knowing he is at peace. Rest peacefully sweet boy!!

  • Ollie Lofton Posted September 9, 2022 6:17 pm

    I didn’t know Austin, yet this hurts and I will be praying for the family. Remember, weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

  • Fonda Gail Burke Posted September 9, 2022 10:09 pm

    I did not know your son or family but I am so sorry for your loss.
    Sending prayers and love to the entire family
    May your son rest in peace

  • Joy S Posted September 10, 2022 1:53 am

    My deepest sympathy to all of you. Rest in Peace handsome boy! Heaven gained a beautiful angel.

  • Stephen Kosnik Posted September 11, 2022 10:09 am

    My soul is breaking for your loss. I have no words that I can say that can express my true feelings. Saying that I’m sorry seems so small. He was a beautiful boy. May the fates offer you and your family peace. And may Austin find eternal joy and friendship.

  • Jackie Kosnik Posted September 11, 2022 10:13 am

    As a parent, I can’t even grasp the depth of your pain. God bless your family and bring peace to you and that beautiful child.

  • Charlotte Mckenzie Posted September 11, 2022 4:31 pm

    I was heartbroken to hear about Austin. I’ve never met him but he just seemed like such a beautiful and amazing boy. I will always hold a special place in my heart for him. My sincerest sympathies to his Family.

  • Lisa Peoples Posted September 12, 2022 9:32 am

    I am so sorry for your loss! This truly breaks my heart! May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.
    Praying for you and your family!

  • Robert Higgins Posted September 13, 2022 12:17 am

    This is so heartbreaking! I was bullied all during middle and high school, and I still have the emotional scars. And yet, I cannot imagine how much your little boy was pushed so far. I offer my thoughts, prayers, and sincerest condolences. Such a sweet and caring boy who had so much to live for. I hope that his memory may be a force for change in his school and community. May his love and memories and the support of all who care be a comfort for you and your family. Please know that as wide spread as his story has become online and on social media, do not hesitate to ask for help from all those who read and wish to share in your grief.

  • Russell Howe Posted September 15, 2022 12:47 am

    I read the story about your son and was distraught. when I saw that picture of him holding the trombone I cried like some grandmother. I couldn’t stop. then I realized a truth. he is absent from the body and face to face with the lord Jesus christ. no more sorrow. no more tears. for the old things have passed away and behold all now is new. he is now surrounded by a gentleness that this world hates. this is the devils world and his minions who hate that gentleness, like that in Austin, made his life hell. I have news for them. they, if they don’t come to a full knowledge of christ, will be dealt with by a justice that this world won’t see but it will be measured out. austin enjoy your place and all the glory that surrounds you now.

  • Troy Simpson Posted September 16, 2022 5:10 pm

    I heard about this story in the news. The loss of this beautiful and gentle soul has rocked me to my core. My heart is filled with a great and unimaginable sadness. We will never forget you Austin Keith Pendergrass. I pray for Heaven’s Angels to surround your family and friends with comfort to help them through this difficult time.

  • Kindred Family Posted November 6, 2022 4:02 am

    Sending our deep heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your precious son, Austin. No words will ever take the heartache of this pain away but please remember that others do care also. Austin is very sadly missed and will always be remembered. With each day may God give the strength and help as your family tries to cope with this great loss.

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