Patricia Austin Luther

April 19, 1946 - May 21, 2019
Patricia Austin Luther

Patricia Austin Luther, age 73 of Wilmington passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center.

She was born in Memphis, TN on April 19, 1946 to Casper Marion Austin and Frances Justice Austin.

She graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, NC in 1964, and from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, with a degree in English in 1972.

Patricia (Pat) was a member of Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church in Wilmington, NC. She was a dedicated law enforcement officer, starting as a New Hanover County Deputy Sheriff, then retiring after 25 years of service as a North Carolina State Probation and Parole Officer, later returning as a civilian with the Sheriff’s Office for 8 years. She was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Kent Luther; three sons, Paul Leon Pfeifer and wife Tracy, Christopher Scott Luther and wife Shanna, and Evan Kent Luther; three grandchildren, Benjamin Wesley Pfeifer, Morgan Elizabeth Luther, and Austin Thomas Luther; her cousins Ann Middleton and Bill Justice; a sister-in-law and caregiver, Robin Harts and husband Greg; and granddog 1st Sgt. Stan. She was preceded in death by her loving aunts Ruby Justice and Clara Justice.

Memorial service will be held at 11 am Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church in Wilmington, NC.

In lieu of flowers, Pat requested that memorial contributions be made to Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church or Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

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  • May 24, 2019
    Edward Ramsey says:
    Pat, was a very beautiful and sweet woman, inside and out..She was our neighbor for many years and I will truly miss her. I pray for Richard and all the family during this sorrowful time, May the Good Lord keep you all

  • May 26, 2019
    Deborah Bell says:
    Over the years as your newspaper carrier, I came to appreciate what a truly brave woman Ms. Pat was in her display of such courage & positive spirit. I'm so saddened to learn of her passing & offer much thought & prayers to the Luther family as you engage in the many emotions over the loss of your dearest loved one. May God soothe your hearts and provide healing throughout time that will enable you to exchange your sorrowful tears with smiles as you remember such a fine lady. Peace be with each of you.

  • May 26, 2019
    Ken Lancaster says:
    My wife and I are do saddened to hear of Pat's passing. We did not know of her illness. We met Pat and Richard when our Son was enrolled at UNCW. We became great friends and we pray Richard and the boys peace knowing she is in a better place.

  • June 20, 2019
    April says:
    My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I hope you find comfort in the scripture at Acts 24:15. This is what our God Jehovah promises for us all. And we can look forward to what is written in Psalm 37:9-11 and 29.