The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 23, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Virginia Amick

BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia Amick, 92, of Bedford, formerly of Beckley, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

William Lee Austin

RAINELLE — William Lee Austin, 86, of Rainelle, passed away Friday, April 19, 2013, at Heartland of Rainelle, following a long illness.

Born June 1, 1926, at Alderson, he was the son of the late William Smith and Elsie Hedrick Austin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three wives, Ruby Austin, Elsie Austin, and Sylvia Fox Austin; a daughter, Judith Fury; a stepson, Riggie Redden; and a grandson, Christopher Fury.

Lee was a member of the Sewell Valley Baptist Church of Rainelle, and an avid antique car collector and showman.

He was a World War II Navy veteran, and was owner/operator of Oakhurst Upholstery for over 50 years.

Survivors include his wife, Arthena Keiffer Austin of Rainelle; two daughters, Marsha Richmond (David) of Bellwood, and Rosalee Gillespie (Kevin) of Lincoln, Del.; a stepdaughter, April Jarrell (James) of Whitesville; a sister, Mary Alderman (Carlos) of Fairlea; nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Mr. Ken Brackman and Pastor Fred Fryar officiating. Burial will follow in the Alderson Cemetery, Fletcher Addition, at Alderson.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Rainelle.

Shelva J. Pennington-Bittinger

Shelva J. Pennington-Bittinger, 70, of Beckley, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Billie Joe Breen

HINTON — Billie Joe Breen, 88, of Hinton, arrived in Heaven on Sunday, April 21, 2013,  after a short illness.

Billie was born on Tug Creek Mountain on December 18, 1924, to Mick and Lou Annie Breen.

Billie had lived his entire life in Hinton and was of the Baptist faith. For over 23 years, Billie ran his business, Breen’s Plumbing and Electric, before retiring to his farm on Tug Creek Mountain. Billie was a U.S. Army veteran, serving two years in Germany during World War II.

Besides his parents, Billie was preceded in death by all siblings: Goldie Bennett, Glenna Bennett, Evelyn Westmoreland, Eldridge Breen, Mike Breen, Ray Breen, Marie Breen, Ina Mae Scott, Lena Gay Breen and Beulah Switzer-Gill. Also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Jack Richmond.

Billie is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Janice Deeds Breen. Children, Carolyn Keaton, Debra Breen, Nancy Richmond, Peggy Janney and husband Brian, Lisa Bridges and husband Todd and only son, Jason Breen and wife Missy. Nine grandchildren, Beth, Audie, Nicole, Katrina, Keith, Brian, Matt, Carla and Emily. Sixteen great-grandchildren. Sister-in-law, Janet Breen, and special niece, Donna Sparks. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton, with Pastor Cecil Cox officiating. Burial will follow in the Breen Cemetery on Tug Creek Mountain near Hinton. Friends may visit with the family from 12 noon until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Grandsons and family members will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

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