Billie Austin Beatty, 92, of (Newtonburg) Mahaffey, passed away peacefully at his home Monday, March 24, 2014.
Mr. Beatty was born June 30, 1921, in (Newtonburg) Mahaffey, a son of the late Willis and Elizabeth (Stigers) Beatty.
Aug. 18, 1944, he married Esther A. (Peace) Beatty in Hallton, Pa.
She preceded him in death Sept. 7, 2001, after 57 years of marriage.
Billie was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II.
While in the service, he earned the Good Conduct Medal and Sharpshooting Medal.
He was also in the CCC, having served at Parker Dam State Park.
Through the years, he worked at International Filler Co. in North Tonawanda, N.Y., on gas wells, in the underground mines and for several coal companies running heavy equipment. He retired from Benjamin Coal Company, where he worked as a dragline operator.
He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Church in Bell Township, Mahaffey, having served on the board as an elder and volunteer for Bible school.
He was also active in the church choir and participated in the Christmas plays.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, camping and woodworking and volunteering with the Boy Scouts, with which he completed a 20-mile hike from Clearfield to Camp Mountain Run several times.
He also enjoyed spending time with his family and teaching his
grandchildren many new and exciting things. He enjoyed making toys and rocking horses for children.
He is survived by three daughters, Kolene Parkes and husband William of Philipsburg, Cleo Yevchak and husband Joseph of Commodore, and Cindy Buchheit of Mahaffey; seven grandchildren, Jay Parkes and wife Morag Smith of Santa Fe, N.M., Ross Parkes and wife Melissa of Okinawa, Japan, Melinda Knapp and husband Joseph of Brush Valley, Lecinda Yevchak and husband Matthew Burnheimer of State College, Laura Yevchak and husband Cory Fulmer of Brush Valley, Jacob Buchheit and wife Jennie of Sun Valley, Calif., and Kari Buchheit and companion Nathan Nail of Greenville, N.C.; five great-grandchildren, Austin, Aiden and Aaron Parkes of Okinawa, Japan, and William and Sarah Parkes of Santa Fe, N.M.; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Elizabeth Yevchak; three sisters, Ethel Slavicsky,
Martha Myers and Nora Gatlin; and two brothers, Henry "Jack" and Blair "Tom" Beatty.
He was the last member of his immediate family.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at the McCabe Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the funeral home, with Pastor Tom McCracken officiating.
Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Clover Run, Mahaffey.
Donations may be made to Mahaffey Ambulance and Fire Company and Clearfield Hospice.
Online condolences may be made at mccabefuneralhomes.com.