Touring in style

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Billy and Imogene Hill smile as they start their tour in a vintage 1966 Ford Fairlane convertible driven by Danny Barie. The couple recently celebrated their 60th anniversary at the Princeton Railroad Museum. They attribute their long, happy marriage to ‘putting God first in their lives,’ according to their daughter Renee.

PRINCETON — The Princeton Railroad Museum has hosted many events during its existence, from West Virginia Day celebrations to school groups. Recently, it housed a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the marriage of (William G.) Billy Hill and Alice Imogene Shrewsbury Hill with 60 people in attendance, including the couple.

According to the couple’s daughter, Renee, Billy, 86, and Imogene, 78, both natives of Rock, met in 1957. when Imogene was a senior in high school.

“Their first date was Valentine’s Day. 1957. They went to the old Bluefield Auditorium to a gospel concert by the Chuck Wagon Gang. They married on June 28, 1959 and throughout their marriage they attended many gospel sings and they love gospel music just as much today as they did in 1957. Church attendance is a very important part of their life and they attribute 60 years of wonderful marriage to putting God first in their lives.” Renee said.

Billy Hill worked in his father’s sawmill and timber business, selling props to area mines, before going to work for the Mercer County school system as a bus driver for 31 years. He also served the Wesley Chapel Church on Wright Mountain as its pastor for 20 years.

On June 28, Renee surprised her parents with a ride in a 1966 Ford Fairlane convertible driven by Danny Barie. The ride began at the fountain at the corner of Center and Mercer streets and proceeded down Mercer street to the Railroad Museum. They were greeted by family and friends singing Happy Anniversary as they arrived at their celebration.

Contact Jeff Harvey at delimartman@yahoo.com