HUNTINGTON — A Huntington man who had been in the wholesale seafood business for 20 years in Florida and then returned home and became a successful business owner after opening Jewel City Seafood in downtown Huntington has died.
Joseph Anthony Beter, 58, of Huntington, died suddenly Tuesday at his residence, according to his family.
“Joe hadn’t been feeling well, but we never thought he would be taken away from us,” said his brother-in-law, Richard “Dickie” Anderson. “He passed in his sleep Tuesday morning, so we have some comfort in that, but it has still been very hard on all of us.”
Amy Anderson, Beter’s sister, says her brother was known for his very kind and loving heart.
“He was very generous,” she said. “He always thought of others and tried to help anyone who asked him for help. He will be truly missed.”
The Andersons said the local family business will continue, just the way Beter wanted it.
“We want to keep his legacy going,” Amy Anderson said. “We feel a great responsibility to keep this business going, which provides jobs for 30 people in the community that are relying on us for their income.”
In the past, Jewel City Seafood, located at 1317 4th Ave., has been voted the best seafood restaurant in Huntington by readers of The Herald-Dispatch and Huntington Quarterly. It’s also been listed as one of the “Top 55 Things to Do In the State of West Virginia” by The State Journal. Under Beter’s leadership, during the month of Lent the restaurant is one of the most popular places to eat in Huntington.
“I got into the seafood business down in Florida, and when I turned 40 I moved back here when my father had some health issues,” Beter said in a 2017 interview with The Herald-Dispatch. “Our original location was on the corner of 28th Street and 5th Avenue. We were originally just a seafood market. We then started doing takeout seafood there. Then we moved here. This location used to be my grandfather’s grocery store.”
The business opened at its downtown location in 2000.
Beter was born March 22, 1960, in Huntington, the son of Joyce Ann Newton Pacer and the late George D. Beter. He was a graduate of Huntington East
High School and attended Wheeling Jesuit College.
Funeral liturgy will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church by Father Paul Yuenger, according to his obituary. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by three sisters, Marlene Moore of Orlando, Florida, Teresa L. Beter and Amy R. Anderson (Dickie), all of Huntington; nieces and nephews, Samantha M. Fleming (Stephen), Mason Anderson, Nikki Wilds (Nick); great-nieces and-nephews, Genevieve, Brooklynn, Cannon and Brady; and his girlfriend, Georgia Maynard.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Reger Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to Our Lady of Fatima Church Parking Lot Fund or Our Lady of Fatima School. Condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.com.