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Centennial History of Hurricane: Meet Some of Hurricane’s Oldest Families

In 1988, The Centennial History of Hurricane, WV was published to commemorate the town’s 100th anniversary. Since the Centennial History is now out of print, the Breeze is reprinting articles from the book as space allows. This week’s selection will be the 208th installment of the Centennial History.


Submitted by Pam Smith

Pam and Keith are both life-long residents of Hurricane. Although Pam was born in Sandusky, Ohio (December 15, 1950) and Keith was born in Ironton, Ohio (December 30, 1948), both their families moved to Hurricane shortly after their birth.

Pam attended Hurricane Elementary, Junior High and High School. May of 1968 to May of 1969, she attended Huntington School of Beauty Culture, and has worked at Fran’s Beauty Shop in Milton ever since. She attended Marshall University part-time September 1980 through September 1983.

Her parents are Everette and Thelma Carter, who are co¬owners of Carter’s Market in Hurricane. Pam has one sister, Teresa Carter Janeway, who now lives in Knoxville, Tenn. She has one living grandparent, Nancy Ann Carter of Teays Valley. Pam’s hobbies are reading and playing the piano. She takes care of K.P.’s Mini-Storage also.

Keith attended Hurricane Elementary, Junior High and High School, and from December 1968 to June 1969 attended St. Petersburg Junior College in St. Petersburg, Florida. From September 1969 to December 1970, he attended Marshall University. Keith and Pam were married November 16, 1970, at the United Methodist Church in Hurricane. In February 1971, Keith enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve and in April 1972 received an Honorable Discharge. He then enlisted in the West Virginia Army National Guard where he served 5 years in the 150th armored Cavalry. During those 5 years and since, he has been employed with Claxton Smith and Sons Concrete of Hurricane.

Keith’s parents are Claxton and Suzie Smith who own Claxton Smith Concrete in Hurricane. He has two brothers, Gary Lee and Claxton, Jr., (Jack) who work with him and a sister, Marilyn Sue Roberts, who owns and operates Small World Day Care Center in Milton.

Keith’s hobbies are snow skiing, water skiing and tinkering with old cars, when time allows.

Pam and Keith are very excited about the Centennial History of Hurricane and appreciate the opportunity to donate their personal history.


A digital copy of the Centennial History can be obtained from the Hurricane City Hall for a small donation. For more information, call the City of Hurricane at (304) 562-5896.

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