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Centennial History of Hurricane: John Ray and Nellie Irene Thompson

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 231st installment of the Centennial History.


Submitted by Karen Turner

Nellie Irene Thompson was married to John Ray Thompson. He was born in the year 1909. He was employed by South Charleston Carbide for 22 years. His sisters are Carrie Jordan of Hurricane and Wilma Holstein of South Charleston (deceased). He was stricken by a heart attack on Saturday, June 20, 1964, in Milton at 55 years of age. Alley and Casdorph Funeral Home performed the services. He was buried at Cunningham Memorial Park of St. Albans.

Nellie’s brothers are Ernest Bailey of Black Fork, Ohio (deceased), Alvin Bailey of Alexandria, Ohio, Elvie Bailey of Sebewaing, Michigan; and her sisters are Annise Daniels of Columbus, Ohio, Mary Meadows of Lesage, WV.

Their children are Charles Ray Thompson of Scott Depot, Roy Lee Thompson of St Albans, Charlotte June Chandler of St. Albans, Phyllis Dreadfulwater of Oklahoma, Beverly Greene of Florida, Betty Jo Moderzadeth of Iran (deceased). Nellie died on Monday March 4, 1963, at Thomas Memorial Hospital of South Charleston. She was 51 years old, 11 months, and 25 days. Her funeral was performed on Thursday at 2:00 by Dr. C.E. Caldwell at Alley & Casdorph Funeral Home. She is buried at Cunningham Memorial Park of St. Albans.

Charlotte June Chandler (Thompson) was born on September 8, 1932, in her parents’ home in Hurricane. She married on April 23, 1951, at the Church of God parish of St. Albans. Services were performed by Rev. J.G. Selvidge. Her brothers are Charles Ray Thompson of Scott Depot, Roy Lee Thompson of St. Albans and her sisters are Phyllis Dreadfulwater of Oklahoma, Beverly Greene of Florida, Betty Moderzadeth of Iran (deceased). Charles Russell Chandler was born on August 1, 1925, in Spring Hill. Their children include Russell Ray Chandler of Georgia, Gary Wayne Chandler of Florida, Karen Lynn Turner of Hurricane, Mary Jane Chandler of St. Albans, James Alvin Chandler of Dunbar, David Allen Chandler of Florida, Virginia Irene Hinkley of St. Albans, Donald Lee Chandler of Florida.

Her eldest daughter is Karen Lynn Turner of Hurricane. She was born on Monday, December 6, 1954, in Thomas Memorial Hospital at 9:29 p.m. She weighed 6 pounds, 1 oz. She was married on December 8, 1973, in the Penecostal Holiness Church of St. Albans at 7:00 p.m. Her hobbies include reading and working puzzles. She married James O’Trenton Turner, who was born December 12, 1950, in the Marlinton Hospital. He was employed by Interstate Equipment Sales, Inc. for 16 years and is now employed by Jefferds Corporation of St. Albans. Their children are James O’Trenton Turner, Jr., Angela Marie Turner, and Christopher Daniel Turner. They have resided in Hurricane at #3 Williarose Drive for 14 years.

James O’Trenton Turner, Jr., was born on Saturday, April 4, 1974, in Charleston Memorial Hospital in Charleston, WV at 6:24 a.m. He weighed 5 lbs. 8 1/2 oz. and was 19 3/4″ long. His hobbies include camping, hiking, music and reading. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 60 of Hurricane and a member of HMS band. He is an 8th grade student of Hurricane Middle School.

Angela Marie Turner was born on Thursday, March 10, 1977, at Charleston Memorial Hospital at 9:05 a.m. She weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. Her hobbies include sewing. She is a 5th grade student of Hurricane Town Elementary.

Christopher Daniel Turner was born on Sunday, February 7, 1982, at Charleston Memorial Hospital at 12:17 a.m. He weighed 8 lbs. 4 1/2 oz. and was 20 in. long. His hobbies are working and playing with Lincoln Logs, transformers and Legos. He attends Hurricane Town Elementary in Kindergarten.


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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