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Centennial History of Hurricane: John R. Wilson

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 244th installment of the Centennial History.


Submitted by Betty Wilson

Jack (John R.) Wilson, is the youngest son of Louis L. Wilson and Lillian Dorsey Wilson. He was educated in Hurricane Schools, the Greenbrier Military School, Marshall University and Stetson University. He has been employed with Putnam County Bank since graduation. He is now President and Chief Executive Officer of Putnam County Bank and Putnam Bancshares, Inc., is interested in community affairs and is currently on the Board of Trustees at the Putnam General Hospital and is a member of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce.

His wife, Betty Parsons Wilson, daughter of Carlos E. and Eva Merical Parsons was born in Charleston, West Virginia. Betty is also interested in community affairs, has served as Boy Scout Den Mother, Brownie Leader, Mother Advisor of the Rainbow Girls, is a member of the Hurricane Woman’s Club, the Order of the Eastern Star, White Shrine and National Association of Bank Women. Both Jack and Betty are graduates of the West Virginia School of Banking.

Their children are David and Susan Wilson Becka, residing in Zionsville, Indiana; Dr. Jeffrey A. and Rebecca Call Hunt, residing in Stow, Ohio; W. Kent and Beverly Hum Devoss, II, residing in Scott Depot, West Virginia; John R. and Joyce Easter Wilson, Jr., residing in Hurricane, West Virginia and two grandchildren, Jeremy C. Hunt of Stow, Ohio and Christopher K. Devoss of Scott Depot, West Virginia.


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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