Allene Spurlock, the beauty of Barboursville Jr. High in 1940

Allene Spurlock, 1940, age 14

Allene Spurlock, 1940, age 14

I mean, this girl is just so pretty. She really must have been the “beautiful” one in the class. Her name was Allene Spurlock. While there were several possibilities of who she might be in Cabell county, West Virginia, I’m very certain it is the young woman below.

Allene was born on February 1, 1926 to Harry and Alice Spurlock. In both the 1930 and 1940 census Allene, her parents and her younger sister Virginia/Hope lived in Guyandot, Cabell, West Viriginia. Her father worked as a pipe fitter in the steam railroad repair shops. Based on census records her parents and grandparents were all from West Virginia. And Allene would be there for a good long while too.

On December 26, 1945, at the age of 19 she married Jack E. Jones in Cabell county. The couple lived in Cabell all their life. Allene passed away in April of 2010. From her obituary in The Hearld-Dispatch:

“Allene Spurlock Jones…was a lifelong resident of Cabell County. For 35 years she worked for several drugstores in Huntington, retiring from Budget Pharmacy in 1989. She was an active member of Faith United Methodist Church for 50 years.”*

Her husband preceded her in death. If the photo of her on Ancestry is the same woman 60-70 years from the date this one was take, the similarity is still amazing. What a smile!

*”Allene Spurlock Jones.” Herald-Dispatch (Huntington) April 2, 2010. Page 2. Print.

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