Huntington, WV Black History

William A. Hoard

Entrepreneur

William A. Hoard was a successful entrepreneur and business owner in Huntington for several decades.

He was born on October 3, 1924, to Sallie Florence Hoard and William Arthur Hoard Sr.  He graduated from Douglass High School and attended North Carolina A&T University where he excelled in mathematics and science. Hoard also honorably served in the United States Army during World War II.

Hoard went on to own his own wallpapering business. He wallpapered 50-60 residences per year and several businesses, including First National Bank, J.C. Penney’s, The Frederick Hotel, The Smart Shop, Bailey’s Cafeteria and the Civic Center.

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