Luther L. Smith & Sons
Billy Smith, son of Luther Smith, began partially working in the seafood business as a young boy with his father who owned a general store in Atlantic. His father wholesaled some seafood especially clams. Billy became more and more involved with seafood until his uncle suggested that he and his wife, Janice, should go full time into the seafood business. They named the business Luther Smith and Son Seafood and turned it into one of the largest seafood dealerships in the state. When he died in 1996, The News and Observer described him as “a towering figure in North Carolina’s commercial fishing industry.” His legacy is carried on by his son Dean and wife Donna.