- Claude S. POWERS left the family farm when he was in his teens to work for the Kelly Tire Company in Maryland and so he never completed High School. In the 1940's, he worked for Peoples Drug Stores in Washington. It was there he met and married Helen Eller.
He joined the Navy during World War II, but quickly received a medical discharge.
About 1950, he operated a Western Auto store in Chatham, Virginia. Later in the 50's, he returned home to work for Watkins Motor Company selling cars. Later he worked for Carson Ford in Kenbridge and Jackson Motors in Chase City.
He lost a leg to a circulation problem in 1972. He died from a heart attack.