Fletcher Eugene Strowd (Jr.?), who typically went by F. E. or Gene, was born May 15, 1909, in Chatham County. His parents were Fletcher E. and Willa Strowd.
Strowd married (Annie) Irene Harrison April 6, 1932. Worked at the post office in the 1930s and 1940s. Served in the U.S. Navy in WWII. He was a Chapel Hill alderman from 1955 to 1966. Was a co-owner of Johnson-Strowd-Ward Furniture, retiring in 1979.
Strowd designed several buildings in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, mainly in 1947-1948. He was influenced and trained by local architect H. D. Carter.
He was also a "nationally-recognized rose expert"; in 1990, the rose garden at the Chapel Hill Community Center Park was named in his honor.
Buildings he designed (with current-ish addresses):
Chapel Hill Cleaners (422 W. Franklin St.)
Knight-Campbell Hardware (420 W. Franklin St.)
Rosemary Laundromat (329 W. Rosemary St.)
Poe's Garage (Main St., Carrboro)
Johnson Furniture/Johnson-Strowd-Ward Furniture store (460 W. Franklin St.)
Railway Express Agency (202 N. Columbia St.)
Image via strowdroses.org
Strowd's WWII draft card