owner, Lucia Claire Peel, was born and raised in Williamston, just a few
blocks from Haughton Hall. She graduated from Williamston High School,
UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in Political Science and
Criminal Justice and received her law degree from Wake Forest University
School of Law. After clerking at the North Carolina Supreme Court,
Lucia was Assistant Director of Government Affairs and Executive
Director of MEDPAC for the North Carolina Medical Society.
legal consultant with the Copernicus Group IRB in Research Triangle
Park, she travels weekly to Raleigh for conferences. She has also
served as a political consultant and fundraiser for numerous NC
candidates including Chief Justice Sarah Parker of the North Carolina Supreme
Court and former Chief Justice Henry Frye. While living in Raleigh, she
was President of the Horizons Foundation for United Cerebral Palsy of
North Carolina. She has also raised funds for Triangle Land
Conservancy, Wake County Courthouse KidsCenter, Capital City Clauses (a
nonprofit which she founded to collect toys for underprivileged
children). Currently, Lucia serves as Chairperson with Roanoke River
Partners, another non-profit.
Lucia Claire is an avid fan of UNC basketball and football. Other
hobbies include traveling, reading and canoeing down the Roanoke River.
In Raleigh, she was often in demand as a talented event planner.
HUTCHINSON PEEL POWE
Lucia Hutchinson Peel Powe, the “silent” partner, lived in Williamston
for thirty years, married to Judge Junie Peel, who served on the North
Carolina Superior Court bench for twenty-two years. She reared four
daughters, Lucia Claire, Sarah Margaret (“Mimi”) Peel Roughton of
Durham, Sydney Eldridge Peel Woodside of Knoxville, Tennessee and
Elizabeth Chase Peel of Durham.
Lucia Hutchinson was teaching “Romper Room” on WNCT-TV in Greenville
when she met attorney Junie Peel and he soon convinced her not to move
back to Georgia to accept Romper Room’s Atlanta offer but to marry him
and move to Williamston. She never looked back.
years after Judge Peel’s 1984 death, she married E. K. Powe III of
Durham, also an attorney. Interestingly enough, the two men had been
opponents on the football field at Virginia prep schools, undergraduate
and law school classmates at UNC-Chapel Hill and fellow legislators in
the North Carolina General Assembly. Mr. Powe, who passed away in
early 2011, had three daughters,
Louise Powe Kelly of Salt Lake City, Utah, Katherine Powe Dauchert of
Durham and Josephine Powe McGuire of Malibu, California.
Lucia Claire, Lucia Hutchinson always felt she had one foot in Martin
County pulling her back home.
See Roanoke Rock Muddle.