Claude was the eldest so of Edmund and Alice McGowan. Claude was born on 08/31/1896 in Marion Co, Ms. He served as a PVT.Co.G 64 INF. during WWI. After the war he returned to Marion Co. Ms.where he worked as a school master.Claude was never married however he did have two children Earl C. Fortenberry and Mable Singleton. Claude died on 05/25/1944.