Here from the Roanoke paper is a story on the life and times of Eugene Derryberry, who was a business lawyer with the Gentry Locke firm.
The article says in part:
"Prominent Roanoke lawyer Eugene E. Derryberry would often sing and play his guitar in the middle of the afternoon to lighten up the office.
"When Gene would sing, everything in the world would be all right," said Mike Pace, a managing partner at Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore. Derryberry worked at the law firm for 34 years and was known as a mentor and a strict grammarian with a love for teaching."
I didn't know him, but I understood that he was the wise counselor for the family business of my mom's cousin's family business in downtown Roanoke. It seems to me that the Roanoke bar has (or had) a lot of interesting characters.