He was a farmer; his cash crop was tobacco. In 1924 he struck oil on his land. During WWII he was licensed to grow marijuana for hemp for the military. He also carried the U. S. mail. There is a discrepancy about his middle name. Some family members say his middle name was Mildridge; but on his daughter, Emma's birth certificate, he gives his name as John Milton Church. Written by granddaughter, Laura J. Stewart.