Floyd Woodruff Tucker, Jr. enlisted in the army at the age of 16. He returned to Ashland to begin a career of community service and leadership. In 1917 he was commissioned as Captain of the Hanover Grays, a local National Guard unit. He began the first Boy Scout troop in the state of Virginia and served as scoutmaster of Troop # 1 for many years. Around 1917 Captain Tucker and John Wightman formed the Tucker-Wightman minstrels. The minstrel show performed in Ashland on an annual basis, always to a sell-out crowd. He served on the Ashland Town Council from 1936 until he retired as mayor in 1952. Captain Tucker was appointed Civilian Defense Coordinator for Hanover County during World War II. After the war, he became Hanover’s Director of Civil Defense. Tucker was a life-long member of Duncan Memorial Methodist Church where he was superintendent of the Sunday School for many years.