Powell Glass Jr., 61, retired president of Carter Glass & Sons Publishers Inc. and former publisher of The News and the Daily Advance, died here of cancer Tuesday.

He also was named editorial director of the two local newspapers in 1969 and general manager in 1970, a position he held until retiring in 1977.

Mr. Glass was born in Lynchburg. He was the grandson of the late U.S. Sen. Carter Glass and the son of the late Powell Glass, who had been general manager of The News and The Daily Advance.

He graduated from Washington and Lee University and earned a law degree at the University of Virginia. He served in the U.S. Marines in World War II and was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict.

From 1947 to 1955, Mr. Glass was fiscal partner and assistant manager of the Glass publishing company and copublisher of the two papers.

From 1958 until returning to Lynchburg in 1969, he was publisher and editor of The Sea Coast Echo, a weekly newspaper in Bay St. Louis, Miss. During that time, he bought The Sea Coast Echo and later bought and merged the opposing newspaper, The Hancock County Eagle, with The Echo.

Mr. Glass was treasurer of the Virginia Press Association. He was a member of the National Newspaper Association, the International Newspaper Promotion Association, the Inter-American Press Association, the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, the American Press Institute and the International Weekly Newspaper Conference.

He is survived by his wife, Joan deSardon Glass, of the home in Lynchburg; three daughters, Anne Cleghorne Cothran, of Spartanburg, S.C., Marianna Rhett Crompton, of Leesburg, and Alicia Middleton Glass, of Lynchburg; his mother, Anne Cleghorne Glass, of Lynchburg, and two grandchildren.