Denomination: United Methodist
Associate firm Stovall & Price, Corinth, Mississippi, 1960—1962. Assistant United States attorney Northern District Mississippi, Oxford, 1962—1966. Associate Wise Carter Child & Caraway (and predecessor), Jackson, 1966—1967, partner, 1967—1994, Lilly & Wise, Jackson, 1994—2000, of counsel, 2001—2003.
Retired, 2003; member, United States delegate Eurasia United Methodist Conference, Moscow, 2002. With United States Naval Reserve, 1955-1988, rear admiral United States Naval Reserve.
Delaware 19th World Methodist Conference, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2006. Fellow: Mississippi Bar Foundation, Foundation Federal Bar Association (life). Member: Federal Bar Association (national council since 1972, recording secretary 1975-1976, general secretary 1976-1977, Second vice president 1977-1978, president-elect 1978-1979, president 1979-1980), United Way Oxford, Ms (board directors 2009-2010), National Lawyers Club (board governors 1976-1981), Ulster Genealogical and History Guild, Family Research Association Mississippi (1st vice president 2004, president 2005), Mississippi Genealogical Society, Democracy Development Institute (board directors 1995—2003), Mississippi State Bar, Salt & Light Ministry Foundation (general secretary 2005-2006, board directors 2005-2007), Naval History Society, Chester District Genealogical Society, Military Officers Association American, Reserve Officers Association (president Mississippi department 1982-1983), Association United States Navy, Naval Order United States, Navy Supply Corps Association, Navy League (president Central Mississippi council 1993), Oxford University Club, Scabbard and Blade, Military Order World Wars, Lamar Order, Delta Sigma Pi, Sigma Nu, Phi Delta Phi (president Mayes Inn 1959-1960), Omicron Delta Kappa.