Bachelor, Stetson University, 1954. Master of Theology, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1958. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Trinity College, Clearwater, Florida.
Doctor of Letters (honorary), California Graduate School Theology, Glendale.
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Fellsmere, Florida, 1951-1954; pastor, Waveland (Mississippi) Baptist Chapel, 1955-1958; pastor, Parkview Baptist Church, Fort Pierce, Florida, 1958-1964; pastor, First Baptist Church, Merritt Island, Florida, 1964-1972; pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, since 1972. President Southern Baptist Convention, 1980, 87, 88, Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference, 1976.
Married Joyce Gentry, September 2, 1951. Children: Steve, Janice, David, Gayle.