Bachelor in Journalism, University Florida, 1936.
Editor Suwannee Democratic, Live Oak, Florida, 1936-1937, Williamson County News, Franklin, Tennessee, 1937, Marion County News, Ocala, Florida, 1938-1939, Kissimmee (Florida) Gazette, 1939-1941, Share Your Knowledge Review (later Review Graphic Arts), Cincinnati, 1970-1980, The High Twelvian, St. Louis, 1989-1995. Managing editor Ocala Morning Banner, 1937-1938. Editor, public The Florida Cattleman, Kissimmee, 1940-1945.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Cody Publications, 1946-1977. Editor News of Masonic Community, 1989-1996. Retired, 1996; editor The Quadrangle, Good Samaritan Retirement Village, Kissimmee, 1996—2000.
Former commissioner and mayor City of Kissimmee. Member International Association Printing House Craftsmen (district governor 1968-1970, national editor 1970-1980), Florida Association Square Dancers (founder, president), Masons (past master), Shriners, Rotary (past president Kissimmee).
Married Dorothy Gifford, December 25, 1936. 1 child, Raymond Gifford. Married Bertha Hood Carnahan, June 1, 2002 (dec September 2005).