AS, Jackson State Community College, 1972. Bachelor of Science, University Tennessee, 1974. Master of Business Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, 1989.
Farmer, F. James Farms, Humboldt, Tennessee, 1968-1972; owner, James Landscape Svc., Jackson, Tennessee, 1975-1985; teacher high school, Humboldt (Tennessee) City Schools, 1975-1976; regional landscape superintendent, State of Tennessee Transportation Department, Jackson, 1976-1981; salesman, Southern Mill Creek Products/Crompton & Knowles, Tampa, 1981-1985; technical director, Simmons PC, Nashville, 1986-1988; national sales manager, Jim Simmons Company, Nashville, since 1986. Sales consultant Waste Management Inc., Nashville, 1989.
Member Phi Theta Kappa.
Married Teri-Ann Winston, September 17, 1981. 1 child, Mary Amanda. Children by previous marriage: Jennifer Ann, Sarah Elizabeth.