Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration, University Alabama, 1949. Master of Arts in Spanish, University Alabama, 1953. Doctor of Philosophy in Romance Languages, University North Carolina, 1958.
Accounting clerk, United Fruit Company, Tela, Honduras, 1949-1950; assistant professor Spanish, Southern Methodist U., Dallas, 1958-1962; assistant professor Spanish, U. Tennessee, Knoxville, 1962-1964; associate professor Spanish, U. Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1964-1970; professor Spanish, U. Alabama, Tuscaloosa, since 1970; director Latin American studies program, U. Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1966-1972; director Alfredo Barrera Vasquez Center for Yucatecan studies, U. Alabama, Tuscaloosa, since 1986.
Married Nancy Joann Long, January 20, 1956 (divorced 1961). Children: Susan Frances, Michael Edward. Married Marilyn Faye Landers, April 5, 1963.
Children: Kathleen Faye, Edward Davis Junior.