Bachelor, Furman University, 1946. Doctor of Divinity, Tennessee Temple University, 1960. Limited, Emmanuel College, 1971.
Doctor of Laws (honorary), Bob Jones University, 1990.
Pastor, 1st Baptist Church, Mauldin, South Carolina., 1943-1948; pastor, 1st Baptist Church, Pelham, South Carolina., 1943-1952; pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Greenville, South Carolina., since 1952. Founder The Bright Spot Hour Gospel broadcast, since 1943.
Co-founder Southwide Baptist Fellowship, 1954. Founder Tabernacle Children's Home, 1962. Board directors Baptist International Missions.
Assistant to president Tabernacle Baptist College, Greenville, since 1963.
Married Helene Grace Vaughn, December 11, 1935. Children: James Harold, Elizabeth Ann Sightler Carper.