Bachelor in Political Science, The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina., 1953; Bachelor of Laws, Emory University, 1958; Juris Doctor, Emory University, 1970.
Associate, Pierce, Ranitz & Lee, Savannah, Georgia, 1958-1963; partner, Pierce, Ranitz, Lee, Berry and Mahoney, Savannah, 1963-1966; partner, Pierce, Ranitz, Berry, Mahoney and Forbes, Savannah, 1968-1976; partner, Berry and McCallar, Savannah, 1976-1987; assistant United States trustee, Department of Justice, Savannah, since 1987. Chapter 7 panel trustee United States Bankruptcy Court, Savannah, 1965-1974, chapter 13 trustee, 1974-1987.
State legislator Georgia House of Representatives, 1968. Board directors Jenkins Boys Club;president Coastal Empire Fair, 1992. Colonel United States Air Force Reserve, 1953-1983.
Member National Association Chapter 13 Trustees (president 1980), American Bankruptcy Institute, Exch. Club Savannah (president 1968).
Married Frances Marie Cassel, April 24, 1954. Children: J. Keith Junior, Karen B. Wharton, Christine C.