AB, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee, 1929. Doctor of Divinity, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee, 1938. Doctor of Divinity, Baylor University, 1953.
Master of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1932. Doctor of Laws, Louisiana College, 1952.
Pastor, Tabernacle Church, Ennis, Texas, 1931-1934; pastor, 1st Church, Denton, Texas, 1934-1937; pastor, 1st Church, New Orleans, 1937-1972; pastor emeritus, 1st Church, New Orleans, 1972. Minister radio program The Gospel Hour, New Orleans, 1941-1972, Baptist Hour, 1949, 52.
Board of directors Metropolitan Area Committee, New Orleans, 1966-1985, United Fund Greater New Orleans, Council for a Better Louisiana, Salvation Army, Gulf states area Information Council of Americas, Pratt-Stanton Manor, Inc., Southern Baptist Hospitals, Affiliated Baptist Hospitals, Southern Baptist Hospital Foundation, Health Care Cons. and Management Services. Board directors Metropolitan New Orleans Crime Commission, president, 1968-1969. President Louisiana Baptist Convention, 1948-1950, Southern Baptist Convention, 1951-1953, New Orleans Federation Churches, 1957.
Organizer, board directors Louisiana Moral and Civic Foundation, 1943-1956, president, 1953-1956. President of the board of trustees Louisiana College, 1960-1961;member Bold Missions Task Force, 1976-1985, Louisiana Commision on Law Enforcement and Administration Justice, 1968-1970, New Orleans Council on Naval Affairs, State Board Corrections, 1971-1985. Member Executive Committee Baptist World Alliance, 1950-1970.
Member of advisory board Big Brothers, New Orleans. Member Kiwanis (board directors local chapter 1946-1947), Alpha Tau Omega.
Married Lillian Gaines Tooke, September 16, 1927. Children: Martha Ann, Mary Beth.