Bachelor in Sociology, Le Moyne College Owen College, 1963. Master in Divinity, Memphis Theological, 1991. Doctor of Divinity, Memphis Theological, 1994.
Commissioner Memphis Light, Gas & Water, Memphis. Pastor Mount Vernon Baptist Church. Evangilistic Committee Progressive National Baptist, Washington District of Columbia, Shelby County Mayors Advisory Board, Memphis.
Councilman, Memphis, 1968-1971. Mayor's Administration assistant, Memphis, 1972-1975. Board directors, Goodwill Boys Club.
Member Omega Psi Phi.
Married Leona Netters, November 26, 1948. Children: James L. Junior, Edwinta, Chandra.