AB, Elon College, 1938. Master of Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1941. Doctor Ministry, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1979.
Pastor, Bethel and Dabney Baptist churches, Holton, Indiana, 1938-1941; pastor, Stovall (North Carolina) Baptist Church, 1941-1946; pastor, Liberty Baptist Church, Appomattox, Virginia, 1946-1950; pastor, Braggtown Baptist Church, Durham, North Carolina, 1950-1956; pastor, Southside Baptist Church, Miami, Florida, 1956-1960; pastor, Bedford (Virginia) Baptist Church, 1960-1973; director missions, East River and Highlands Baptist associations, Dublin, Virginia, since 1973.
Member Georgia Association Virginia Bapts., Southern Baptist Association Directors Missions.
Married Anne Lashley Thompson. Children: Jesse Marshall Junior, William T., Martha Marie, Frances Ann. Stepchildren: Glenn, Michael, David, Gregory Thompson.