AB, Oklahoma Baptist University, 1934. Doctor of Divinity, Oklahoma Baptist University, 1960. ThB, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, 1939.
Master of Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, 1940. Doctor of Theology, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, 1945. Master of Religious Education, 1948.
Served pastorates in, Baptist Church, Shawnee, Oklahoma, 1933-1934;
served pastorates in, Baptist Church, Haskell, Oklahoma, 1934-1936;
served pastorates in, Baptist Church, English, Kentucky, 1936-1939;
served pastorates in, Baptist Church, Wheatley, Kentucky, 1939-1934O;
assistant executive secretary, Kentucky Baptist General Association, Louisville, 1940-1943;
assistant general superintendent, Missouri Baptist General Association, Kansas City, 1943-1945;
professor systematic theology, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, 1945-1948;
president, S.W. Baptist College, Bolivar, Missouri, 1948-1961;
pastor, 1st Baptist Church, Guthrie, Oklahoma, 1961-1992;
mayor, City of Guthrie, from 1977. Moderator Central Baptist Association. Board directors Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.
Counselor, public speaker, teacher Bible, Guthrie, since 1992.
Member Logan County Hospital, Association. Chairman lay advisory board Alverno Heights Hospital. Chairman Guthrie Human Relations Committee.
Board directors United Community Chest Fund. Trustee Oklahoma Baptist University. Member Order of Eastern Star, DeMolay Legion Honor (honorary life), Rotary.
Lodges: Mason (33 degree) (past master Guthrie, past grand chaplain Most Worshipful lodge, past venerable master), Knight Templar (past prelate), Shriners.
Married Floy Weaver Thurston, April 2, 1930. Children– John Wesley, David Sherman, Floyd William, Paul Philip.