Bachelor of Science, Auburn University, 1948. Master of Science, Auburn University, 1949. Doctor of Philosophy, University Pennsylvania, 1955.
From instructor to professor history Eastern Baptist College, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, 1952-1961. Professor history Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, 1961-2001, graduate dean, 1965-1986. Dean Howard College Arts and Sciences, 1975-1990, research professor, since 2001.
(Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord...)
(History of Mountain Brook Baptist Church, 1944-1994)
(History Birmingham Baptist Association)
Served with Army of the United States, 1944-1946. Member American History Association, American Baptist History Association (editor The Alabama Baptist Historian since 1989), Southern Baptist History Association (president 1987-1988), Southern History Association, Alabama History Association (editor newsletter 1989-2001, president 1994-1995), Rotary (president Shades Valley chapter 1969-1970), Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Gamma Museum.
Married Catherine Ann Bryant, August 24, 1963. Children— Leland Norcross, Leslie Catherine.