Bachelor of Arts North Carolina, 1961. Master of Arts, University North Carolina, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy, University North Carolina, 1971.
Teacher social studies, Center High Sch, High Point, North Carolina, 1961-1962;
assistant professor, Louisburg (North Carolina) College, 1963-1966;
chairman humanities, Rockingham Community College, Wentworth, North Carolina, 1968-1974;
historian-in-residence, Rockingham Community College, Wentworth, North Carolina, since 1974. Member North Carolina Humanities Council, 1977-1980. State chairman Federation North Carolina History Socs., Raleigh, 1975-1977.
Director Wright Tavern Restoration, Wentworth, 1968-1983, 89-.
Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts American, 1982-1991. Vigil honor Tsalagi lodge Order of Arrow, 1987. With United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1959-1964.
Member Southern History Association, History Society North Carolina (executive council 1987-1989, vice president 1990, president 1991), North Carolina Literature and History Association (executive committee 1986-1988, vice president 1978-1979), North Carolina Society, North Carolina Friends History Society (board directors since 1976).
Married Lelia Thomas Clinard, March 5, 1966. Children: Thomas Lindley, William Hale.