Bachelor, Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee, 1961. Master of Arts, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 1971.
Assistant professor history Lambuth College, Jackson, Tennessee, 1963—1964. Professor history State University of West Georgia, Carrollton, since 1964.
Committee member Boy Scouts American, since 1998. Administrative aide Republican Newt Gingrich, 6th District Georgia, 1979—1993. Member of American Association of University Professors (state president 1979-1980, lobbyist 1976-1996, AKIN award 1996, Sumberg award 1998), The History Society (regional president since 2000), Kiwanis (distinguished member).
Married Judy E. Pipes, September 1, 1960 (divorced June 1982). Children: Bonnie Lynn Vernon, Karen Elizabeth Campbell. Married Nancy Gail Kunz, December 31, 1987.