Master of Arts in education, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, 1987—1988. Bachelor in English and Literature, Savannah State University, Georgia, 1983—1985. Bachelor of Science in art education, Savannah State University, Georgia, 1974—1979.
Substitute teacher Chatham County Board of Education, Savannah, Georgia, 1985—1986. Art and English teacher Liberty County Board of Education, Hinesville, 1986—1987. Assembly worker William Die and Mold Company, Norcross, 1988—1991.
Writer self employed, Atlanta, Hinesville and Lithia Springs, Georgia and Sheridan, Wyoming, since 1991. Member Range Writers, Sheridan, 2001—2003. Poetry reader Church/Black History Month, Lithia Springs, 2004.
E4 United States Army, 1968-1973, Vietnam.
Represented in Baptist churches are equally diverse worship styles, cultural mores and approaches to Scriptural interpretation. The resulting challenges and opportunities have made the believers stronger —through fellowship, respect, mutual support and dialog, all based on a belief that unity in Christ involves growth and understanding.
Member of Club Saloba, Atlanta (president and secretary 2004), Club Saloba, Sheridan, Wyoming 1998—2003, Kappa Delta Pi.
Married Mary Ester Baker (divorced ). Children: Mack Smitherman, Maria Smitherman, Mark Smitherman.