Attorney Daughtry, Woodard, Lawrence & Starling. Partner Johnston County Hams & Farmers Tobacco Warehouse. State senator North Carolina, 1989—1992.
State representative District 95, 1993—2002. State representative District 26, since 2003. With United States Air Force, 1966-1970.
Member of Eastern Warehouse Association (former president), North Carolina Academy Trial Lawyers, Johnston County & North Carolina Bar Associations, Selma-Smithfield Chamber of Commerce (former member, board director, Distinguished Citizen award 1994), Bright Belt Association (former chairman, board director).
Married Helen Finch; children: Majorie Dana, Kelly Kathleen.