Graduated from the high school, Ware Shoals, South Carolina.
Textile engineer, Riegal Textile, Ware Shoals, South Carolina., 1957-1968; field representative, Woodmen of the World, Anderson, South Carolina., 1967-1988; area manager, Woodmen of the World, Anderson, South Carolina., since 1988.
Member Boulevard Baptist, since 1975. Member Anderson Life Underwriters Association (president 1985), South Carolina. Association of Life Underwriters (president 1991-1992), Western Carolina Charter Life Underwriters, Masons (Master of Lodge 1972), Shriners, Lions Club (president 1970).
Married Elizabeth L. Whitt, December 15, 1956 (divorced April 1991). 1 child, Thomas Richard Junior. Married Laura Mae Whiten, July 11, 1992.