AB, U. Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1947; Juris Doctor, U. Alabama, 1950.
Senior partner, Pritchard, McCall & Jones, Birmingham, since 1950.
Board of directors Highlands Day School, Reading Disability Foundation of Alabama, March of Dimes, Young Men’s Christian Association, Shades Valley and metropolitan branches, Greater Birmingham Ministries, St. Elizabeth's Home for Girls, Legal Aid Society Birmingham, Speech and Hearing Foundation, United Way (professional division chairman 1978), Supporters of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Alabama. Senior warden The Church of theAdvent, 1975. With United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946.
Lieutenant United States Navy, 1950-1952, Korea. Fellow American Bar Foundation. Member American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar Association, Birmingham BarAssn.
(president 1976), American College of Mortgage Attorneys, American Trial Lawyers Association, Alabama Law Foundation, Jefferson County Alumni Association of U. Alabama, U. Alabama Law School Foundation (president 1974, Distinguished Alumni award 1989, 97), Society for Promoting and Encouraging the Arts and Knowledge Anglican (trustee), American Legion.
Married Ann Brooking Adams. Children: William Shelton, III, Franklin Adams, Thomas McCoy.