The author was born in his grandparents' home in 1918 in St. Augustine, Florida while his father was in World War I. While he was still an infant, the war ended, and the family began an itinerary of living in small country towns of south Florida. He then saw some boyhood ranch life in Florida's backwoods in the days of open-range cattle herding. He continued with schooling and became a minister in the Methodist Church.
The author's service in two wars was as chaplain plus various occasions of troop entertainer and hospital entertainer.
Most of his years have seen him variously as minister, science teacher and storyteller, holding the degrees of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Arts.
He values highly the twenty-six years of active ministry that he had before they were suddenly interrupted by heart problems. He took early retirement into inactive status, retaining his full ordination. For a few years, on a part-time basis, he taught general science in adult education.
Through it all, he has maintained a great interest in the religious calling that was his from boyhood, managing to engage in frequent sessions of religious teaching.
His interest in storytelling has been a natural for him all his life. It comes easy for him in his retirement years.
The Southern Order of Storytellers awarded him their Seanachie Award as storyteller of the year. In recent years his appearances as folk entertainer have been in various parts of Georgia, North Carolina and Florida with magazine, newspaper and television coverage of some of them.