Born in Gaffney, South Carolina on the mill village. Born poor, raised by mother following a divorce, moved to Columbia, South Carolina as a youth.
Raised to honor parents and to always do good things for others. He served a 2 year mission for his church as well as numberous contributions to his church.
In high school he was told to learn a trade because he would never afford college. He chose to become college educated graduating from Florida Technological University in 1973. FTU is now