Started in the Air Force Reserve and then to Air Force - Control Tower Operator at Lawson Field where the paratroopers were trained. Basic training at Maxwell AFB. Traveled to different airbases pitching for softball team. Got married while in service. Three day pass for honeymoon. Unit was in softball tournament and they sent 2 soldiers to make sure he was back in time to pitch. Attended Auburn University playing freshman basketball. Married to Joan Parker. Elected Tax Assessor of Montgomery County and served four terms. Father to three children and six grandchildren. Avid golfer and sports enthusiast.