Graduated from Batesburg-Leesville High in 1969 and Clemson in 1973. Served as a Communications Operations Officer in the Air Force with assignments at Shaw AFB; RAF Mildenhall, UK; Offutt AFB, NE; and the Defense Communications Agency, Arlington, VA. Retired from Aeronautical Radio, Inc. in Annapolis in 2008. Now RETIRED but last employed as a Safety and Mission Assurance Engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD and also provided SMA on-site coverage at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in nearby Suitland, MD. Married to the former Linda Gayle Temples of Saluda and have two children...Rich and Stefanie...and four grandchildren…Becca, Jacob, Westin, and Sparrow.