Raised in border line poverty, but still attended parochial school through the eighth grade. Received a four year degree(1969) in accounting from a small Alabama university. some post-graduate courses in pursuit of teaching certificate.
Taught elementary school for 3 years in a rural county in Alabama. Left the education field in 1972 to climb the corporate ladder. After 15 years of corporate life was asked to leave so I worked in local government for 15 years. Took early retirement for health reasons.