In December 1958, I began life’s earthly journey in Macon, GA where I attended church from a very early age. Many godly men and women contributed to my Christian development at both Centenary and Riverside United Methodist Churches, where I sang in both the youth choir and eventually the adult chancel choir while in high school. I have great memories of our youth choir traveling throughout the southeast US and performing for several host churches during the summer months. I was a member of Troop 8 (BSA) at Riverside UMC and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. The godly men who led our scout troop have left an indelible mark on my life.
I attended the University of Georgia (UGA) and graduated with both a BBA and MAcc in Accountancy. I did not attend church regularly while at UGA. College fraternity life took priority; however, God had a providential plan and provided me with many great friendships – one of whom who would eventually introduce me to my wife, Mary.
After graduating from UGA, I moved to Atlanta and worked as a CPA for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (currently KPMG). I met Mary in Atlanta through a college fraternity brother. This college fraternity brother married a friend of Mary’s first; then I met and married Mary! Mary was from Winston-Salem, NC, graduated from UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing and worked in the OR at Emory Hospital. A few years after marrying, Hilton and Noelle were both born almost two years apart at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. Providentially, Noelle is to give birth to her first child at the same hospital!
While working for KPMG, one of my British audit clients - the Rank Organisation, Plc.- hired me to be their Corporate Controller. During this time and while Hilton and Noelle were very young, we joined Norcross FUMC, where we met many friends and all began our Christian journey as a family. I remember our very godly pastor (Sam Coker) graciously calling out GA politicians from the pulpit (most were his personal friends, including the Governor) for their social engineering blunders which were not in line with Christian teachings. Mary and I both attended Walks to Emmaus in N.GA, which were highly advocated by our friends at Norcross FUMC. To this day, I believe this was “the” turning point in my Christian walk.
In 1995, I was offered a job by Volvo Construction Equipment, and we all moved from Atlanta to Fairview, where Mary and I currently continue to reside. For most of our time while in Fairview, Fairview Christian Fellowship (FCF) has been my church home. Hilton and Noelle were both active as youth at FCF and regularly attended RYM conferences in FL during the summers. After a short 5-year stent in Carlisle, PA, I retired in 2018 from having been Vice President Human Resource Management and Administration at Volvo Construction Equipment for almost twenty-three (23) years.
I humbly serve as FCF’s Treasurer and a Deacon. I regularly play tennis at the Asheville Racket Club, hunt at a childhood friend’s farm in GA during the Fall, and try to spend time with our kids and grandchildren (Bowen and Laurel). We look forward to the arrival of our newest grandchild this coming summer.
Some outside interests include: Private Pilot (Instrument Rated); numerous past Board Memberships including: Chair of University of North Carolina Asheville Foundation Board, Commissioner – NC Commission on Workforce Development; Leadership Asheville; YMCA of WNC; Carlisle Family YMCA; Junior League of Asheville Community Advisory Board, etc.