Born in Gainesville, Georgia March 29, 1924. For the past forty four years, have been associated with the Mark Trail comic feature .For the past eighteen years, have both written and illustrated the daily and Sunday strips. Mark Trail has won over twenty five conservation awards. In 1987 it won state "Take Pride in America" award and in 1988 won a national "Take Pride in America" award which was presented at the White House. In 1989 it received a conservation award from the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior. In 1991 and 1992 I was a judge in the federal duck stamp contest. In 1991 Congress set aside 16,500 acres in the Chattahoochee National Forest as a Mark Trail wilderness area. In 1994, I received a proclamation signed by the Governor of Georgia, the Golden Bear award, from the Department of Agriculture, and the Conservation Communicator of the Year award from the Georgia Wildlife Federation. I feel very fortunate to be doing the type of work I enjoy.