W.T. (William Thomas), was born May 26, 1926 in Blaney, South Carolina. He graduated from Columbia, South Carolina's Olympia High School in 1942. He attended Emanual Bible College in Georgia, and received his bachelor's degree from University of Richmond in Virginia where he was a standout "scatback" for the university football team. He then earned his Master's Degree in Psycology and Philosophy from the University of South Carolina.