Jimmy graduated from Mississippi State with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Entomology, and a Business emphasis. He married his college sweetheart Sonya, and they have two children and two grandchildren They are active members of Flora United Methodist Church. Jimmy serves as a Christian example to the students he coaches. He started a consulting business in May 1981 working with 90% cotton and the remainder soybeans, corn, and some vegetables. For years he trained and worked Labrador retrievers and ran AKC hunt tests. While working with Tara Wildlife he started training labs to blood trail. He has raised and trained some of the better known trail dogs in the state. In the early years, he was a duck and deer hunting guide, mostly at Cottonwood, one of the premier hunting properties in the South.
An avid hunter, Jimmy traveled the world harvesting plains game in Africa such as the Cape Buffalo, stag in New Zealand, elk in the Mid-West, caribou in Alaska, bear in the Rockies, and antelope on the plains. All of this led to others asking advice on their recreational properties due to his experiences. He learned that this information could be sold, leading to his developing recreational properties in Mississippi and neighboring states. His love of wing shooting led to skeet and sporting clay shooting. When Mississippi College asked Jimmy if he would consider starting a college sporting clay team, he took that opportunity to teach young people how to shoot. Jimmy will complete his level 1 NSCA instructor course in February.