Pappy was born and raised in Georgia. After graduating from Rabun Gap Nacoochee School, he attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. After that, he joined the US Navy, and then worked as a civilian for the Navy for 30 years. After retiring in 1997, he worked as Maintenance Engineer for Camp Highroad, a Christian camp in Middleburg, VA, and then for Leisure World of Virginia in Lansdowne, VA.
Pappy became involved in prison ministry after his Walk to Emmaus. He first served with OAR (Offender Aid & Restoration) at the Fairfax Detention Center, and later with Epiphany at the Juvenile Detention center near Culpepper, VA. After moving to Staunton, VA, with his wife, Sandy, he began serving with Kairos at the Augusta Correctional Center. In 2015, he became webmaster for the kairosva.org website. During this time, Pappy and Sandy began serving with Kingsway at church services inside Augusta. In 2018, he was elected to the Kingsway Board of Directors, and is now serving as webmaster for the kingswayoutreach.org website.