Jan. 3, 1935: Born in Lanett, Ala.
1957: Graduated from Auburn University in Alabama.
1959: Married Linda Caldwell.
1960: Received law degree from University of Alabama and passed Alabama bar (in 1972, he passed the Georgia bar). Served briefly in the Army.
1960: Co-founder of Fuller and Dees Marketing Group Inc. in Montgomery, Ala.
1960-65: Partner in Fuller and Dees law firm in Montgomery.
1966-68: Development director of Tougaloo College in Mississippi.
1968-72: Director of Koinonia Partners Inc. Developed business operations for Koinonia Christian community in Americus, Ga.
1973-76: Became Church of Christ's director of development in Zaire. Initiated housing project for low-income families in Mbandaka, Zaire.
1976-2005: Founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International.
1996: Awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.