Jim Stratton was born on December 25, 1947 in Hartsville, South Carolina. His parents were James E. and Nellie Stratton. He has one brother, Doyle, who still lives in Hartsville. He has one daughter, Dr. Jennifer Do who lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband, retired U.S. Army captain, Vuong Do. Jim is married to Rebecca, and they reside in Florence, South Carolina. Rebecca has two daughters. Elle Poindexter lives in Portland, Oregon, and Emily Pearson lives in Missouri.