He served as a member of the following associations: the board of trustees of the Georgia Community Trust; president of the Georgia Public Health Association; the board of directors of the National Association of County Behavioral Health Directors; the state board of Nursing Home Administrators; and the executive committee of the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

Trail earned a bachelor’s degree from Bryan College and a master’s degree from Georgia State University.

He and his wife, Carol, have three children and six grandchildren and reside in Tyrone, Ga.