Born May 20, 1912, he graduated cum laude both from Furman University in 1933, and from Duke University Law School in 1936.
After association with a New York law firm, he gained trial experience as Assistant United States Attorney in the acquisition of the Camp Croft Military Reservation. He served as a United States Navy Intelligence officer and in the Pacific Theater from 1942–1946.
Upon discharge, he formed a law partnership with Neville Holcombe. Their firm prospered and continues as one of the most respected firms in Spartanburg.
He and his lovely wife of 47 years, Martha Grier Bomar, had three children, one of whom, Horace Leland Bomar III, practices in the firm established by his father.
During the 58 years he practiced law, his skill, intelligence and impeccable character took him through the trial arena, business and estate planning, and adviser to corporate and individual clients. President Spartanburg County Bar; member and President of South Carolina Bar Foundation; President Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce; Chairman Board of Trustees of Kennedy Library; member South Carolina State Board of Education; President The Piedmont Club; Trustee of Furman University; Trustee of Spartanburg Methodist College; Director banks and corporations; deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church — all honors merited by his character, intelligence and sound judgment.