Larry Matthews was born and raised in Natchez, Mississippi. He graduated from South Natchez Adam's High School. Larry attended Southern University for three years and afterwards, he joined the Unites States Army. He completed his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering through US Army/University of Maryland. Larry completed an Army tour of duty for 14 years. In addition, he completed his Master's program at the University of South Alabama (MBA). Currently, he is employed as Plant Manager at a local Chemical Plant.