Bachelor of Business Administration in Journalism, University Tennessee, 1951.
Night manager United Press, Alabama, 1951-1954. Managing editor Cotton Trade Journal, 1954-1959. Assistant advertising manager E. L. Bruce Company (flooring and floor care products company), 1959-1962.
Copy desk Memphis Commercial Appeal, 1962. Executive editor Ross Publications, 1963-1964. Advertising manager John Blue Company (manufacturer agricultural equipment), 1965-1967.
Associate editor Delta Farm Press, 1968-1969. Freelance writer, photographer, 1970-1972. Editorial director Cotton Farming, Rice Farming and Custom Applicator magazines Little Publications, Memphis, 1973-1986.
Freelance writer, since 1987.
Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946.
Son of Richard C. Mathis (stepfather) and Ruby Mathis. Married Dorothy Virginia Hewitt, October 22, 1949. Children: Steven Thomas, Diane Patricia.