Lizard Lick Towing: Amy Shirley says she and Ron are the 'redneck Kardashians'

Amy Shirley of truTVs Lizard Lick Towing opens up about her family, her busy life and her faith in this exclusive interview with Huliq.

Ron Shirley and Bobby Brantley are frequently in the spotlight on truTVs Lizard Lick Towing, repoing cars and taking the heat for their chosen profession. But, without Amy Shirley keeping things running back at the office and at home, Ron and Bobby would likely find themselves surrounded by uncontrollable chaos instead of cars.

Fans of Lizard Lick Towing will recognize Amy as the not-to-be-pushed-around wife of Ron Shirley, as well as co-owner/vice-president of their favorite towing company. If you wind up “getting’ licked,” don’t think you’re just going to march into that office and get your car without going through Amy first. It’s easy to understand after watching Amy deal with a few out-of-control customers just how she got her nickname as a world-class powerlifter—“Firecracker.” But, is that little town of Lizard Lick, North Carolina, really as busy as it seems on television?

“It is very busy,” Amy confirms. “We have our own lot merchandise shop that sits right there. So, people love to come and take pictures, see if Lizard Lick is real. You know, we’ve been in business for 20 years. So, not only are we getting traffic from the television show, we’re also getting traffic from our day-to-day business Monday thru Friday. Now, we’ve got a lot of foot traffic going through there, and I stress ‘foot traffic,’ ‘cause they’re usually coming to pick something up.”

As important as the business is to her, Amy’s highest priority is her family with husband Ron—which is why fans never see her kids on the TV screen.

“I’m one of those overprotective parents. … I will allow everyone to know that I do have a family, so not only am I a full-time mom, and I work at Lizard Lick Towing, I do MMA fights and hunt a lot. … Basically, I just want to keep my kids out of society’s spotlight right now just because you never know what’s gonna happen day-to-day. You don’t know who you come in contact with on certain days, and I’m always scared that something is going to happen to one of my kids. And, if something was to happen to one of my kids because I am on TV, I would feel like I failed them. So, I do what I can to protect my kids.”

But, do the kids want to be on TV?

“You know, they don’t really care. That’s the good thing about my kids—they hang in there like a hair on a biscuit.”

So, is this full-time business woman and mom still regularly involved with MMA?

“I still train,” she confirms. Recently, however, Amy has been taking a leave of absence from MMA and training, after having a fractured foot and fractured wrist, both on the right side. “I was walking around in two casts, so it looked like I was in a car accident, and I said, ‘Well, I wish I could give y’all this great story, but I was rolling around on the mat and the girl just crushed me, pretty much,’” she said, a bit of a self-deprecating laugh in her voice.

And, if her own daughters want to get into MMA?

“You know what? I support my kids in anything they want to do. I’ll stand behind them as long as it ain’t nothing illegal and it’s nothing that goes against my religious beliefs. I support my kids in whatever they want to do, whatever avenues they choose to take in life.”

Fans of the show are aware of how important faith is to the Shirleys. But, as Amy explains, preaching is something you will never see on Lizard Lick Towing. Instead, the Shirleys choose to live their faith daily, on camera and off.

“It’s not that I keep it separate,” she explained, “it’s just that with society, there’s so many people that have different beliefs. And, as a Christian, I feel that sometimes you lead by example. You don’t breathe fire and brimstone down somebody’s throat to get them to walk a certain life, because a lot of people don’t accept that. So, what I do is, I add little things you’ll see in the show, like Bible verses on the white boards; you’ll see Ronnie’s Obadiah or his Romans shirts.”

And, what does she have to say to those who might see her sometimes-explosive temper as running counter to her daily intention to “lead by example?”

“The only time you’ll ever see me get upset with someone is normally in self-defense,” Amy says. “I don’t go out looking to fight, I don’t go out trying to fight. But, I promise you, I’m not going to let someone walk on me as a doormat, either. Even in the Bible, Jesus became angered and crushed the pillars in the temple. So, honestly, what I do, is that I just love people, and I just set an example, and hope that they understand, you know, Christians are gonna fail. We’re gonna make mistakes. We’re humans. We’re not perfect.

“Ronnie’s life verse is John 16:33,” Amy continued. “’In this world you will have trials and tribulations, but take heart, Jesus overcame the world.’ And, the reason that he loves that life verse so much is because that it doesn’t matter what happens to you in life. Everybody’s gonna have trials, Everybody’s gonna have tribulations. It’s how you react to those trials and tribulations that sets you apart from the rest. And, you’re light will shine out on others that way.”

With so much on her plate, Amy confirms that work goes on around the clock, whether she is in Lizard Lick mode or mom/wife mode.

“You don’t never EVER leave work. When it ain’t on at Lizard Lick, then you’re on at home. When you’ve got four kids you don’t stop. You are constantly doing something, from football to computers to let’s go to Frankie’s. So, I’m always out there.”

And, when it’s all said and done, Amy says she and the gang at Lizard Lick Towing are just your everyday neighbors next door.

“I think sometimes that people don’t understand, we’re probably one of the most reachable reality TV stars on TV. Because people see me all the time and I’ll be in Target or Wal-Mart and they’ll be like, ‘You’re here!’ Yeah, we’re real, we’re not cartoons! We are who we are, we’re average everyday people, just working, just like everybody else. We fit into society, just like everybody else. The only difference is we’ve got a little TV show. Bobby looks like the redneck Tom Cruise, and me and Ronnie look like the redneck Kardashians,” she laughs.

Amy, Ronnie, Bobby and the whole Lizard Lick Towing gang will be back in action tonight, Monday, August 6, on truTV, with a brand-new episode beginning at 10 p.m.

UPDATED: Cousin Johnny comes through for Lizard Lick

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Comments

Submitted by tanya (not verified) on
Amy i watch the show ever week. I love this show. I like what you do and love how you run things. Im 24 and look up to you. Keep up the good work. And good luck on the fight.

Submitted by Amy Torres (not verified) on
Not only do Amy and I share the same name... We are both strong women and i love to watch her on the show. she freaken rocks... love her hard attitude and loving with her family... she dont put up with bull and i love it

Submitted by Steve Gilbert (not verified) on
I am originally from NC now living in New Orleans, so on Monday nights, on reruns and on trutv2go, I am back home for a little while! My wife laughs at me because when I am watching the show, my NC "accent"(to which I swear I don't have) comes out just as strong and its as if I never left home. That is one thing that will keep my heart at the lick, I feel like y'all are family!

Submitted by Tammy (not verified) on
I love what you all do. I watch and record your show every Monday nite. Then when the season is over i put on CD to watch over again.I am from there but live in Mississipp now . Miss NC .

Submitted by Rochelle (not verified) on
I love your show and you guys are real people....don't see that much any more. I hope you guys are on for a very long time.

Submitted by valerie k (not verified) on
hey amy i think yalls show is great and besides your show it is a full time job with kids i have 3 boys myself and they keep my going nonstop just wanted to tell u that i love the show and i think yall are great and bobby is a fine looking man .keep it rockin

Submitted by Rochelle (not verified) on
I love your show and you guys are real people....don't see that much any more. I hope you guys are on for a very long time.

Submitted by valerie k (not verified) on
hey amy i think yalls show is great and besides your show it is a full time job with kids i have 3 boys myself and they keep my going nonstop just wanted to tell u that i love the show and i think yall are great and bobby is a fine looking man .keep it rockin

Submitted by MARYELLEN HARRELL (not verified) on
AMY you are right your family comes first keep your kids self i have two girl and two grandsons i would do any thing for them i watch the show every week and last night show was good i know it only a show this is to Ron a man needs to stand behind his wife all ways thats what love is all about . AMY GOOD LUCK GIRL WE WE KEEP YOU IN OUR PRAYS .

Submitted by starlite (not verified) on
me and my husband watch the show every monday. Last week you guy's were in ohio and i wish that i could have gotten out to see ya. God bless all of you

Submitted by diane (not verified) on
Don't they ever call the police when things are damaged or is just a stunt for the show?

Submitted by Dude (not verified) on
I never miss an episode. Yeah, I'm sure parts are re-enacted or staged but it's funny!

Submitted by Joanne (not verified) on
I live in Myrtle Beach, but I grew up in Greenville, NC. It's fun to see and hear about towns and places near home. my husband took me to Lizard Lick to show me it was really a very small crossroad. I want to come back when I can meet you guys and buy a tee-shirt! love the show!!!

Submitted by Bonnie L. Green (not verified) on
Amy, Ron, & Bobby: I watch your show every week, I am so in Awe of how you conduct yourselfs, you not only run a business, you are true live people in real live situations no fake. you are an inspiration to a lot of people and you do make a difference in a lot of lives. you show how to take care of situation without cussing and yelling, and you show how to resolve problems with all of that excess. I appriciate everything you show us on the show it is a very good show and we watch you all of the time. I think you guys are very good for the Television, to show good wholesome Television. Keep up the good work ! Hope to meet you in person Would Love too....

Submitted by MARYELLEN HARRELL (not verified) on
We all know that thank you any way.

Submitted by Bonnie L. Green (not verified) on
Amy, Ron, & Bobby: I watch your show every week, I am so in Awe of how you conduct yourselfs, you not only run a business, you are true live people in real live situations no fake. you are an inspiration to a lot of people and you do make a difference in a lot of lives. you show how to take care of situation without cussing and yelling, and you show how to resolve problems with all of that excess. I appriciate everything you show us on the show it is a very good show and we watch you all of the time. I think you guys are very good for the Television, to show good wholesome Television. Keep up the good work ! Hope to meet you in person Would Love too....

Submitted by christina daughtry (not verified) on
amy you are just great! all that you do on the show is amazing your view on stuff is right on the money. I just love lizard lick show and bobby he seems like a big ol teddy bear one day im coming to lizard lick N.C and im coming to meet yall

Submitted by joe mathena (not verified) on
i thought it was a fake at first but i got direction to it lizard lick i really love this show my wife &kids do also amy i think you handle yourself very well to be a lady just wish my daughter could take up some of your kick butt ways to beat a piece of scum of a boyfriend she has that beats & abuses her would love to stop by & meet the whole crew on 8-15-12 on my way to myrtlebeach sincerly your #1 fan joe of west bygosh va

Submitted by Sharolynne (not verified) on
My mother and I enjoy your shows. Especially Bobby Brantley. He is the glue in the show. I love the way these people who haven't paid their notes and get their autos or whatever repoed and they pitch a fit. Next time pay your bills and you will keep your junk. Aloha and thanks for allowing the world into ya'lls world. Appreciate you all.

Submitted by Sharolynne (not verified) on
My mother and I enjoy your shows. Especially Bobby Brantley. He is the glue in the show. I love the way these people who haven't paid their notes and get their autos or whatever repoed and they pitch a fit. Next time pay your bills and you will keep your junk. Aloha and thanks for allowing the world into ya'lls world. Appreciate you all.

Submitted by Barbara (not verified) on
Win your fight, Amy .. I'm behind you 100% ...and God give you and Ron the strength to get thru it.

Submitted by Sherry Falling ... (not verified) on
Amy this was excelent honey. I've talked to you before on the phone, but wouldn't keep you long. All of you, Ronnie, Bobbie, and you are near and dear to me. You make me laugh. I just suffered Congestive Heart Failure, just got out of the Hospital Friday evening, and it's still not over Amy.Gotta have 2 surgries, and they don't know if they can replace my r Heart Valve. I'm so afraid, so please pray for me, I need your prayers and anyone else who feels led to. Thank you, talk to ya later on Amy xoxo

Submitted by Geri McCarthy (not verified) on
Had the pleasure of getting a signed autograph from Ron and Amy up at the Pocono 400 in June,my husband was security and I also got to talk on the phone to Ron! Made my day! Love u guys and the show. If I ever get to N.C., Lizard Lick is my first stop!!! xoxoxx

Submitted by Geri McCarthy (not verified) on
Had the pleasure of getting a signed autograph from Ron and Amy up at the Pocono 400 in June,my husband was security and I also got to talk on the phone to Ron! Made my day! Love u guys and the show. If I ever get to N.C., Lizard Lick is my first stop!!! xoxoxx

Submitted by Polter (not verified) on
WHY don't they get you a real door and door frame - and secure service window? anyone could punch right through that door you have easy, not even a dead bolt is there? Come ON! You all know better

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