Bobby Goodson became a TV celebrity doing what he does every day: swamp logging. He’s used to overcoming all kinds of obstacles to get the job done. But for years, Bobby fought a losing battle – with himself.
“An old man told me one time years ago, he says, ‘Son, find a niche in life and you’ll make a living,'” Bobby recalls.
And that’s just what Bobby did, finding his niche as a swamp logger. Because of his successful logging company in Jacksonville, North Carolina, he was even featured on the Discovery Channel hit show called “Swamp Loggers.”
Bobby once told CBN, “I still don’t think of myself as a star. I mean, I just felt like I’m a person with a job, and we just did our job. In the type of work we do, every day is a challenge, every day is different. You’ve always got obstacles to overcome. I guess what gets me out of bed in the morning is to come out and face the challenges, to do something that nobody can’t do or don’t want to do.”
But Bobby wasn’t always the face of a reality TV show. He came from four generations of loggers. As a young boy he learned to party with the older kids he knew. He even went to school drunk in the fifth grade.
Bobby remembers, “Looking back over my life, I couldn’t remember a day that I had went without getting high or drinking or some type of drug.”
Bobby dated plenty of girls. When he was 14, he met Lori but their relationship was volatile from the very beginning.
Bobby remembers, “When I got mad I didn’t hold back and neither did she.”
“I could shoot back with the best of them'” says Lori. “If it was a little push, I pushed back. If it was screaming and yelling and cursing, I was, you know, right up in his face too. I mean, I knew how to push the right buttons.”
Bobby recalls, “Whatever I thought would hurt her the worst, that’s what I would tell her.”
Lori says, “The worst thing that Bobby ever said to me, I still can remember the time. He looked at me and he said, ‘I don’t love you anymore.’ It physically made me sick. There were days that I could not get out of bed.”
When Bobby and Lori were just 16 years old they had a baby they named Justin. They married five years later. Bets were placed on how long the marriage would last.
Bobby remembers, “I didn’t know it until after the wedding, but my brother had actually taken bets that within a year I’d kill her.”
Bobby’s brother didn’t realize how close he’d come to for telling the future. One night, Bobby came home drunk. When Lori found him passed out she tried to wake him. Bobby flew into a rage.
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