Reality TV shows come and go, but viewers always keep up with the show’s stars.
No matter how many years pass by, people want to know what former TV show personalities are up to, especially if they keep a low profile after the show ends.
Ron Shirley was a famous reality TV star from Lizard Lick Towing show, which premiered on truTV in 2011 and had seven successful seasons until 2014.
Ron starred alongside his wife, Amy Shirley, and Bobby Brantley on the show.
So, how is life for Ron after the TV show that catapulted him into fame ended in 2014?
Managing the Lizard Lick Towing Empire
As you can observe from the company’s official website, Ron Shirley still operates Lizard Lick Towing Company as its president.
It is worth noting that Ron was running his towing business before he was approached for a feature in a reality TV show.
So, his decision to continue managing the company after the show ran its course was not out of the ordinary.
Besides running the towing company, Ron also ventured into the culinary world by establishing a barbecue restaurant named Hot Rods.
Evangelism and Spiritual Leadership
Unknown to most people who watched Lizard Lick Towing, Ron is also a licensed and ordained church leader, spearheading a congregation called Dirt Church.
This non-denominational ministry is dedicated to assisting individuals struggling with addiction, depression, and various other life challenges.
In addition to leading his church, Ron also receives invitations to speak and deliver sermons at various events.
Beyond his roles in business and ministry, Ron also chose to leave his mark on the literary world.
He hasauthored books titled Lizard Tales: The Wit and Wisdom of Ron Shirley and Lizard Tales: The Next Chapter, which fans eager to learn more about his life journey can find on platforms like Amazon.
While the themes of his messages may vary across these platforms, they provide Ron with yet another channel to share his perspectives and connect with a broader audience.
Through this medium, Ron continues to captivate and engage listeners with his charismatic personality and compelling storytelling.
Ron Shirley’s Early Life
Ron Shirley was born in 1972 in North Carolina’s town of Lizard Lick.
Bobby Brantley, his childhood friend, also featured in the Lizard Lick Towing show.
Ron played football in college but had to leave the team due to an injury.
He later developed an interest in the automotive industry and worked in the sales department for a car-selling company.
Ron’s growing passion led him to venture into the challenging towing specialty to offer repossession services.
When Ron started his towing company, it never occurred to him that it would open doors to a new level of stardom since he had already appeared on one episode of the World’s Dumbest TV series in 2010.
Ron Shirley, his wife Amy Shirley, and his long-term friend, Bobby Brantley, launched Lizard Lick Towing in 2011, a TV show that attracted a significant viewership for its seven seasons.
Each episode had a 30-minute run, and viewers always looked forward to watching Ron’s humorous approach to different repossession encounters.
Viewers loved his famous catchphrases, such as Repo Ron and Get Licked, which he printed on his merchandise t-shirts and hats.
Lizard Lick Towing was a TV success that recorded high ratings.
Unfortunately, all good shows have an end, and Lizard Lick Towing was no exception.
After thrilling viewers with seven seasons, the show called it quits.
Three years after Lizard Lick Towing bowed out, Ron returned to the screens in 2017 on two TV Series; Ronnie’s Redneck Road Trip and Burning Rubber.
He also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2012.
However, Ron established a deep connection with his fans and didn’t disappoint them by disappearing like we have seen some TV stars do.
His social media timelines contain videos and photos surrounding his work, family, and friends.
Ron is a proud father of four children, two daughters and two sons, three of whom he shares with his wife, Amy Shirley.
Sadly, Ron lost his son Harley Alexander in 2022, who was 21 when he died following a shooting in a gas station’s parking lot.
The culprits, two of whom were teens, were arrested in connection to the murder.
Harley was Ron’s firstborn son from a past relationship with Kristi Lee.
Ron reportedly has a net worth of $4.5 million. He made most of his money from his popular TV show.
Ron’s additional income comes from his published books, merchandise, and Lizard Lick Towing Company, whose fleet mostly comprises Ford and Dodge Ram pickups.
Ron uses part of his fortune in charitable initiatives by partnering with organizations such as the American Cancer Society and Speedway Children’s Charities.