Marshville residents react to Randy Travis 2012 arrest video

NBC Charlotte spoke with Marshville residents to hear their thoughts on Randy Travis' 2012 arrest video.

UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- Talk about digging up bones. 

The Texas DPS released a police dash cam video from Randy Travis' DWI arrest back in 2012. The video shows Travis naked and acting belligerently towards police. 

It's embarrassing video and Travis paid the price, receiving two years probation and a $2,000 fine. 

Less than a year after the incident, the country singer was hospitalized with a viral upper respiratory infection before suffering a massive stroke. 

The 6-time Grammy winner was on life support, staring death in the face before making an amazing comeback. 

Last year, Randy took the stage with his wife, Mary, at his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and made his first public singing appearance in years. 

"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound," belted from Randy's mouth. 

Amazing grace is exactly what the town of Marshville has for its homegrown country singer. Randy was born and raised in Marshville, a town 45 minutes east of Charlotte. 

"Everybody deserves a second chance and some people deserve three chances," said Jim Rowell, a lifelong resident vice president of the Marshville Chamber of Commerce. 

The town's claim to fame is no secret. 

"Randy Travis is from here," Rowell said proudly. 

The country singer's name sits above the town's sign on Highway 74 and despite being gone for decades, Randy is still revered.

"He likes to be involved now. He's changed his life," said Rowell. 

In September, Randy and Mary returned to Marshville for it's annual "Bo Weevil" festival where he received the keys to the city along with another honor. 

As ugly as the video is, it's a testament to how far Travis has come in five years. 

Partially paralyzed, Randy continues to rehab from his stroke. He doesn't speak much and his vocabulary is limited. 

On one hand, he could avoid the limelight but on the other hand, his commitment to Mary and his music keep him going. 

Forever and ever, amen. 

© 2017 WCNC.COM


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment