Born in Park View Hospital in Rocky Mount, James Edward “Butch” Robbins grew up on a farm in southern Edgecombe County. While attending West Edgecombe School, Robbins joined the US Army in 1967, and was sent to Vietnam. In 1968 he stepped on a mine and lost both legs and an arm. He returned to North Carolina to the farm life he knew well despite his loss. Later he became an auctioneer with Goins and Harris. In 1993 he began his own auction firm. Robbins wrote So You Think Times are Tough! and became a motivational speaker encouraging others to succeed as he has.
Inducted into Hall of Fame 2012