From the Woods to the Heart: L&S Logging’s Triumph Over Adversity

A Mississippi logging family’s resilience, challenges, and the unseen struggles behind the Logger of the Year.

In the heart of Philadelphia, Mississippi, where the dense woods tell tales of hard work and resilience, there exists a family that has not only conquered the challenges of the logging industry but has triumphed over life’s most formidable adversaries. Larry and Samantha “Sam” Winstead, the proprietors of L&S Logging, are not just the recipients of this year’s prestigious Logger of the Year award; they are the embodiment of tenacity in the face of adversity.

As the announcement echoed through the small town, it wasn’t just a recognition of business success; it was a celebration of a family’s unwavering commitment to an industry that, as Larry puts it, “gets in your blood.” The award wasn’t just an accolade; it was a testament to decades of hard work, love for the craft, and an unyielding spirit that defined the Winstead family.

In a heartfelt interview, Larry shared the essence of being a logger. “You either love it or hate it. And if you love it, it doesn’t matter how bad it is, it doesn’t matter how good; you still want to do it.” These were not just words; they were a reflection of a lifetime of dedication to an industry that often goes unnoticed.

Samantha, Larry’s partner in both life and business, echoed the sentiment of humility. “I think after 25 years, Larry, he really has done a really good job, and he’s good at what he does, and he loves it. It’s really humbling and it’s a big honor for us.”

The story of L&S Logging is not just about harvesting timber; it’s a narrative of survival, family bonds, and the indomitable spirit that prevails even in the harshest of circumstances. Larry’s gratitude resonated as he thanked the Lord, his family, and the local community for their support. “Sometimes it was tough, but we got it. And they helped us out.”

The Logger of the Year award, in the midst of sawdust and towering trees, became a symbol of triumph over adversity. Larry summed it up, expressing gratitude for the recognition bestowed upon him by the Mississippi Forestry Association: “And I’m thankful for the Mississippi Forestry Association for electing me as logger of the year.”

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