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September 16, 2013

All in the family

‘Duck Dynasty’ cast members visit Athens for Hope Springs benefit

Athens — There’s an old saying: “Behind every bearded man is a good woman.”

Missy Robertson, who stars on the A&E reality TV show “Duck Dynasty” along with her husband Jase and the rest of the extended family, spoke to more than 200 fans at the Athens Country Club on Saturday in a fundraiser for Hope Springs Water. 

Missy praised the Hope Springs Water project which uses the sale of bottled water to fund digging wells to bring fresh water to people in third-world countries.

“I’m honored ... that you would have me be a part of this great cause,” Missy said. “It’s a wonderful cause that you started.”

Missy brought along her three children, Reed, Cole and Mia, who contributed by singing and fielding some questions from the appreciative crowd.

Missy said Jase, her husband of 22 years, was speaking elsewhere Saturday. She said that when the show was launched in 2011, no one envisioned the kind of popularity it has achieved. She said the family uses the celebrity they’ve gained through the show to share their Christian beliefs.

Missy let the crowd in on a few things they may or may not know about the Duck Dynasty family.

“My father-in-law, Phil, is a what some people call a blunt person,” Missy said. “He’s a very nice person, but can be very brash.”

Missy assured the crowd that none of Phil’s comments on the show are scripted and added that he studies the Bible more than any man she knows.

“He’s got his recliner all the way back and one leg up on one arm of the chair,” Robertson said. “He’s got his Bible in one hand and a notebook in the other.  That’s the way I see him almost every time I walk in his house.”

Phil Robertson’s wife, Miss Kay, is the best cook on the planet, Missy said. “You could not argue with anyone about that, especially her.”

Missy said Miss Kay is also one of the most forgiving people on the planet and endured Phil’s gruff temperament before he became a Christian.

“They owned a beer joint,” Missy said. “Jase would hide under the bar while his dad fought with people at the bar. It was not a happy early childhood for Jase.”

Jase’s brother, Willie, who now runs the Duck Commander duck call business Phil started in the 70s, is a workaholic, Missy said.

“What you might not know is that he is a practical joker,” Missy said. “It doesn’t come across on the show. On the show it looks like Jase is the one goofing off all of the time. But really, Willie does just as much.”

Jase enjoys life and loves to hunt and fish, Missy said. He was a loner in high school, Missy said, because few of his schoolmates shared his Christian convictions.

“He’s a very people-loving person who has fun and likes to have family and friends around him. But it took a while for him to realize that he had to be with people,” Missy said.

Missy describes Uncle Si is much as he appears on the TV show — crazy.

“What you might not know is he’s been married to the same woman for 43 years,” Missy said. “He is one of the most kind and gentle men you’ll ever meet. The kids love him.”

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