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.”
‘Duck Dynasty’ cast members visit Athens for Hope Springs benefit
There’s an old saying: “Behind every bearded man is a good woman.”
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Volunteers now needed for Athens Soup Kitchen
Athens resident Terry Mayhall walked through the doors of the Athens Soup Kitchen asking if he could just volunteer. Mayhall now spends his Thursdays cooking soup for people who are hungry.
Athens Soup Kitchen, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The mission is to feed those who are hungry. The facility that feeds 30 to 63 people weekly, opened its door in March 2014.
Coston named chamber president
After a diligent search, the Athens Chamber of Commerce Board has named Mike Coston president.
“The chamber board selected a search committee, which consisted of Chamber members, community leaders and business owners,” Ashley Adams McKee, Chairman of the Athens Chamber of Commerce Board, said. “Our committee knew that we wanted to take our time to find the most qualified person to serve as our new president. We had more than 10 applicants and in our first round of interviews we were all equally impressed and excited about Mike's experience and passion for chamber business.”
Update on restaurant projects given
City of Athens officials gave an update on some ongoing projects and financial information at a meeting on Wednesday.
Director of Planning and Development Gary Crecilius said progress on the Cotton Patch Cafe has slowed considerably with the discovery of a possible environmental hazard. The restaurant is being constructed east of the Walmart store on East Tyler Street.
HCPAC announces ‘Mattress’ sales
Why would HCPAC be selling mattresses? Actually, the “mattresses” are tickets to “Once Upon a Mattress,” which opens Thursday, Aug. 7.
The 26th Annual Youth Summer Musical stars 24 very talented area students, ages 10 through college, and tells the “fractured fairy tale” version of the “Princess and the Pea.”
Gearing up for Celebrity Waiter event
The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake is gearing up for its annual Celebrity Waiter event. The Celebrity Waiter committee met on Thursday to discuss last minute items. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 9 at Athens Country Club. This will be the 18th year the CCL Rotary Club has hosted the fundraiser. For ticket information call Erin Osborn at 903-887-7486.
Paul Harris recognition
Rotary of Cedar Creek Lake President Erin Osborn presents Rotarian Bill Burnett with his second Paul Harris recognition. Rotarians are given a Paul Harris recognition when a Rotarian donates $1,000 or more to the fund outright. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.
Sanders suspended indefinitely
Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.
Wide receivers Kendall Sanders, of Athens, and Montrel Meander were arrested and later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.
Thunderstorms take their toll on counties
A line of thunderstorms rolled through Henderson County on Wednesday, snapping tree branches and power lines along the way.
The winds that accompanied the storm resulted in thousands of people in North Texas without electricity and roads broken by falling trees or debris.
Council considering Burton's severance package
The Athens City Council, by a 3-to-2 vote, tabled a budget adjustment on Wednesday to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who’s stepping down at the end of the year.
Eustace ISD approves tax rates
The Eustace Independent School District Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in the Eustace High School Library.
Several reports and agenda items were considered by the board, and all were passed or approved. Board Secretary Ashley McKee was absent.
The board was presented with the superintendent's reports on revenue, expenditures, payroll and taxes.
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