Water and life
NEYBA, Dominican Republic — Manuel Aquino Castro has a hard time…
It’s Sunday morning, and Alan Robertson, dressed in all black, steps up to the wooden pulpit at White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in the small town of West Monroe, La. The crowd of nearly 1,500 erupts into applause.
His dad, Phil, mom, Kay, and Uncle Si sit in their usual spots in the back of the massive church, while his younger brother, Jase, and sister-in-law, Missy, sit up front in the third row.
His family is easy to spot, especially for fans of the mega-successful A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty.” Phil, Si and Jase are dressed in head-to-toe camouflage, with their long, scraggly beards resting on their chests. Si removes his baseball cap for the service, but Phil leaves his dark sunglasses on, as they both sing and bob their heads to the hymns.
The Robertsons gather together regularly for church, but for years they’ve been split over the show that’s made them famous to 9.6 million viewers. Alan has never appeared on “Duck Dynasty” — he’s the only brother of the four who’s avoided the spotlight.
As for himself, Al said he wouldn’t mind appearing on the show in the future — preferably without a beard: “My idea was, jokingly, that they have me come in and demand to know why I’ve been left out of the family.”
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