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The other day when my mom and I were in West Monroe for Uncle Jimmy’s funeral, we made a quick stop by the Duck Commander world HQ, which was about a mile and a half from Uncle Jimmy’s church. My son Lucas is a huge Duck Dynasty fan, so I wanted to get him a t-shirt at the gift shop there. We pulled into the parking lot, and were startled to find it absolutely mobbed by the show’s fans. And the Robertsons weren’t even there!

I ended up getting myself this t-shirt, because of this Shakespeare quote on the back:

“He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man.”

If you’re not a fan of the reality show, that might not make sense to you. Look at the show’s stars:

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I’m not much of a TV watcher, but when a New Orleans friend of mine recommended the show, and said the Robertsons make Louisiana proud, I had to check it out. He was right. They’re just good ol’ boys in the very best sense. Almost every show ends up with them having dinner and saying grace — and might I say that outside of Orthodoxy, you will not find more glorious beards on Christian men. Family patriarch Phil Robertson explains where the faith came from:

In an interview the other day, Phil said:

Robertson also attributes his wife, Miss Kay, for the success of Duck Commander, and for being a Christian example to their four sons who are married and raising families of their own.

“I told Miss Kay we need to make sure our children don’t turn out like I turned out,” he said. “So they were raised up around biblical instruction. That mixed with discipline – the discipline code, I call it. They just had a lifestyle of seeing their parents do good things. I think maybe me loving their mother and me loving my neighbors around me had a profound impact on them. And what came out of that was four sons who are all married to their original wives. And they’re acting godly and I think Miss Kay and I had a hand in that.”

“So basically, I would recommend that to all parents. You have to discipline your children, or they won’t respect you, law enforcement or God, or anyone else. But I would say, overarching, I made sure they knew that we loved them, their mother and myself. … They were loved, they were given biblical instruction, they were seeing their dad and mom reach out to their neighbors around them, helping them, whether it be financial or marriage problems.”

That sounds just like the life Uncle Jimmy lived, though without an awesome beard.