Thirteen years after ending his career in the Army, this honorary Robertson family member quit his Duck Dynasty day job to return to serve his country.
Tim Mize is Phil Robertson's personal assistant, property manager and cameraman and has made six appearances on Duck Dynasty.
He served 18 years in the Army, the last six being a recruiter for the Louisiana National Guard. He has deployed to Honduras, Belize, and Afghanistan throughout his career.
Four days before one of his deployments in 2000, his brother passed away. He and his brother were extremely close and enjoyed hunting together. Mize had filmed their hunting trips since the time he was thirteen-years-old.
"I was away for a year. Upon returning home, we got to hunt in November and December and then he died that January," Mize told Military Spot.
After his brother's death, hunting had lost its appeal. He no longer wanted to venture out into the woods without the companionship of his brother.
In 2003, everything changed. He found duck hunting and began watching the Duck Commander videos. One day, he showed up unannounced to the Robertson house and has been welcome ever since
"We just kind of adopted him," Miss Kay said. "He's family."
Over the next year or two, he and Phil formed a close friendship. The two hunted together and Mize even grew the trademark Duck Dynasty beard. Robertson shared the gospel with Mize and eventually baptized him in 2006.
Mize started working for Phil, "setting up [his] appointments, traveling with him during speaking engagements, mingling with celebrities, building duck blinds, conducting hunts, working in the warehouse and 'whatever else needed to get done'".
“Phil changed my life,” Mize said. “I’m a lot stronger of a Christian, husband and Soldier this time coming back into the military. He taught me to move forward and not get hung up on the past – to seek redemption, if necessary – and to try to impact everyone you meet in a positive way. That’s really what life is all about.”
Mize has returned to a career in the military as a recruiter in the Mississippi area. His decision did not surprise Robertson at all.
"I thought it was a very wise decision on his part," Robertson told Military Spot. "It's in his blood. He's a hard worker and a go-getter. A very serving man."