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The Legacy of Roy Rogers' and Dale Evans' Faith Lives on in Branson, Missouri

Teresa Neumann : Aug 17, 2008 : Randall Murphree - OneNewsNow

"We hear testimonies about young boys who gave their lives to Christ because Roy Rogers said it was important."

Growing Up with Roy and DaleIn an article for OneNewsNow, reporter Randall Morpheme has written a piece about the Happy Trails Theater in Branson, Missouri, and the adjoining Rogers Museum. Readers old enough to remember American icons Roy Rogers and Dale Evans will appreciate Mr. Murphree's impressions of the show, and also of the book Growing Up with Roy & Dale by Roy Rogers Jr.

In a nutshell, Roy Jr. reveals the joys and struggles of the famous couple, their abiding faith, and what it was like growing up as one of Roy and Dale's nine children. For example, they both grew up dirt poor. Dale was married, divorced and had a child, all by the age of 15. Roy was a widower with children of his own when they met. Three of their children died. Yet, notes the report, "their Christian faith allowed them to keep singing Happy Trails, their trademark theme song."

Roy Jr. is also quoted as saying his parents allowed their challenges to make them stronger. "We hear testimonies about young boys who gave their lives to Christ because Roy Rogers said it was important," he adds. "In a sense, being the son of Roy Rogers has prepared me for being a Christian. Mom always used to say to me, ''you have to watch what you do because your life is the only Bible some people are ever going to read.'"



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