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The Passing of Andy Griffith

I woke up this morning to learn that Andy had passed away in N.C.  Howard and Andy were close friends. Andy was an amazing person. He always said “Howard was my good luck charm. Everytime Howie was around, something good would happen.”

The world loves you, Andy.


Please feel free to share your thoughts about Andy using the “comment” link below.

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  • David Browning July 3, 2012, 10:23 am

    What a sad day. A great icon has passed away and now the group who brought us so much joy has lost its leader. Andy Griffith was a true legend in the field of entertainment and will never be matched for his talent, humanity, and for the joy he brought to millions.

  • Angie July 3, 2012, 11:56 am

    We have a lot of great memories of a simpler way of life. Having grown up in a small North Carolina town, I cherish the work of all those who made Mayberry such a wonderful part of growing up. I also enjoyed his music and work on other projects. God speed to a true southern gentleman.

  • Wallace July 3, 2012, 2:03 pm

    What a great part of my childhood, The Andy Griffith Show was. Along with Leave it to Beaver……..something I could identify with being about the age of Opie and the Beaver. Funny then, but funnier later in life when as an adult I could fully understand the subtleties! Ernest T. is such a well known icon, it’s hard to believe that he was only in 5 episodes!

  • Brad Cunningham July 4, 2012, 2:11 pm

    I, too, grew up in a small town in Western North Carolina. Andy was my childhood hero, and remains a hero today. NC has lost a native son, and true ambassdor. But, the world has lost a great man. You know people loved Andy, because the only award he won for acting was a People’s Choice Award for Matlock. That (an award voted upon by fans who actually watch) is the highest compliment in my opinion. God bless Cindy and the rest of the family….. The world has lost a true gentleman and hero… Rest in Peace, Andy Griffith….

  • Dave Millard- A Dollar and a Quarter Club July 4, 2012, 2:22 pm

    I feel like I have lost a family member with the passing of Andy Griffith. He was without a doubt one of the most talented, caring people you could ever meet. Our local chapter will be 14 years old come this October & I can tell you this, we will carry on the legacy of The Andy Griffith Show through our local chapter. We have formed friendships that will last forever. It’s all because of a little 1960’s sitcom that introduced us to the way of life we all long for. The world is turbulent & ever-changing, but in Mayberry it it peaceful & timeless. Thanks Andy for our heritage, we won’t let you down.

  • Mark Grubb July 4, 2012, 5:17 pm

    Andy was an American Treasure. When I was a kid we could all gather around that odd shaped B&W televsion set and watch Andy and escape to Mayberry. Escape the nightly news about the raging war in Vietnam and the ugly protests and racial violence. We could escape and go to Mayberry, where everything was normal and everyone knew each other and cared for one another.

    Andy we sure will miss your smiling face. Losing you is like everything that use to be wholesome has taken its last breath.

  • Robert V. Rodriguez July 4, 2012, 8:20 pm

    I grew up in Anaheim, Ca. And the Andy Griffith show was a very big part of my daily shows. I have all the seasons on Dvd and what makes me now even more sad is, I had told my wife a few years ago that I was going to get Andy and Barney (Don Knotts) to Autograph them for me. Wow!!! I can’t believe Andy is no longer here. You are a great Man Andy Griffith you will be missed…

  • Ed Guffey July 5, 2012, 12:59 pm

    Andy was the greatest. they had all the best on the Andy Griffith Show. over the years I have
    taped all of Andy Griffitts shows. I sat and cut the commercials out of each one.
    I have tried to get in touch with Andy for years. when they got together with the whole
    cast someone asked how many shows did they talk about him and Barney being cousins. him and Barney both said it was one show. it was two shows where they
    talked about being cousins. Andy will be missed by everyone,

  • Irma Murray July 7, 2012, 3:41 pm

    Watching the Andy Griffith marathon on TVLand. I especially love the episodes with Ernest T. Bass. Andy and Ernest T. were two truly talented, special people. May they rest in peace.

  • Judy Henderson July 9, 2012, 8:44 pm

    We have been watching the Marathon, too. So neat to hear my 5 year old grandson giggling at the antics of Ernest T Bass! Thanks to all who created Mayberry for us all.

  • Steve Miller July 11, 2012, 3:21 pm

    The made for TV movie “Return to Mayberry” was made in 1986 in Los Olivos, Ca, a very small community, North of Santa Barbara, near Solvang. I was a ‘real’ Deputy Sheriff for Santa Barbara County and my home was in Los Olivos.
    The producers hired off duty Deputy’s (in uniform) to provide security for the filming. The entire movie was shot on location in and around Los Olivos. Our town park became the Mayberry Courthouse (false front, with real jail bars in the interior), our Post Office indicated “Mayberry” with a North Carolina zip code etc. My daughter was in the movie as one of the ‘first grade students’ Barney educates in ‘safety’ in a clown suit.
    I met most of the actors and got quite a few autographs on a “Fife For Sheriff” poster that I carried with me. When Ron Howard came on the (outdoor) set at the gas station, I asked him how he liked our town. He replied ” I don’t know I’ve only been here 10 min, but it sure looks like Mayberry” I spent hours talking with Jim Nabors , George Lindsey and Jack Dodson (Howard) , all very friendly and not ‘stuck up actors’.
    Unfortunately I never got to meet Howard Morris, as I really wanted ‘Ernest T. Bass’ signature on my poster. My security schedule and his appearance never met up. It was quite and interesting experience living in “Mayberry”. Ca during the month the filming took place
    Interesting unknown tidbit: The “flowers” with the white rock border around the actual flagpole in the center of town were made of satin and cost $10,000 dollars. A Deputy had to be there all hours the crew were gone to insure they weren’t stolen. After the production left my wife and I replaced the fake flowers with real pansy’s and maintained them the rest of the year . Steve Miller, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Dept (Retired)

  • Deb July 14, 2012, 9:21 pm

    I am so happy to find your website!
    I am also very sad about the passing of Andy Griffith. I grew up watching the shows, and loving every minute of them.
    Howard Morris is one of my favorite actors, for I remember more him in more roles than the wonderfully funny Ernest T. (although Ernest T. is probably my favorite role that your Dad played!).
    My other favorite role is the one he played in “Boys’ Night Out”, a wonderful comedy.
    I love your site, and will definitely visit Cafe Press…

  • Scott August 14, 2012, 3:46 pm

    If there was a better show on TV, I sure haven’t seen it. I’d give up the cell phones, internet and world news if I had a Mayberry to live in.

    • Heidi February 17, 2016, 5:12 pm

      I agree.

  • Larry Cadd February 1, 2013, 9:24 pm

    Andy was a man that alot of us wanted to be . I always wanted to be like him, I was’nt .
    how better off this world would be if we were.

  • Johnny meadwell March 31, 2014, 7:54 pm

    8 simple words ……. Simply the best better then all the rest !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ronnie July 11, 2014, 9:05 am

    One of the best shows ever!
    They will always be remembered and live on through the show………

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