July 05, 2012 : I felt so sad when I heard the news of Andy Griffith's passing. TAGS is a show that is still very funny and touching after all these many years. For me, watching it has a soothing effect in these difficult and troubled times in which we are living.

I love this show and always will. Andy and Don Knotts were one of the all-time GREAT comedic teams.

Andy, thank you very much for all the fun and laughter....RIP

July 05, 2012 : To honor Andy's memory, I've put together a short film about Kenneth Junkin, a devoted fan of The Andy Griffith Show. Thank you to TAGSRWC for your support during the making of this film: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-810914

July 05, 2012 : After the many years of great television, Andy will certainly be missed. It is a blessing to still have his programs on and now many will start to get their own DVDs of them. Although we are saddened by the news, we also rejoice to know that his name was written down in the Lambs Book of Life and we will see him again in heaven.
Tim Cawthon, Moundsville, Wv

July 05, 2012 : Andy made so many of us laugh. Tags had probably the greatest cast ever assembled on TV

July 05, 2012 : Have you heard the "Mayberry's Gone" song? Youtube it. What a man Andy was.

July 05, 2012 : The Andy Griffith Show is still funny today and holds up. I love Andy and Don. They were both so talented and the scripts were excellent. The entire cast was super. My favorite episodes were The Big House, Man In A Hurry, The Shoplifters, and the episode where Barney tries to get Andy to date Lydia because he broke up with Peggy.

July 05, 2012 : To quote a newspaper column today which itself paraphrased lines from "Opie the Birdman"
"Don't our hearts feel empty today. Yes, but dont the memories seem nice and full"
RIP Andy from a fellow Mt Airy boy

July 05, 2012 : I have been watching TAGS since the 60's, and it has always been my favorite TV show.

The characters were lovable, and the storylines were great.

R.I.P. Andy, and say "Hey" to all the fellow Mayberry-ians for me.

July 05, 2012 : Andy Griffith's "Sheriff Andy Taylor" character embodied the best in society. Thank you for sharing your talents with us, Mr. Griffith, may He comfort your family and friends, and may you rest in His eternal peace, sir.

July 05, 2012 : Simply one of the best! A true television pioneer!

July 05, 2012 : I enjoyed watching Andy on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock". I also enjoyed seeing him at the dedication ceremony for The Andy Griffith Parkway in 2002.

July 05, 2012 : Thank you Andy for being such an inspiration to North Carolina kids that grew up watching your television magic and for the life lessons you taught during the show

July 05, 2012 : Thank you for bringing Mayberry into our lives. Jim H,Centerville Tennessee

July 05, 2012 : andy griffin will ne remembered a mamy a day to come.to me andy was a man who seen what was and what would be america down the road to povertyand those days which are shortly to come in our lifetimes,andy griffin was a born native of north caroliaamd only 45 miles from my home town columbia north carolina,may andy find peace njow with [GOD] SIGNED =WILLIAM A. COOPER VERMONT

July 05, 2012 : Awww Andy, no one will ever fill your shoes. Thank you for Mayberry...a place we all live in our mind's eye. Where kindness, love, decency and respect are a way of life, topped off by a generous sense of good humor and fun. You are deeply loved and will be missed beyond words. Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us.

July 05, 2012 : In a world where people are honored for the worst kind of behavior, you won your fans by sharing your talent, character, and religion. Thanks for giving us a model for living life with class and humor. You will be greatly missed. Nathan P - NY

July 05, 2012 : I was so saddened upon hearing of Andy's sudden death. I have always loved him, he was one of the best actors I have ever seen.
I still love watching Mayberry RFD.
RIP Mr Taylor

July 06, 2012 : I am sorry for the passing of Andy Griffith. He was one of my favorite actors . I will truly miss him. I have all of his Andy Griffith show episodes that I will cherish. He is a great loss and I am proud to have known him through the episodes. I will pray for his family through these times. I will see him one day in Heaven.

July 06, 2012 : Andy Griffth was the father I never had. I loved watching the Andy Griffth show! It was a great, clean, show, and very funny. Opie was very lucky to have him as a father. Rest in peace Mr. Griffth, and thank you for providing us with a show that we can watch and remember you by. You will not be forgotten. You were very talented, and as a Christian, I loved the way you showed your love for Jesus, and didn't let the anyone stop you from showing it. The world lost a great man, and entertainer.

July 06, 2012 : I grew up watching The Andy Griffith Show. Ron Howard and I were born in 1954. When I watched the show one of the rare unique thing I observed was, once in a while a bus would arrive in Mayberry the the city MACON on the front. I was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, so I thought Mayberry was a real town. I an so blessed because of the values that I learned from the show. The tv station that originally aired the show from 1960-1968 still shows reruns every weekday at 5:30 pm. I feel as if I've lost a family member, I guess I have. Thank you Andy for helping raise me the right way and Rest in Peace

July 06, 2012 : I have always considered ones love and appreciation of TAGS as the "gold standard" of ones true character. Over the years I have found those that loved TAGS are decent and wonderful people. I can't help but wonder how many lives Andy has touched over the years in a good way. R.I.P. Andy Griffith. Thank goodness Andy Taylor will live on for generations to come.

July 06, 2012 : In Loving Memory of Andy Griffith
June 1st 1926 – July 3rd 2012

First to hear Andy on the turn table at the time
Could Master a one-liner on a dime!
“What it was…Was Football” we all laughed at him saying Yet making us roll over describing the referee in stripes As a convict in prison while the team was playing

It seemed in the motion picture it was all aloud
In his roll in “A Face In The Crowd”
Finding peace within the humor he would find
The very place that his life would shine

We all knew him best as the Sherriff with no gun
Raising a little lad named Opie as his son
Taking care of sweet Aunt Bee
The good hearted person we all would like to be

Through it all in a town of little strife
It was all about his side kick Deputy Barney Fife
The show gave us all a sense of belonging
Leaving us weekly wanting & longing
Till the next episode
Just waiting for Barney to implode
With a shaky gun & a finger on the trigger
Catching a crook or even hope a killer

It was in this vain that we all admired
Truly having but one desire
As to be a part of such a simple life it seemed
It was Andy that really made the scene

On to Matlock we would find
Andy Griffith of a different kind
Chasing the clues of every case
Even when older could keep up the pace
Giving us still then laughter & a tear
Because in his character we held so dear

It made it hard to see him with a bounty
In the acclaimed movie Murder In Coweta County
Looking past the character we all did see
That Andy was the man we wished to be

Soft spoken they say in so many ways
Yet bound & determined to lead the way
As an Actor Producer Director Comedian Singer all he could be
That brought all the emotions we shared & never could see That his life would touch us beyond compare As if everyday we all were there

His passing will leave us with memories to share
& from Andy none will compare
So rest our friend with this one thing you know
Your legacy lives on in each one of us down here below

Here’s to Andy with all the APPLAUSE!
We raise our glasses to the CAUSE! To his beloved family we leave you with our thoughts & prayers at your great loss.
Never Forgotten Always Remembered CHEERS!
Written by: Doc Smith “Life & Dreams” CR July 3, 2012 FB "wisesmith"

July 06, 2012 : I have lost my hero, the country has lost some one to look up to who set standards to live by.

July 06, 2012 : Andy Griffith, thanks for sharing you God given talents with the world. Mayberry will live on in television and in our hearts. The show was television master piece. I think we would all like to live in a town like Mayberry.

July 06, 2012 : Andy Griffith, thanks for sharing you God given talents with the world. Mayberry will live on in television and in our hearts. The show was a television master piece. I think we would all like to live in a town like Mayberry.

July 06, 2012 : Andy Griffith, thanks for sharing your God given talents with the world. Mayberry will live on in television and in our hearts. The show was a television master piece. I think we would all like to live in a town like Mayberry.

July 06, 2012 : Andy Griffith, thank you for sharing your God given talents with the world. Mayberry will live on in television and in our hearts. The show was a television master piece. I think we would all like to live in a town like Mayberry.

July 06, 2012 : Very sad to hear of Andy's passing. I am 53 years old and this is my 44th year of watching The Andy Griffith Show. I never tire of the show, it's always been my favorite TV show and always will be. There was a gentle, kind aura in Mayberry. As Andy once said...we filmed in the 1960s, we drove 1960s cars and had modern conveniences of those years but the pace was from an older time, a time when things were slower, friendlier and more
gentle. Well, Andy and his Mayberry are timeless and they will live forever on our TV screens and in our hearts. Thanks Andy for giving us so much to enjoy and to remember you by.

July 06, 2012 : If only this world had a few more Andy griffiths and a real Mayberry! RIP

July 06, 2012 : I have been thinking of why Andy and The Andy Griffith Show mean so much to me and I think it is because "Mayberry" speaks to the part of our human spirit that longs for home. That part of the spirit that was placed there by God himself..to help lead us to Himself. He made "coming home" possible by sending his son Jesus to die for our sins...Jesus is the bridge that leads us home. Andy knew this and it is reflected in the way he lived his life and in his influence in the creation of Mayberry. I take comfort that this life is not the end, but home is waiting...a place where we can sit together on the front porch of heaven and never part. Love to all my Mayberry Family, and thanks to Floyd (Allan)...you know what a blessing you are to me for 10 years now. Love, Boo

July 06, 2012 : Like everyone else, I am so heartbroken to hear about Andy's passing. I cannot believe it. When I watch The Andy Griffith Show, I feel like a family member. He was such a good human being, and it showed in everything he did. He was such a humble man, and to think he is not around to grace us with his presence. I have been watching his show for over fifty years, and never tire of it. It just makes you feel good inside. I am glad I was brought on shows like The Andy Griffith. Andy will be greatly missed, and may God look over his family. Thanks Andy for everything!

July 06, 2012 : My Heart Hurts So Bad!

July 06, 2012 : I wish the world had more people like Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, and Fred Rogers in it. If so, it would be a much better place. Andy, when you reach the gates of heaven, tap Don Knotts ont he shoulder and say, "Hi, Barn!" ... look over at George Lindsay and say, "Hi, Goob!" And, tell Howard McNear that Floyd needs to even out your side burns. For Francis Bavier, tell Aunt Bee no pickels needed.

July 06, 2012 : I was born on Feburary 15, 1960, the day Andy first appeared on the Danny Thomas Show. For 52 years,I have continued to watch the show knowing each line of every show. Even after 52 years, I still get teared up when Opie releases winkin, blinkin and nod or when Barney defends Andy on trial telling Andy's lesson that "when you're a lawman and you're dealing with people, you do a whole lot better when you go not so much by the book but by the heart". I have a second home near Manteo and had always hoped to meet the man whose show taught not how to solve crimes but how to handle the important issues in life.

July 06, 2012 : Heaven is a little bit nicer now (if that's possible) and the choir sings just a bit sweeter, thanks to the new resident, Andy Griffith. Tell all our friends we said "hey", please.

July 06, 2012 : Andy was the most best actor i am so sad to hear that he passed i will always love his shows no matter what even matt lock and all the other ones he made......

July 06, 2012 : Maybe politicians and law enforcement today should take a page or two from Sheriff Andy Taylor. Something I wrote when we lost the great Don Knotts:
Obituary of

Deputy Sheriff Bernard P. Fife
by Larry Blong

(UPI)... Gloom and sadness fell upon the sleepy town of Mayberry
North Carolina yesterday after hearing of the sudden passing of local
legendary lawman Deputy Bernard ( Barney ) Fife. Mr. Fife was a life
long resident of Mayberry being born on Independence Day July 4th of
1927. He was 78 years old. Mr. Fife had been in fragile health of late
and was residing at the Mayberry Home for Retired Law Enforcement

Mr. Fife, along with Sheriff Andy Taylor, compiled a
police record that was and remains unprecedented in the annals of
police work. They are mentioned in the 1966 Guinness Book of Records
for having the lowest crime rate ( .00276 per capita ) over a decade.
This caused Hollywood to take notice. Soon after directors and pro-
ducers descended upon this former plantations town to film "Sheriff
without a Gun" based on the life of Sheriff Taylor.

Mr. Fife, along with his comrade Andy Taylor, graduated
Mayberry Union High in 1945. After graduating Mr. Fife joined a band
and sang in clubs in and around the Mount Pilot area, even traveling
as far as Raleigh. Mr. Fife idolized Frank Sinatra but found out he
couldn't hit the notes like Frank. Mr. Fife then sold vacuum cleaners
door to door before settling in as Mayberry's first Deputy Sheriff.

Mr. Fife received several awards, particularly for his
undercover work. Mr. Fife got headlines in the Mayberry Gazette
when he went undercover to crack the Weaver' Department Store
caper. Turns out the culprit was a little old lady who had tons of
merchandise under her winter coat. Actually Sheriff Taylor was
instrumental as well. He said, "She bumped into me in the store and
she clanked, and little old ladies ought never to clank".

Mr. Fife did administrative work for the MPD and also
taught recruits on the finer aspects of being a deputy. Among his
prized students were Mr. Otis Campbell, Mr. Burt Mustin, Messrs.
Gomer and Goober Pyle and Mr. Floyd Lawson. Mr. Fife taught
Otis to be ready for anything when he splattered a tomato across
Otis' clean white shirt. Later Otis evened the score when he splashed
one on Mr. Fife and said as he ran away, "there, how do you like it"?

Mr. Fife never married but told close friends that if he
ever did it would only be with former long time girlfriend Thelma Lou.
Years later when Mr. Fife took on detective work in Raleigh, Thelma
Lou moved to Florida where she married. Mr. Fife met Thelma Lou
and her husband at Mayberry High's Class Reunion in 1966. Before
meeting Thelma Lou, Mr. Fife dated Juanita, who worked at the
Junction Cafe at the Truck Stop.

Mr. Fife's record as Deputy was not without incident.
He misfired his pistol eight times. Three times into the Courthouse
floor and once into the ceiling, twice into the air, once into Andy's
front porch and once into the tire of the squad car.

Services will be held on Wednesday morning at the
Mayberry Baptist Church on the corner of Main and Elm Streets.
The Reverend Oliver Pearson will conduct the service which will
begin at nine o'clock. Former Sheriff Andy Taylor will give the
eulogy. Mr. Briscoe Darling will also speak. After services, family
and friends are invited to Sheriff Taylor's home which is located at
223 Maple.

July 06, 2012 : i'm still crying inside.

July 06, 2012 : Thanks for the memories. We will miss you until we see you on the other side.

July 06, 2012 : It is so good to see the Andy Griffith show. It was clean funny and exciting, much better than some of the trash on television today. I still watch the reruns every day. When my dad was living it was his favorite show. Thanks Andy for wonderful memories. See you in Heaven.

July 07, 2012 : I have just learned of andys' passing after being away on vacation. my heart is very deeply saddened. although i never met mr. griffith, his show brought to life alot of the same experiences i had as a child growing up in a small town in the appalachians. being in my mid forties, i grew up to the reruns in actuality, but still watch them over again until this day. andys shows each had a sort of lesson in life, which i'm sure was instilled in him early in life in his small town setting. and as ive grown older myself, i have caught myself pointing these lessons out to my children, and remembered them myself many times in life. america has lost an icon, an entertainer whom actually had values. to mrs griffith and all the family, deepest sympathies and remember andy is receiving his grand reward for the very lessons in life he tried to instill in america. god bless andy, and we'll see you when the reruns here are over...............

July 07, 2012 : July 07, 2012 : I have just learned of andys' passing after being away on vacation. my heart is very deeply saddened. although i never met mr. griffith, his show brought to life alot of the same experiences i had as a child growing up in a small town in the appalachians. being in my mid forties, i grew up to the reruns in actuality, but still watch them over again until this day. andys shows each had a sort of lesson in life, which i'm sure was instilled in him early in life in his small town setting. and as ive grown older myself, i have caught myself pointing these lessons out to my children, and remembered them myself many times in life. america has lost an icon, an entertainer whom actually had values. to mrs griffith and all the family, deepest sympathies and remember andy is receiving his grand reward for the very lessons in life he tried to instill in america. god bless andy, and we'll see you when the reruns here are over...............r. wyatt jackson,oh

July 07, 2012 : Andy will always be with us. He showed the meaning of family values and was the inspiration of many...jim

July 07, 2012 : We were saddened to hear of the passing of Andy the other day but here in Australia my husband and myself sit in our lounge room & still watch & enjoy the dvds of the first six seasons. What a difference to the rubbish on television now! We find Andys shows are refreshing, funny & we wish television would still portray wholesome & good values in shows the same way that they did in the "Andy Griffith Show".

July 07, 2012 : Andy,Barney and Aunt Bee are sitting on the front porch in Heaven.

July 07, 2012 : A few days ago, I lost my father, Lee Greenway's best friend of 29 yrs, Andy Griffith.I was priviledged to have him as a part of my life. My mind is reviewing many happy menories of him: summer visits to Forty Acres (Desilu's back lot, hunting,fishing & dirt biking excursions,practical jokes, but my favorite, coming home to find Andy & dad singing & playing in the den....Andy on guitar & dad on guitar or banjo. When my dad died, Andy gave his eulogy. After the service, Andy took me aside and said,"Colleen, as long as I'm alive a little piece of your dad is still here because I "do" him, you know." I replied, "Yes,Andy, I know." for I had caught little nuances of my dad in some of Andy's performances. Having my degree in drama...I understood. That last little piece of my dad is gone now & I think I can safely say for my generation & especially for the TAGS fans, "Thank you, Andy for being our "friend & other father". But I feel I need to take you all aside & say I think that there's an awful lot of picking & singing going on Upstairs right now.
I wish to extend my most heartfelt prayers & deepest sympathy to Cindy, Dixie & the other members of the Griffith family. My thoughts are with you & my tears are shed along side yours.
Hugs to you all, Colleen Dulleck nee Greenway

July 07, 2012 : as a 45 year-old man who literally grew up watching Andy & the Mayberry gang on TAGS reruns, Andy's passing this past Tuesday caught me by surprise; RIP, Andy, & many thanks for the fond, happy memories over the years!
David Levi McNiel
North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, NC

July 07, 2012 : Best show ever.Proud to have my grand kids see it.Watched the show so many times I know the script by heart.There will NEVER be a replacement in my heart for this most wounderful show and piece of americana.Thank you Andy.

July 07, 2012 : Best show ever.Proud to have my grand kids see it.Watched the show so many times I know the script by heart.There will NEVER be a replacement in my heart for this most wounderful show and piece of americana.Thank you Andy.

July 07, 2012 : Lots of memories right now as I am watching TAGS marathon on TVLand. Mayberry is the way the world should be

July 07, 2012 : Look down,

Look down,

That lonesome road,

Before you travel on,

Thanks for all the great memories you guy's!!!

July 07, 2012 : R.I.P. Ange. Our loss, heaven's gain. Say "Hey" to Barney for us.

July 07, 2012 : When life gets difficult, it's always nice to be able to watch an episode of The Andy Griffith Show... the wonderful cast and the lessons learned help bring me back to center. Thanks for being a part of a show that was bigger than all of you yet is still relevant today in a crazy world. Andy you will be missed extremely! ~Dan Knapek (Meet you at the fishin' hole)

July 07, 2012 : The term "American icon" is often overused, but not in the case of Andy Griffith. I'm heartbroken at his passing.

July 07, 2012 : Andy, as you look down us us from heaven, know that we love and miss you and thank you time and time again for the joy you brought into our lives. You are not with us now, but the wonderful example you gave us as to how to live our life will stay with us forever. May God continue to bless you and I know he will. JC in MO

July 07, 2012 : R.I.P Andy. I am very grateful for having TAGS in my life. For showing us how much better the simpler life could be through your creative genius, thank you from the bottom of my hearts.

July 08, 2012 : Thank you, Andy Griffith. For everything.

July 08, 2012 : I wonder why Andy Griffith's passing has affected me to such a degree, After all, I have never actually met the man. But wait, I have. He has been a frequent visitor in my home for 50 years. He has been a welcomed guest that I have never grown weary having around my children and my grandchildren. (my 4 year old grandson pretends he is Opie sometimes) It was a big joke when my daughters were little that Andy Griffith is the only man mama would leave daddy for. We laughed about that often! Still do.. I have decided in my case anyway, that's why his passing has affected me the way it has, Andy and the whole Mayberry gang, have been part of our family for as long as I can remember. We "feel" like we know them personally. What a wonderful feeling. Goodbye beloved friend. We'll see you in a little while.

July 08, 2012 : Goodbye andy,I wish this life was like the one you showed us,forever in our hearts,

July 08, 2012 : Andy, your show saved me. Every time I watched TAGS, I was able to put the present day behind me and go back to a time where happinesss and humor was abound. Time after time, I imagined myself back in Mayberry walking along the streets waving hello to Andy, Barney and the gang. For that, I am truly grateful and will always have a special place in my heart for you Andy. Thank you again and Rob says hey to you and your's. RK

July 08, 2012 : Hey thanks for the memories and for the show which we will never get tired of seeing over and over and over again.

July 09, 2012 : Andy Griffith's passing, more than any other famous person, has affected me the most. He is the epitome of what it would be like to have a nearly perfect father. I envied Opie when I was a kid and still do to this day. A scene from the show will always stand out in my mind when Andy picks up little Opie and both just look at each other straight in the eyes. No words. None were needed. It is a most touching scene. It makes me emotional just to think about it. Before I retired, I worked with a person who name is Andy Griffin. He coincidentally was born on June 1. Even though he is a very young man, he is an Andy Griffith fan and we spoke of the show often and recalled many funny scenes (Floyd: 92!). In my mind, heaven would be sitting on that porch with Aunt Bea and Opie on a warm night with Andy strumming his guitar and humming a tune. Thank you Andy for all the wonderful memories you created for me and the world. I am glad that you are immortalized on the show and I can see you whenever I want. I will still always miss you. Goodbye for now. Your avid fan, Ted

July 09, 2012 : Like many, I grew up without a father around, but realized years later that I had learned much about being a father from watching Andy Taylor and Opie. I hope to meet Andy in heaven one day.

July 09, 2012 : Grew up watching TAGS on WRAL-TV in black and white. My son is now 14 and watches re-runs with me. Boy do we love those simpler times and lessons that Andy brought to our lives. Thanks Andy for making this a better world. You will be missed and not to far away we shall see you again!

July 09, 2012 : I guess we all knew this day would come. And I personally have dreaded this day for so long. I cannot express how truly heartbroken I am over Andy's passing. Andy was my second father, he was everyone's second father when you grew up watching him everyday. The world is a lesser place without Andy Griffith in it. I will continue to watch TAGS episodes daily as I have for many years. And I will continue to smile and occasionally shed a tear for a person that we were all so very fortunate to get to know. Rest In Peace Andy Samuel Griffith....! You're memory will last forever in the heart of this ol' West Virginia boy. Thank you for introducing all of us to a life we wish we had...

July 09, 2012 : When i heard the news of Mr. Griffith's passing my heart just sank, I cried..I loved each and every episode of the Andy Griffith show, Matlock, the movies that he starred in..I was estatic when the episodes were available on DVD. Have everyone of them..My 16yr. old grandson watches them too. Andy and Opie and the rest of Mayberry taught us many lessons about life. I am so grateful for Andy Griffith and the legacy he left for the rest of us..my prayers and thoughts go out to his family... A wonderful soul indeed he was and still is...Thankyou! You will truly be missed...but you will live on in our hearts..Thankyou again..

July 09, 2012 : If every human being on the planet could watch 1 episode of TAGS every day, the world would be a much better place. How many other mediums of entertainment can you say that about? Props to Andy Griffith for focusing on the Better Angels of Our Nature. Thank you to Andy. Never forgotten, JD.

July 09, 2012 : The news of Andys death saddened me greatly, I will never forget the wonderful memories and great times I've had watching the Andy Griffith Show.

July 09, 2012 : I started watching The Andy Griffith show when I was very small. My father actually met Andy Griffith before my fathers death. My father would always talk about how nice he was in person. My entire family loves The Andy Griffith Show. Thanks for allowing us to be apart of such a wonderful show, and a part of such a wonderful person. Rest in peace as I know you will because you were so peaceful on earth. God bless his family they are in our prayers. The Cress family.

July 09, 2012 : It's so sad to hear such sad news of Andy Griffith passing, watching him from Andy Griffith show to Matlock, he knew how to place a smile on your face. There is a lot of people that still take life lessons from these show still today. My prays are with his family and he will be greatly missed alone with the others.

July 09, 2012 : Andy Griffith was an inspiration to generations of Americans (myself included), a very talented entertainer, and by all accounts a fine human being. He will indeed be missed. My condolences to his family, and may God forever bless his soul. (David Mario Curcio, Staten Island, NY).

July 10, 2012 : I grew up watching and loving the Andy Griffith Show. He brought something to TV viewers that was rare and wonderful, and somehow just made me feel better having his show on, no matter where I was living or what circumstances I was in. He brings a sense of "home" deep in the heart with the values, good humor and simplicity thoughtfully laid out in each episode. His musical performances alone and with The Darlings was always a treat as well. I'm sad knowing he's not in this world anymore, but I'm thankful that his shows are here, it is, in my opinion, a beautiful legacy to leave for generations to come with timeless lessons in Biblical truths, family values and simple living.

July 10, 2012 : Oh, Andy. I grew up watching you with my Dad. We laughed, we cried. I feel like I have lost family. I can't believe it.I loved him as Matlock also. It was a great family show. Not at all like the stuff on tv today.I love the outer banks and will always think of Andy when I am there. We have lost a heroe,
I am deeply sadddened. This will be hard to get over.

July 10, 2012 : I love your show The Andy Griffith show it woant be another show like it.

July 10, 2012 : I grew up watching the Andy Griffith Show, laughed and cried. Feels like we've lost a member of the family. R.I.P. Andy you will be greatly missed.

July 11, 2012 : Andy will live on in our hearts. Treasure his film & television career and most of all remember what he taught Opie..."The Golden Rule, Do unto others as you shall have them do unto you." Rest in peace dear friend. You made the world a better place. Tamara Thornton Holloway, Kingston, TN

July 11, 2012 : Andy summed up my feelings best at close of the original Mayberry Union High Class Reunion when, after everyone had left, he asked Barney..."Do the tears on your pillow bespeak the pain in my heart?" Barney replied "yeah". Andy countered with "me too". You have filled our lives with laughter and love. Fortunately for us all, you and all our friends from Mayberry will continue be with us forever. Rest in Peace Andy Griffith.

July 11, 2012 : Rest in peace, Andy. The Andy Griffith Show is my favorite show.

July 11, 2012 : it was a real blow to hear of the death of andy griffith himself. he was a real inspiration to me as an actor, humanitarian,and a devout christian.

July 11, 2012 : Say hello to Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Goober, Otis, Howard,and Helen in heaven!

July 11, 2012 : Thanks, Andy, for giving us our Mayberry family. Sure will miss you.

July 12, 2012 : One thing is for certain, the World is a better place for having Andy Griffith in it. All of us were blessed to have been able to grow up with this show as character builders like that do not exist in this world gone mad.

God Bless Any and many condolences to his legend of fans and family. Thanks for the memories Mr. Griffith.

July 12, 2012 : The show was on years before I was born(1974) but that didn't stop me from watching every episode at least a few hundred times. My kids 20, 18 and 4 can repeat word for word their favorite episode. Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee , Opie and the whole gang were such a part of our family and STILL ARE.... Andy, Floyd and Barney are sitting up in heaven playing checkers at the barber shop here comes Aunt Bee with some fresh baked pumpkin pie ....a' la mode of course Andy's favorite :)

July 12, 2012 : So sorry to hear of Andy's passing. The Andy Griffith Show has a lot of good morals for our young children today. I hope they never take it off the air.

July 13, 2012 : 2 the whistling tune
c'mon sit back and take it slow
let's watch the andy griffith show
with don knotts as barney fife
those two were friends for life

barney carries a gun
he never shot at anyone
there's ernest t a'throwin rocks
and andy's wavy locks

opie and bee
gomer's golly
goober says yo
to mayberry let's go

juanita and thelmalou
barney courted those two
briscoe declares for aunt bee'
and opie's yelling "Meat!:

there's gomer on the roof top
christmas lights went pop pop po
barney singing in the choir
set andy's ears on fire

helen and ang
holding hands
gomer's shazaam
and guest starts that were grand

c'mon sit down and rest a while
mayberry will make you smile
you won't find a better time or place
in these united states.

July 13, 2012 : I've watched "The Andy Griffith Show" just about my entire life. What a GREAT show with such good morals that are missing in TV shows today. Thanks Andy for all the memories. I'll continue watching til the day I die! Rick Garrett, Lincoln, AL

July 14, 2012 : I have lost one of my best friends, even though I never met Mr. Griffith. He was simply the
" best " !! He and Don are know back in the courthouse and watching over Mayberry!

July 14, 2012 : I've seen every episode of The Andy Griffith Show and loved them all. I wonder if he realized what a great contribution he made to the lives of so many people. So sad I never met him in person!

July 15, 2012 : Andy seemed to represent all that was good in America. I wish we could go back to those times. Thanks for the smiles, Andy.

July 19, 2012 : I know I will truly miss Andy. Now when I watch the show it seems different somehow because he is gone. The show always makes me smile and makes me want to live in simplier times. Its like losing a dear friend or family member. I like to think of Andy sitting on the front porch in heaven with Barney. Say hey to Goober while your there. I will miss you always.

July 23, 2012 : Mayberry has been "my home town" in my heart for more years than I care to count. I was there from the beginning and will stay there always thru my collection of the show...Thank you Andy, your kindness, thoughtfulness and compassion are examples for all to follow.

July 24, 2012 : it is so amazing how many lives and hearts Andy touched. not a day goes by that somewhere in conversations with my children we dont use a phrase from the show....ron howard and i are the same age so i grew up with him. andy has always reminded me so much of my own daddy...thank you andy for so many good memories. i will always remember you with a big smile.

July 24, 2012 : I still can't believe that Andy has gone Home. My favorite gift ever was the DVD set of The Andy Griffith Show. We watch a bit of it every day. I have two places I would love to visit- Andy's hometown and Laura Ingalls Wilder's farm in the Ozarks. I smile thinking of Andy, Barney, Goober, Floyd and Howard being reunited :). RIP, Andy. The world is a sadder place without you. You were truly a great example for us all.

July 24, 2012 : First thing that comes to my mind is "Andy worked a lot" ! Entertaining us up into his 80s! It feels like we lost an Uncle ...I felt the same when Don Knotts passed. They will never be forgotten that is for sure!

July 24, 2012 : I love the Andy Griffith show. I have been to several re-run watchers festivals. I have several autographs of the main stars.Barney,Goober,Thelmalou,Gomer,The Darlings.I have been to Mount Airy four times. My wifes family is staying in his house in August 2012. Sometimes I wish I was there back then. Times were much more pleasant. I was saddened by his loss. There will never be another Andy Griffith show. R.I.P

July 24, 2012 : I loved Andy, he was a great man of God, wonderful actor and singer, he will be missed so much but thank goodness we have him in our hearts, memories and reruns, may God give his family peace and compfort until they meet again. RIP

July 24, 2012 : When I heard the news of Andy's death, I felt as if I had lost a close friend. The shows, I will continue to watch until it is my time to go, knowing my daughters generation also enjoy. The actors are quickly disappearing, but the characters live on in all of us. Thank you Andy.

July 24, 2012 : well,he had a good long life and what a wonderful legacy he left..! god bless you andy and barney. thanks so much for a show that is still hilarious today..amazing what a timeless classic it is. i visited mt. airy once back in '99 and had a blast, hope to go back one day.the whole world will miss you but always love you..! tom pallotta cleve,ohio

July 24, 2012 : I own every season of TAGS on DVD. A disc from season 2 was in my DVD player the day he died. I read about it at work online but when I got home I lost it. I cried and cried for hours. Today I read the tribute in the Ebullet and cried again. The reason we are affected by movie/tv actors and actually develop feelings for them is because our brains don't know the difference between personal friendships and the feelings we develop for celebrities because the same area of our brain that recognizes and establishes friendships is also triggered by the actors/celebrities we admire, so as far as our minds are concerned, the actors are our "friends" and as such, we are affected by them!

July 24, 2012 : My first televison memory is watching the Andy Griffith show. I couldn't have been any more than two or three. It has held a place in my heart ever since. I watch the show everyday of my life. Like millions of others, I can engulf myself in that show...in front of the screen. I have always considered Andy to be a father figure in my life. I can lie, I sat at the kitchen table on the night of July 3rd and had a good cry. It was something I had to come to terms with myself. Anyone who is not a Mayberrian like us millions of superfans have no idea what we felt that night. Just three weeks earlier I had driven 10 hours to Mount Airy to visit my Mayberry roots...and then the sudden heartbreak. I still am not over it. Probably never will be because I love Andy so much. So I guess for now all I can do is sit back in my Andy Griffith room I have dedicated in the back of my house, watch those timeless beautiful episodes, and enjoy a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich with Leon who I am sure is just as heartbroken. I love and miss you Andy. - one of your Mayberry Minutemen from AL.

July 25, 2012 : Sure going to miss you Andy...please say "hey" to Don and all the rest of the folks who have gone on before...we love all of them.

July 28, 2012 : I watched the debut episode when I was 4 years old, and I've been watching ever since, every day! I'm now retired and searching for my own "Mayberry" where I can live out my life in bliss. Life was good, simple values in those days. We could use a little of that these days. Andy was and still is a grounding force in many peoples' lives. He was someone I looked up to my entire life, and I tried to always remember the values set forth in the show. Andy, and all the cast who have gone before him, are celebrating life in that great Mayberry in the sky. Watch over us, guys, we love you!

July 28, 2012 : One thing came immediately to mind when I heard Andy had died: "The tears on my pillow bespeak the pain in my heart".
Rest in Peace, Andy!

July 30, 2012 : Of all the TV characters the Andy Griffith Show had some of my favorites. Andy was one of them. I wanted him to be my dad. Thanks so much for all the great laughs, and you will be missed, Kathy H.

August 01, 2012 : Andy's passing brought tears to my eyes, like losing a best friend or father figure. Many times I turned to Andy on the Andy Griffith Show, for fatherly advice and words or actions to live by. Andy, Don and the entire cast of TAGS, brought to television, our homes and our hearts, a way of living, laughing and loving that seems to have become lost in today's world. I count the Andy Griffith Show as one of my many blessings and will always cherish Mayberry as "my home town". Rest in peace, Andy, and thank you. Steven S. in Maryland

August 02, 2012 : My mouth gets me into a lot of trouble. Especially at work. It apeaprs that sometimes I don't have a filter ..shocking, isn't it? hahaI love 80 s movies. I can waste a full day watching them. Oh, who am I kidding I can waste a whole weekend with them

August 04, 2012 : They just do not make shows like the Mayberry shall we say anymore. Miss all the actors that have passed that was in that show. The world has truly got to be thankful for reruns. To bad we can't get our kids to watch and learn from these "ICONS". Love to find a Mayberry for me to live in. Rest in peace my friends you all will be missed!!

August 05, 2012 : I watched The Andy Griffith Show with my Dad, then with my Daughter, and now with my Granddaughter. That makes four generations who love him and will miss him. My prayers go with him and his family and friends. God Bless You Andy Griffith, and Thank You for making our lives better. We will always remember....

August 05, 2012 : How many television programs were produced in the late 50's, 60's, 70's..... Can we count them? Hundreds! How many can we name? a few dozen? How many of those shows have stood the test of time, where they can still be watched today? And ff those, how many have such dedicated fans... that create countless memories for countless fans... where so many years later, we mourn the loss of one of its stars? This show did just that. Long after Andy is gone, long after many reading this today are gone, Andy, Barney, Aunt Bea, and all the residence of Mayberry will still be alive, creating memoriess for generation after generation of fans.
God Bless all of you.

August 06, 2012 : He was like a second father to Me.The show was full of the love and kindness that seem to be lacking in the world.

August 08, 2012 : I so appreciated having a "haven" to come home to as a pop in the DVD or catch the episodes on TVLand...My son was a newborn when I first discovered the reruns and he has now turned 14... It is the single enduring activity that we still enjoy together from his childhood...I so appreciate the legacy left that has touched my family to poignantly...Thank you Andy!!!

August 15, 2012 : I was born in 1963 and have tears pouring from my eyes so bad, I cannot even read at the TAGS information on Andy. I was at the Mt. Airy Highway naming celebration for Andy and a photo of Andy & I was on the front page of the Grensboro Daily News, my hometown. This has been the worst year of my life and I have lost many in my own family. I have never cried so hard as when Andy died. He was like a father to me. I know Andy did not like it when people thought he was just like Andy Taylor in real life. Personally, I do not care and understand Andy was just trying to say he was not perfect. Andy Griffith was perfect to me and I will forever love and miss him, Gregory Hugh Leng Asheville NC

August 15, 2012 : I felt as though I lost a close friend, my heart hurt so bad and my greif was strong. I've been recording Matlock while I'm at work then watch them in the evening and while watching them I just can't believe he's gone. Thank heaven for DVD's and can watch the Andy Griffith Show whenever I want.

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August 18, 2012 : Best TV Show ever. Thank you, Mr. Griffith and the ALL the staff and crew. I have the first 5 seasons on DVD. I watch it all the time on DVD and on TV. I laugh and I enjoy every episode even though I know every show by heart. That was the greatness of that show....it never grows old.

August 18, 2012 : You could live your entire life based on the lessons learned from The Andy Griffith Show". I think we all could put ouselves in Mayberry on a regular basis during our stay here on Earth. I can't begin to thank Andy and everyone involved in the show for the thousands of hours of enjoyment they provided my family over the years. I treasure the pictures I have of the characters. I have all the seasons on dvd and will never let them go.

August 20, 2012 : It saddens me so everytime I see an episode of THE greatest show TV has ever known. So many life lessons have been learned through watching. If only our world today could be like Mayberry...Thank you Andy and Barney for all the laughs, the lessons learned and doing a show that made everything in life good!
Benny in Millington Tn.

August 21, 2012 : The Andy Griffith Show has always been, and always will be a way of life for me. As long as I can remember, I watched it while eating lunch at home on summer break. I'm 55 now ,but every time Andy is on, I'm little again. The world had a great loss, but heaven has a greater gain. RIP
Billy, Phenix City, Alabama.

August 22, 2012 : Here is what I wrote the day Andy Griffith died:

Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry, deceased at 86

Mayberry, NC- Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry, NC has died. Taylor was sheriff of this tranquil hamlet for more than five decades.
Growing up in Mayberry, Andrew, as his teachers called him, was the shy, reticent pupil, dutifully doing his class assignments...but never standing out from the crowd. This very attribute served Taylor well in his career as a lawman in this quiet, bucolic town. His approach to keeping the peace was to always listen. He listened to the accuser and as importantly, he listened to the accused; often acting more as a counselor to both sides, an arbitrator of sorts, more than a policeman.

Taylor spent his entire life in Mayberry, though often recruited for the bigger cities like Mt. Pilot. He knew the “blueprint of his people” one local was quoted as saying.
Taylor nurtured all the people who came into his life. A widower at a young age, Andy Taylor made it his life’s mission to do all and be all to his only son, Opey Taylor. Later, with the help of his Aunt Bee, the two of them raised Opey to become a fine resident of North Carolina who later followed his dream to be a filmmaker in Hollywood.

The only other woman in Sheriff Taylor’s life was a local school teacher, Miss Helen Crump. Miss Crump was Opey’s favorite elementary school teacher, eventually becoming Opey’s stepmom when she married Andy in later years. Both Aunt Bee and Mrs. Helen Crump-Taylor predeceased Sheriff Taylor.

The only thing Andy loved more than his family and fishing, was being the sheriff. He brought in a deputy by the name of Bernard Fife…”Barney”, who he helped mold into a competent lawman known for his unorthodox manners of catching any local criminals that were unlucky enough to try and ply their crooked ways in Mayberry.

Fife, under the constant tutelage of Sheriff Taylor instituted what is now known nationwide within the law business, as the “one bullet” approach. Barney was rationed or limited to only possessing one bullet at a time, and in fact, was required to carry said bullet in his shirt pocket, as opposed to loading it in his revolver. This eliminated any mishaps, stray shootings and in all the years of lawmaking, no fatalities were ever recoded in Mayberry under this tandem’s watch. Fife passed away in 2006, after a successful career, including a brief stint as Detective first class in the Mt. Pilot police force. He is survived by his longtime companion, Thelma Lou.

Andy Taylor was the hub of a unique wheel of neighbors within Mayberry. He was a peacemaker, a matchmaker, referee, confidante and more, to the likes of Floyd the Barber, Howard Sprague, the town auditor, Emmit Clark, the fix-it shop owner, the mechanic Goober Pyler, his cousin Gomer, Ernest T. Bass and his family of moonshiners as well as the other moonshiners, the Darling family.

Andy Taylor will long be remembered in this quiet town in a corner of North Carolina. Townsfolk mentioned how they would be out for a stroll on a summer’s night and walk by the Taylor home and see and hear Andy sitting on his porch, playing his guitar. This reporter will miss him as one misses a family member. I can see him now, walking with his son, whistling a familiar tune, on their way to their favorite fishin’ hole.

Joel Brava.

August 22, 2012 : Joel Brava
Stoughton, MA

August 24, 2012 : I want to shake your hand in heaven, thank you for the many laughs you gave me, sit a spell with you, Aunt Bee, Barney, Otis, Floyd, the whole crew and have a good ole time :)

August 28, 2012 : In good times or bad, Andy,Barney,Opie,Aunt Bea and all the others in Mayberry made your life a little happier one half hour at a time. Andy you will be missed but always remembered with love.

August 28, 2012 : We watched the Andy Griffth show for a long time. They don't have decent shows on tv anymore. My grandchildren watch the re-run shows now. They are ages 4 and 3. Andy will be truly missed along with Barney and Goober, Aunt Bee, Helen,Earnest T Bass,Douglas Dillard,Darlin Dad. I am glad Cindy has found peace with andy passing. May you rest in peace Andy. Love the Show. Morganton North Carolina

September 03, 2012 : Mrs Griffith...The rest of the civilized world mourns with you. I have watched Andy and Mayberry since it first went on the air as a boy of thirteen and have always appreciated the role your husband played. His show had a huge influence on my life and living in New York City the show exposed me to a lifestyle that I never knew existed.

I now live in the mountains of Western North Carolina and have found my Mayberry but I married Ellie instead of Helen Crump.

I wish I could have met Andy to thank him...when ever you feel that he is close please communicate my thanks and grateful appreciation for his efforts in this life.