February 25, 2006 - Msg 1: Dear Friends. It is my sad duty to report the passing of Don Knotts on Friday February 24, 2006 of pulmonary and respiratory problems. Don Knotts was 81. It is my hope that fans and friends can use this memorial space to share memories of Mr. Knotts and well wishes to his family and his friends.

He will be missed but mostly he will be remembered and loved.
--Allan Newsome

February 25, 2006 - Msg 2: Is a sad day in Mayberry...and all over the world......our beloved
has taken his lone bullet and left us. He will be so sorely
Thanks for the wonderful memories, Barn.......we will never forget you
the laughter you brought to our lives.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 3: Oh My,
I live just outside of Mayberry(Mt Airy), NC. I can't believe that Barney is gone. He will be missed. He left behind a legacy and I will never grow tired of my favorite movie...The Apple Dumpling Gang. This gives me more reason to share it with my kids now. May the Lord be with him.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 4: thanks barney for all the memories'''''''''''''''

February 25, 2006 - Msg 5: Thanks for the memories. You were one of a kind, a very special person to many many people. May you rest in peace, always looking down on Mayberry.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 6: Well Don, now that you're in heaven, I know you can talk to the big guy about the problems down here. And I know you'll tell him, "You have to NIP IT! NIP IT IN THE BUD!

Atta' Boy Don.


Robert & Sheilagh Howe

February 25, 2006 - Msg 7: I never meet Mr. Knotts, But I feel I have lost a friend, Thanks for the laughs and memories.May God bless him,
Jeff McAnally

February 25, 2006 - Msg 8: Thanks for all the laughter you brought me. You will be missed, and may god bless your family.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 9: Thank you Bernard P. Fyffe for the smiles and the memories. You will be missed. I cannot imagine growing up without Mayberry.

Bless you - God's speed.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 10: RIP, Barney. You will be very much missed.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 11: Don has touched my life for over 30 years. We will miss you Don! You will live on in our hearts for many years to come..

February 25, 2006 - Msg 12: Thank you, Mr. Knotts, for all the joy you gave me and will continue to give me until I get to Mayberry...
Eric Haas

February 25, 2006 - Msg 13: Whenever I feel sad, I visit Mayberry and relive some very dear memories. Don Knotts is gone, but he will never be forgotten. He will always bring joy to me and his countless fans all over the world. Thank you, Don and God Bless.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 14: I will miss don knotts like all of us. like many I had an honor to speak to don. it was wonderful to interview him for my book on hal smith and i almost dropped the phone when he called me..i had no tape recorder to tape our interview and had to go to my neighbors to borrow a recorder. i told don to call me back in 30 minute..behold it..he called me back on the nose!! i got the taped interview and will treasure it. a few days later he sent me two autographed photos personally autographed with a package of "d. K." on the envelope. boy, i will always enjoy my conversation with him as one of the greatest treasures of my life...john

February 25, 2006 - Msg 15: Don Knotts was one of a kind. His acting was so effortless, so natural you believed he WAS Barney Fife. God bless you for all the laughter you brought me over the past 40+ years. There will never be another like you. Rest in sweet peace.
Vicki Doner

February 25, 2006 - Msg 16: Thanks for the memories Barney. Your acting abilities were one of a kind on TAGS. You brought many smiles and much laughter to my entire family over the years.
Charlotte Supplee

February 25, 2006 - Msg 17: Deputy "Fice" Has left us You will be missed Big Barn.You were a special person in our household.May you Rest in Peace

February 25, 2006 - Msg 18: Don, A smile, some laughter, and friends, a life truly well lived.
CJ DeStefano

February 25, 2006 - Msg 19: I feel like I lost my favorite Uncle. Say the name of Don Knotts and it brings a smile to any face that knows of the man... God Bless you Don and Family!

February 25, 2006 - Msg 20: I feel like I've lost a family member. Whenever I needed cheering up -- a sure-fire remedy was to put one of my Andy/Barney videos in the VCR. My wife complains that I've memorized each line of all of the Barney Fife episodes, whenever I say Barney's words before he does. For many of my 50 years, Barney/Don has brought me a certain measure of peace thru his movies and TV shows. I will miss him -- but he will live on film and in my memories. Thank you, Don, for the many wonderful memories.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 21: RIP Barney. Thanks for all the wonderful years, and all the laughs you provided. You will be missed.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 22: Thank you Don a.k.a. Barney for making us laugh. I watch the reruns everyday with my nine month old grand-daughter and my sixteen year old son. You were a great actor and you will be missed by a lot of fans.

Don make them laugh in Heaven, for that is where you are with your Angel Wings,famous smile and that little twinkle in your eyes.

Your memory will remain alive forever in thousands of peoples lives.

David & Marlene
Samantha & Garrett
Pamela & Amaya
and Jacob

February 25, 2006 - Msg 23: It is with deep sadness I say good bye to the funniest man I have ever known. My condolences to his family and friends. I will always remember him with fondness and for the smiles he brought to me and my chapter. May he rest in peace and with what comforts me in the knowledge that he is reunited with many friends who have passed on before him in "Mayberry Heaven"... I know he is saying even now "the quality of mercy is not strained, it falleth like the gentle rain from heaven"....thanks for sharing your life with all of us. God Bless

Diana Warden, Lewiston, Me
"don't give him my Mr. Cookie bar, Andy" chapter

February 25, 2006 - Msg 24: So long Barney. Thanks for the laughs. Those grand days slip further into the past, but the memories last forever. Keep teaching the dolphins!


February 25, 2006 - Msg 25: In the history of television, there has never been a better casting of actor to character than Don Knotts was to Barney Fife. Don's five Emmy Awards confirm that.

But, whether he was Barney Fife, Corporal John C. Brown, Mr. Limpet, or The Love God, Don Knotts was a consummate professional. He had impeccable timing -- the hallmark of a truly great comedian.

I will miss him dearly.

-- Don's biggest fan in Indiana

February 25, 2006 - Msg 26: Most definately an Icon has passed one who is the perfect example of good comedy. Thanks for the memories, you will live on in the hearts of your fans forever. May you now bask in the joy and glory of the Lord. D. Gibson

February 25, 2006 - Msg 27: Barney was my hero! - Big Easy

February 25, 2006 - Msg 28: I'm only 30, but I literally grew up on TAGS. I'm from the south and both of my parents grew up in a small town and were always reminded of it when watching TAGS because it was a lot like Mayberry. My father died in 1995 of lung cancer. During the 8 months he was sick we would sometimes watch TAGS, and it seems the only time my dad really smiled was when he was watching the antics of Barney Fife. Don Knotts was an important figure in my life, and even though he is no longer suffering and is now with God, it is unfortunate we have to live in this world now without this groundbreaking performer.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 29: Don Knotts was not only a fine actor, he was quite a fine gentleman. I had the pleasure of meeting him on four occasions. He was always very humble, generous with his time, and greeted me with his warm trademark smile.

There's a special place waiting for him in Heaven, and until I join him there, he'll have a special place in my heart.

Brad Keim - Douglasville, GA

February 25, 2006 - Msg 30: Thanks for all of the laughs over the many years, Don. We will not forget all the wonderful times that we shared with you. And it is great to be able to watch your classic television moments with my own children as it all becomes new all over again. Barney Fife and Ralph Furley were unforgettable television characters that only you could have brought to life and depth. God bless you, Don Knotts.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 31: I was very sad to hear the news of Don's passing---but know that he is in a better place now. May you rest in peace.

I grew up watching Barney Fife. I also loved the movies like Mr Lippet, Apple Dumpling Gang, etc. Talent like his is hard to come by and will be greatly missed.

Thanks for the smiles and the memories!
Janet in KS

February 25, 2006 - Msg 32: I just heard on the late news of the death of Don Knotts. His and 'Andy's' show showed the simplity and honesty of the 50's life. May God bless your family. Thanks for all the laughs.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 33: Barney Fife was one of a kind. Rest in peace, good friend to all us baby boomers.

Russ Grand
Salem, MA

February 25, 2006 - Msg 34: I sit at my computer in tears. I never met the man, but felt as if he was my best friend. When someone can do that to other people he is truly a very special person.
God bless you Mr. Knotts

February 25, 2006 - Msg 35: Thank you, Don, for all the laughs. You are a gem. God Bless You.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 36: Don Knotts the actor created Barney Fife, the funniest character in TV history. Don Knotts the man no doubt brought class and dignity to every project to which he was involved.
I've watched Don work his comic magic for over 30 years, and will continue to enjoy his wonderful legacy. A true comic genius. May God bless and keep him.

Terry Vinson-Nashville, TN

February 25, 2006 - Msg 37: my family and I are so very very saddened by the news of your passing,but heaven is surely a happier and funnier place tonight.I will never go to Morgantown (20 miles from me) without thinking of you and the characters that you made real to me.Godspeed Don,and may those loved ones you left behind find peace in the midst of their loss.-Mike Daniels

February 25, 2006 - Msg 38: im soory that barny die we love you and miss you so much love yal jason you be a good frind of us

February 25, 2006 - Msg 39: Memphis,Tennessee loves you Mr.Knotts.May God Bless your Family-Keith Dooley

February 25, 2006 - Msg 40: My grandmother Eunice Berry was your biggest fan. She instilled her love for you in me when I was only 4 years old. It has only grown stronger for 31 years since. I know she has been waiting on you and now she is there with so many others to welcome you home. Bravo on an incredible life Barn. You will live on here until the end of time.
May you and Aunt Bee enjoy the best fried chicken in "Mayberry" and I suspect that her kerosene cucumbers aren't too bad nowadays. You're just going to be another reason to long for the hope of eternity in Heaven.
Raleigh, NC

February 25, 2006 - Msg 41: My heart is broken! I feel like a close member of my family has died. I will miss you, Barn but I know you, Floyd, Ernest T, and others are having a big reunion in Heaven. I love you!

February 25, 2006 - Msg 42: February 25, 2006 - Msg 40: Scottsdale, Arizona....God bless your family and we are eternally grateful to have you on film....forever. Love, Linda

February 25, 2006 - Msg 43: Being 46, one of my fondest memories is of sitting on my father's lap in the evening after he came home from work, watching TAGS and laughing at Barney's antics. Thanks Mr. Knotts, for those special moments. I truly feel sad that I've lost an old friend.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 44: Thank you so much Mr. Knotts. You were one of the great comedic Icons and talents of all time. How humble a person you were. Thanks for all the smiles and laughter; your fans could never repay you for the joy you gave to us. We will never forget you. Godspeed and much prayers and love to you and yours.

Jim Marquardt
Napa, Ca

February 25, 2006 - Msg 45: Thanks, Don.
There will never be another one like you.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 46: There will always be a Barney Fife in my heart. I grew up on all of your Disney movies-I am so happy I have Mr.Limpett on DVD! One of my all time favorites. God Bless Don Knotts, and God Bless all of us who mourn his passing.
Joe Maxwell, Kelseyville, Ca.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 47: Thank you Mr. Knotts. You were so gracious and kind. Your talents were immense but it never went to your head. Mayberry was never the same without you. How innocent were those times and how happy we are to have known them.

Jeff Thompson
New York City

February 25, 2006 - Msg 48: Don is gone but we will never forget him and the others who will always be waiting for us in the peaceful town of mayberry. I don't know about the rest of you but I can only hope that when I get to heaven it will look alot like mayberry. Thanks for the memories and always being yourself. God Bless Don knotts!

February 25, 2006 - Msg 49: Don Knotts made my growing up years, in the 60's and early 70's, a whole lot nicer and enjoyable. As Barney Fife, he was able to make me laugh until I cried and that made me a fan of his for life. I liked all the people in the Andy Griffith Show, but Don "Barney" Knotts was someone very special. Although I never did get the chance to meet him in person, I felt as though I did know him by watching him for the past 35+ years in the many characters he played in the movies and on television. He will never be forgotten by me, and now that my 13 year old daughter is a TAGS fan, she will continue on with Don's memory and hopefully, pass the good thoughts to her own kids.

Rest in Peace, Don. (I love you, man!)

Alberto A. Acevedo, Monterey Park, Ca.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 50: I know that Don Knotts is in a better place, even though we mourn now, he will still make us laugh on television, each time he is on. God Bless him and all those close to him.

Tyler Lucas
New Castle, Virginia

February 25, 2006 - Msg 51: Don, We loved you and you made us laugh and be more caring for our fellow man. God Bless.
Fred, Nancy, Geoffrey

February 25, 2006 - Msg 52: Im only 15 and I loved to watch Don Knotts on TV and in the movies he played in. He was super funny and brought good wholesome comedy in entertainment, and cannot be replaced by anyone. Even though I never got the honor of meeting him I feel like I have lost a friend that I have known all my life.

Warren, Mi.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 53: the first time i saw tv it was TAGS. I loved Don my entire life. I will always cherish the times I met Don.I am comming out with this and it is offical..I will miss him dearly. Jesse Frisbie

February 25, 2006 - Msg 54: I grew up with "Barn" as i'm sure all of us have. He took us to a place we all needed and wanted to be. And, he still does. Don is gone, but Barney will always be here. Thanks Don. For raising me and now, my 3 kids. Who still watch along with me and my wife.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 55: You sweet, sweet man. Thank you for all the smiles you've brought to my grandparents, parents, my self and my kids. Bless your heart.
R&D Granite Bay, Calif

February 25, 2006 - Msg 56: Like many 30-somethings who grew up in the south, I've watched TAGS my entire life. Don will be sorely missed by all of us.

-We shall meet, but we shall miss him.-

Mark from Dallas

February 25, 2006 - Msg 57: God bless you Don "Barney" Knotts; there will never be another one like you, you were the one and only!
Bentonville, Ar

February 25, 2006 - Msg 58: Please forgive the additional post .But my little 6 year old daughter,Shilo ,wanted me to tell Don she will miss him .When she was no more than a toddler,if even yet a toddler,everytime she heard the theme music to andy griffith begin to play she would find her way to my lap and watch attentatively to what she came to refer to as hers and daddy's show.At the same time trying to whistle the tune.Barney became a big favorite to her.She will enjoy the show for years i am sure.
Mike Daniels-Hopwood Pa.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 59: Don, You were the funniest man on television. I am 43 yrs old and I watch the Andy Griffith reruns with my 4 yr old daughter and she just laughs and laughs. You made the character real and I feel like I have lost a close friend. Thanks for all the laughs over my lifetime. When you get to heaven, have a kerosene cucumber for me.Gods Speed.
David Ferguson
Kingston, Tn

February 25, 2006 - Msg 60: Thank you, Mr. Knotts! You've touched our lives in so many ways. You've made us smile for so many years..and now you've made us cry. We will always remember you, and we will smile again!

February 25, 2006 - Msg 61: I feel like I lost a member of my family today. I was at work when I heard that Don Knotts had died and I had to stop for a little while to gather my myself. Needless to say, I was shaken. What a great actor. What a great man.

To the greatest character actor of all time: Thank you, Don Knotts, for the thousands of hours of laughter and love you have shared with us over the years. We are going to miss you so very much.

Don Horn

February 25, 2006 - Msg 62: Thank you, Mr. Knotts! You've touched our lives in so many ways. You've made us smile for so many years..and now you've made us cry. We will always remember you, and we will smile again!

Scott Patterson
Talladega, Alabama

February 25, 2006 - Msg 63: The Andy Griffith Show has been a cornerstone of my family since I can remember. Every Thanksgiving we'd watch reruns and laugh at the same jokes a million times. Barney was my favorite. I'll miss you Don Knotts. May you find your peace.
Susan from Pensacola, FL

February 25, 2006 - Msg 64: Thanks for all the good clean humor for all to enjoy for so many years. So long Deputy Fife Heaven will make you it sherrif

February 25, 2006 - Msg 65: I just moved off from home to go to college and my daddy called me tonight and told me of Don Knotts passing. I never met him in person, but I grew up watching The Andy Griffith Show with my family and it truly feels like I have lost one of my family members. I will pray for his family and I pray he was saved and had his soul right with Jesus, because on that glorious day when satan is vanquished and we all walk hand in hand with the Father it will be worth all the trials and sufferings. God Bless you Don and thank you from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of my entire family for what you have taught us through the years and for what you and Andy will continue to teach us in reruns. With all of this said, the news of your passing still proves that in few situations like this, words are not enough and only silence will do.

Love Austin Moore & the entire Moore family from Blackshear, Georgia

February 25, 2006 - Msg 66: Thank you Barney for all the laughs through the years and for those that we'll continue to have for years to come. You were such an important part of our culture. I feel like I have lost a best friend even though I never met you. There will never be another one like you. We are all fortunate to have had you touch our lives in the way that you did. Keep 'em laughin' up there.


February 25, 2006 - Msg 67: It was called The Andy Griffith Show.....and of course there was Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee, and the numerous other characters we came to know and love as they became a part of our lives...but the reality is we would not be blessed with re-runs four decades later and this very website would not exist without the character of one Bernard P. Fife played so flawlessly by Don Knotts. There perhaps never has nor ever will be a more perfect marriage of character and actor. Floyd, Otis, Aunt Bee, Ernest T, and Barney are all up there now...one can only imagine what kind of a reunion it must be!!! God gave Mr. Knotts a wonderful talent and we while we are saddened by his passing we also celebrate his life and the countless smiles that precious soul gave.------Brian Bentley

February 25, 2006 - Msg 68: Thank you Mr. Knotts. You are a true American. Thank you for all you have done; you will be sorely missed.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 69: I will miss Barney greatly. When life is too serious sometimes, I just watch TAGS and laugh with Barney and Andy. I feel like I lost a member of my family. God bless Don Knotts. He will be very missed.

Tricia Dudley
Grand Island, NE

February 25, 2006 - Msg 70: Like many who've posted already, I grew up watching TAGS in reruns, but we've been buying up the DVDs as they come out. My 2 1/2 year old loves to watch Don's Barney more than the big purple one. He was a part of our family and though we never met the man, I believe God smiled and said "Well done" when he welcomed such a fine man home. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

David in Huntsville, Alabama

February 25, 2006 - Msg 71: I want all TAGSRWC know that the tears on my pillow bespeak the pain that is in my heart. Jesse Frisbie Washington C.H. Ohio

February 25, 2006 - Msg 72: I am saddened at the passing of such a treasured icon of American television history. We all know he was a comedic genius and he was a huge part of so many of our childhoods. He was a member of the greatest television generation=a time in which television was a safe, family friendly place...we miss him as well as the time he represented. May your soul rest in peace and your family be comforted in this difficult time of mourning. I thought of you just a couple of days ago...thanks for the fun times and the laughs.
SM memphis, tn

February 25, 2006 - Msg 73: I am from California. The Incredible Mr. Limpit was my favorite movie as a child. I remember I fell in love with that fish.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 74: Don Knotts will be missed. A true comedic genius.
Rest In Peace Mr. Knotts
Los Angeles

February 25, 2006 - Msg 75: It is with the heaviest heart I say goodbye to my ALL-TIME favorite.Thank you Mr. Knotts,You're the BEST!!I Love You!
James Hope

February 25, 2006 - Msg 76: God bless you my friend. The first time I saw you as a young boy at the age of 5 in the Apple Dumpling Gang, I had no way of knowing the smiles and laughter you would bring to me over the next 21 years. Thank you for all you have give me and the rest of your fans. I will surely miss you my special friend. God bless. Love, Andrew

Charlotte, NC

February 25, 2006 - Msg 77: I met Don several times over the years and considered him a friend. Don I wrote this for you:

Heavens now a little safer, because Barney is on patrol.
The pearly gates were open, and through them he did stroll
God has called him up to join him, to be there by his side
His heart is filled with laughter, that cannot be denied
A bullet in his pocket, a nightstick in his hand
He walks the streets of heaven, angels sing at his command
The world just seems so somber, so cold and full of strife
We need more towns like Mayberry, with Sheriff Taylor and Deputy Fife
You left us lots of memories, that we'll cherish on your behalf
But the one thing we'll remember most, is that you always made us laugh.

We'll miss you Don. God Bless You!
Jeff Dobbins
Nashville, TN

February 25, 2006 - Msg 78: he was a realy good cop on andy shows

February 25, 2006 - Msg 79: Mayberry will never be the same.We all felt that we were residents of Mayberry, you made us feel so safe. "Mayberry, gateway to danger." The Mayberry County Jail..also known as "The Rock." So funny!!! Don, we will miss you. I only knew you through reruns and Threes' Company. Your memory and humor will go on for a long, long time. Rest in Peace, Don. You've done your duty, keeping us laughing.

Joe & Patty

February 25, 2006 - Msg 80: Thanks to a gentle , loving , cand caring person who gave me many moments of laughter in my youth and for my daughter who enjoys the same laughs this day.
Ed Wallace and Emily, Shreveport,La.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 81: I am 58 years old and have watch Barney, Andy and all the faithful cast bring into my life the best entertainment ever shown on national television. Don, thanks for bringing joy into the life of my family and 1000's of others. My heart goes out to Don's family, to Andy and all others that will miss a fantastic entertainer and beautiful friend.

Dwight from Salmon, Idaho

February 25, 2006 - Msg 82: Don Knotts was in my opinion the greatest character actor of all time. He made his way in to our living rooms for decades and brought so much laughter and joy. I was fortunate to see him at a TAGS reunion show in the 90's and lucky enough to grab an autograph. I really felt like he was a friend. This world truly is a better place from Don's tour through it. He WILL NOT be replaced. He will however be fondly remembered and sadly missed. Thanks Don, for the God given gifts you shared with us all. 10-4! Over & Out!
Brian Baugh

February 25, 2006 - Msg 83: I was saddened to hear of Don's passing. The Andy Griffith show was one of my favorite tv shows, and The Incredible Mr. Limpett was a favorite movie of mine. RIP, Barney. Patti Brown Algonac, MI

February 25, 2006 - Msg 84: "The tears on my pillow bespeak the pain that is in my heart." We shall gather, but we shall miss him.
One of the truly great actors of the 20th century. He will never be replaced.
Branson, Mo.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 85: The passing of Don Knotts brings about a sadness and a longing for a time in life when things were a lot simpler, wholesome and perhaps closer to the mythical, magical town of Mayberry. His comedic genius will continue to bring joy and laughter for generations to come through the perpetual airing of reruns. In a time when the world often seems bent on self destruction, it is good to kick back, let a warm gentle breeze carry the sounds of familiar voices and laughter our way. We could all use a little more Mayberry in our lives. Thanks for the memories Don Knotts. What's the matter with Barney?...He's alright.
Tim Kwitny

February 25, 2006 - Msg 86: We will miss you in St. Cloud, Minnesota.