February 25, 2006 - Msg 87: They don't make 'em like him anymore. Thanks, Don.


February 25, 2006 - Msg 88: Don was an original and will be remembered through his comical genius.

February 25, 2006 - Msg 89: I too grew up watching and loving Don Knotts as the beloved Barney Fife among other characters he played in various tv shows and movies . I feel as if I have lost a very dear member of my family and it saddens me greatly. I still get all excited when I see "The ghost and Mr. Chicken " or "The incredible Mr. Limpet" coming on television . and who can forget the memorable spot he did in the movie "IT's a mad mad mad mad world"? I shall Miss you Don even tho we never met and I shall always remember you fondly for the laughter and joy you have given the world. Bless you and may you rest in peace..with the others who also brought happiness to us all. Sincerely, Tammy Daniels (Hopwood,PA)

February 25, 2006 - Msg 90: It's ironic..I was only thinking the other day of the sadness I will feel when you and or Andy pass away...because of the sheer joy and good feeling you bring to my spirit. Today after hearing of you leaving us and returning to The Father..I am happy for you. A life well lived Mr. Knotts. But we will miss you. I think it's time to break out my 2nd season "Andy Griffith Show" DVD collection as my tribute...
R.Martin Spokane,Wash

February 26, 2006 - Msg 91: I have always loved Don Knotts in everything he played in. Few people truly appreciate the genius it takes to play the roles he did with such sincerity. Don was a comic genius of all time. I will necer shed a tear at his passing as my thought of him lways make me smile and realize there is a little Barney Fife in me.God bless you and thank you...Ken M

February 26, 2006 - Msg 92: Thank you for bringing laughter into my life. You will be missed.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 93: I feel tonight that I have lost a dear friend. Don Knotts, despite his great talent and fame, was a sincere and humble man; truly kind and gentle and the world is a poorer place because he is no longer with us. We have been blessed however that we were graced with his presence as long as we were. He will be forever remembered lovingly.

Rest in peace.

Debra White
Milford, Ohio

February 26, 2006 - Msg 94: Thank you for all the good times, Don! You're an irreplaceable part of our lives, past, present and future!

When you reached the Pearly Gates, no doubt Otis
was waiting to greet you, ring of keys in hand.
You can almost hear Heaven laughing from here!

You go, Barn!
With love, David and Toni

February 26, 2006 - Msg 95: Thank you Don for the laughter and fun you have brought into my life as well as millions of others. My 13 yr. old son came to know Don in movies and " Andy Griffith " and came to love him. He along with me was very sadden at the news of his death. God Bless you Don! And rest in peace! Lori Silvernail ( Alma Michigan)

February 26, 2006 - Msg 96: Don Knotts as Barney showed us what a joy life truly can be. We can't beat simple pleasures shared with friends and family. The relationship between Barney and Andy epitomized this.


February 26, 2006 - Msg 97: Some personal remembrances of Don Knotts...

Seven years ago, he was starring in a play at one of the Atlantic City casino hotels, and I bought tickets to a Saturday matinee. A lifelong fan of his work, particularly THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW and THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, I figured I had nothing to lose by sending him a letter, c/o the hotel, inviting him to dinner after the show. I really didn't expect an answer, and when several weeks passed, and I had practically forgotten about it.

The night before my ticket date, I came home from work... and Don Knotts himself is on my answering machine! He couldn't accomodate time for dinner, but he invited me to visit him in his dressing room after the performance. Needless to say I made the appointment, and although he only had about 10 minutes to spare (his health was frail even then, and he napped for several hours between performances), he made time for me, pictures, autographs, and pleasant conversation. (Yes, I saved that telephone cassette tape.)

Several more occasions the past few years, I saw him at the Hollywood Collector Shows in Los Angeles. He and his fiance remembered me from the AC visit, and always found time for pleasantries.

One thing at those shows, it's Hollywood. No one really takes much notice of the celebrities as they arrive, and this particular show generally hosts approximately 75 celebrities. BUT every time Don showed up, attendees and other celebrities would stop to acknowledge his entrance... once I saw a standing ovation that brought Don to tears. Don always had the longest line.

I'm an annual attendee at "Mayberry Days" in Mt. Airy NC. Of all the GRIFFITH actors and crew who have been guests at this event, not one has had less than personal and professional praise for Don Knotts! And these guests have included the Dillards, Maggie Peterson, Betty Lynn, Howard Morris, George Lindsey, Harvey Bullock, Jack Elinson, James Best, Elinor Donahue, Earle Hagen... and some guy named Andy Griffith.

Don Knotts was a regular guy with a great deal of talent. He was fortunate to meet Andy Griffith and the production staff of Danny Thomas & Sheldon Leonard, and they created a cultural icon known as 'Barney Fife.' Mr. Knotts always appreciated his fans, and went more than the extra mile to acknowledge them.

I will miss Don Knotts. But, I have 'Barney Fife,' 'Nervous Man,' and his movie characters to always remember him by.

"Atta boy Luther!"

February 26, 2006 - Msg 98: What a sad day, you will be missed. Thank you for the years of laughter, and many more to come through the magic of Mayberry. God Bless You and your family.


February 26, 2006 - Msg 99: I am so truly sad to hear that he is gone. I feel like I have lost a friend. I was fortunate enough to see Don in 2004 performing with Tim Conway here in Canada. It was a night I will never forget.
Thank you Don Knotts, for making me laugh.
Toronto, Canada

February 26, 2006 - Msg 100: They don't make 'em like Don anymore... He will be truly missed. But he will forever live on in our hearts. My condolences to the entire family. Take care, Barn'!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 101: Don was the greatest at his craft, and the comedic genius that made TAGS the success it was and still is. My deepest sympathy to his family. Let us all celebrate his life with the fondness of memories. I always felt honored when he made the movie, THE LOVE GOD, as his character in the movie was the same last name as me. Unfortunately this site seemed to want to censor my last name when I first clicked to post my comments, saying it was an inappropriate word, so a first name only will have to do.
Mike in Connersville Indiana

February 26, 2006 - Msg 102: Don made me laugh. He brought me back to a more peaceful time. I thank God for Don and his gift of making people laugh. Joe Chicago, IL

February 26, 2006 - Msg 103: Beloved landlord Mr Furley was my favorite. Rest in Peace Don you were very special

February 26, 2006 - Msg 104: For Barney
We shall meet and we shall miss him
There will be one vacant chair
We shall linger to caress him
When we breathe our evening prayer
Don Knotts
Absolute comical genius
You brought us more than your share
Rest in Peace

February 26, 2006 - Msg 105: Don Knotts is legendary for his comic genius in the same stature as a Richard Pryer, just completely different comedic genres. We will miss him but are fortunate to have so many of his wonderful works.

Have a safe journey Mr Knotts
Peter S Canada

February 26, 2006 - Msg 106: When you came out they broke the mold. There is no one active in hollywood like you right now. You were an inperation to all those who wanted to be a clean comedian who does funny stuff and still come out on top. My favorite episode was Rafe Hollister sings where you were trying so hard to get the part only to help Rafe get ready for the part. I am too young to have seen your craft for real but the reruns of you were fantastic. You will sorely be missed. There is now more laughter in heven now with you there.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 107: Thank you for being a very important part of my life as I raised my son alone like Andy. The lessons in life we learned from you and Andy made us better people. You were a very special man who brought laughter, love and quality values which are timeless and which will prevail forever. God bless you dear friend.Jon Robinson

February 26, 2006 - Msg 108: Don Knotts could bring a smile to anyone. His legacy will continue on the TV shows that are playing. May God have a special place for you in heaven. Our loss is heaven's gain.
Bruce (KY)

February 26, 2006 - Msg 109: Don Knotts was a family member to me and he and I grew up together and then later because of him my wife and I met and married and had two children who grew up watching him. I owe so much to him and eventhough I was a prominent role in getting Don his walk of fame star, I could never repay him for all the joy and happiness he gave me and my family and will always love him. Lee in Mobile, AL

February 26, 2006 - Msg 110: They don't makem like thay use to. want to thank ya Don for letting me watch ya and thinkinging on my childhood growing up.I sit and watch Mayberry and it was jsut like my home as a kid. THANK YOU SO MUCH! need more shows like this

Mike in TN

February 26, 2006 - Msg 111: Feels like we've lost an old friend. Thanks for the laughs.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 112: Here recently it seems we are losing some great tv people that I grew up on. I Hold Don more dear to my heart because I loved the way he played all of the parts in every movie that he was in including No Time For Sergants because even though it was a small role in that movie he played it very well. I will sadly miss him and will enjoy my TAGS seasons that I am collecting along with all of his movies that I have of his because I long as we have those he will always be remembered and stay in our minds and hearts.

Ken Sidders
Urbana, Ohio

February 26, 2006 - Msg 113: My goodness, I grew up along with most americans watching Mayberry. I loved all of the characters on the show, however I especially loved Barney. His character was just so sweet and goofy not to mention the fact that Barney knew everything about anything. We all know someone like that in real life.
You will be deeply missed Mr. Knotts. Godspeed.
Patti in NC

February 26, 2006 - Msg 114: Mr.Knotts, I have had the pleasure of watching you all my life as Barny Fife! You have made me laugh and cry with your wholesome humor and enormous talent! I learned from my father just an hour ago that you have gone on to your reward. Therefore, tonight, I am crying that you are gone, but smiling that the world and I will always have you and your memory in our hearts! I got to see you in person on my birthday in 1995, Jan.21, when you appeared in Charlotte for a stand-up comedy show. I even got to speak to you during audience questions. I will cherish that night forever! Rest in peace Mr.Knotts, you will always be loved and deeply missed in this world! You will NEVER be replaced! Mayberry UNIT #1, 10-4, over and out! Sincerely, Rick Phillips, Rockingham, NC

February 26, 2006 - Msg 115: me and my step dad never got along real well, but he turned me on to the andy griffith show. whenever i'd here that familiar whistle i knew we wouldn't be fighting, but laughing for at least the next hour.

thank you, don knotts.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 116: There was no one like him. In my opinion, Barney Fife was the most memorable television character of all time. And "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" is one of my all time classics. RIP Barney (Don). You were the best and I will never forget you.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 117: I recently added the DVD of season #5 of TAGS to my collection. Every day when I come home for lunch, and take a break from my busy, hectic job, I watch an episode of TAGS. It's a peaceful, sweet respite from the year 2006. I eat my lunch and I join the cast in their adventures. I am sad that Don Knotts has passed on, but so grateful for the wonderful body of work he left behind. I know he had a long career, and played many characters, but he will always be Barney Fife to me. Rest in peace, and thanks for the memories Mr. Knotts. We will all miss you!!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 118: Mr Don Knotts left us a legacy: The show
will go on. Omley/Ohio

February 26, 2006 - Msg 119: A piece of America's heritage has left us. We all want to live in Mayberry with you forever

February 26, 2006 - Msg 120: I feel like I've lost my best friend. Thank you for the laughs and for bringing me up during my trials. The best charater deputy of the last 45 years.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 121: What a sad day -- to lose the personal connection to Barney Fife. Our thanks to Don Knotts and Andy Griffith for creating the most enjoyable and "most real" show in television history.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 122: Barney and Andy were representives of honest hard working law enforcement officers. As a Police Officer, I am saddened by the loss of a brother.
Columbus, Ga.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 123: There will never be another Barney! Heaven is a much brighter place now that Don Knotts is there. "This makes me very sad, PA!"

February 26, 2006 - Msg 124: Don Knotts - what a guy! My grandpa and I would watch The Andy Griffith Show whenever possible when we were together, and what sweet memories those are! Barney always made us laugh! Don Knotts career has been such a joy to so many of us. Thank you for the laughter! My heart is saddened at your passing.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 125: I'm 46 years old, and grew up watching The Andy Griffith Show. Around my house, we use phrases like "Nip It!!" & "Citizen's Arrest!!" on almost a daily basis! Don Knotts was a comic genius and an American icon. My favorite episodes (and it's hard to choose among all of them) are "Barney And The Choir" (Balmy and light....) and "The Shoplifter" (when he dressed up as a store mannequin). He was just hilarious and a joy to watch! Oh, I am so glad that his work is preserved forever and he's frozen in time in that black and white world of Mayberry. I am sad tonight at the news that he's left us, my heart is heavy. He was one of a kind and the man will be greatly missed!
Beth G. Hamilton, MT

February 26, 2006 - Msg 126: The air feels colder and the world a smaller place now with Don Knotts missing from our life. He will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you Andy Griffith and Don Knotts for being the best actors of all time.

Steve Oliver-Virginia

February 26, 2006 - Msg 127: Thanks for the laughs. Don Knotts is one of the greats. I always get my stepdad to whistle the Andy Griffith Show theme song, and it brings us closer. Thank you for everything Mr. Knotts, I'll never forget you.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 128: its sad night when i heard of don's passing and i wish the best for his family and have them know that he is and will be sorely missed so i better "nip this in the bud" before i start ramblling

February 26, 2006 - Msg 129: I grew up watching the Andy Griffith show and nothing could make me laugh like the antics of deputy Barney Fife, Don Knotts is a legend and he will be greatly missed.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 130: Thanks for all the feel good humor Don, you are a class act and unreplacable, you are the soul of America

February 26, 2006 - Msg 131: A sad day in my life. Barney Fife gone, but not forgotten. Thanks for all the joy and laughter you brought to the world. Thanks for all you did!! You will be greatly missed but fondly remembered!!

Robert Noll
Two Rivers, WI

February 26, 2006 - Msg 132: As a longtime law enforcement officer I have referred to Barney Fife on so many occasions that I couldn't begin to count them. I to this day catch the Andy Griffith show whenever I am channel surfing and although I enjoyed all the characters it was Barney Fife that I was looking to see and to laugh with. Don, you will be sorely missed but your top shelf humor will remain in our hearts forever. I will continue to honor you by watching and laughing at your superb comedic acting. You and your family can be proud of the mark you left on this land and my prayers are with you and yours. God bless you....you funny funny man

James Wolfson-Philadelphia Pa

February 26, 2006 - Msg 133: We are all safe tonight. Officer Fife is on eternal patrol. Thank you Don for all the wonderful humor. You will be missed. The funniest scene ever shot in television is when Barney tries to impress Andy and recite the preamble to the U.S. Consti tution from memory. There were many nights in college when I acted the same way as Ol' Barney.
Godspeed and Rest in Peace.
Double D, Denver, CO
"Gomer says Hey!"

February 26, 2006 - Msg 134: Barney Fife is gone but never forgotten. Don KNotts made me laugh more than just about anyone else on t.v and i thank him for that. He will be missed greatly.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 135: Thanks Don for giving us Barney. Thanks to all who posted here, great reading your thoughts.

Kenny B.
True Vine

February 26, 2006 - Msg 136: Thank you Mr. Knotts, for all the times you made me feel happy and content. What a gem.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 137: I am sad today, but I will always smile at the antics of Don Knotts.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 138: You will be forever missed Barney. Though I live in Hawaii, my heart is always back in my home state of North Carolina and that nirvana called Mayberry.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 139: What a sad day. I've literally thought many times, what it would be like to hear the news that Don Knotts had passed away. I always dreaded that day and was not prepared to read about this evening. It's devastating. This world has the memories, but Heaven now has Don. I'm happy for him, but sad for us. Don Knotts, we will NEVER forget you. You've brought us more laughs and more happiness than anyone. You've lifted me at terrible times in my life, when nobody else could. I feel like I've lost a friend and I suppose I have. We'll see you again in Heaven some sweet day, but until then, we'll be grateful that we still have all of the treasured moments of filmwork to remember you by. We love you Barney Fife. Pastor Rob - Mississippi

February 26, 2006 - Msg 140: I always wanted to meet Mr. Knotts. I'm sorry I never got the chance to do so.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 141: What a brilliant comedic actor and friend to many. Don Knotts' role as Barney Fife brought such great joy to millions. Mayberry was (is) the innocence and purity so many people want in a hometown. That role played so wonderfully by Don Knotts will speak to generations for generations to come. I'm thankful for all that Don Knotts brings in those classic reruns. God bless.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 142: Barney, we will miss you!Nobody did it better.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 143: We must remember that it is appointed unto a man once to die and than the judgement. Don Knotts made us laugh but today although we will miss him on earth, we will soon see him again for those who are saved, laughing again.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 144: He gave us laughter - what a gift!

Goodbye Mr. Knotts

February 26, 2006 - Msg 145: What a great comic and actor. See ya later Barn!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 146: The first time I saw Don Knotts on tv was around 1953 when he was a member of the "Man on the Street" gang on Steve Allen's Tonight show. I was a child of 8 and he made me laugh with his "Nervous Nelly" personality. The announcer would ask him if he was nervous about being on television and Don would reply "Who me...Nope." I would laugh and laugh. I never stopped my admiration for his ability to make people laugh. I continued to enjoy him in "No time for Sargeants" and then as Barney Fife. I had the pleasure of seeing him in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel in 2004 at a big reunion event. I will never forget that experience. Don will be missed but his body of work will continue to keep our "blood pressure" down and just laugh a little...well...let's make that "A Lot." Jim Blanton-Seattle, WA

February 26, 2006 - Msg 147: To Don:
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!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 148: Barney and Andy have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and they've never stopped being on TV. Nobody else could have played Barney Fife. I can't think of another actor that has so owned a roll as Don Knotts playing Barney Fife. His timing was perfection. His facial expressions sold every joke. He could go from Big Shot bragger to sad sack a second and you alwaysloved him. Thank you Mr. Knotts. God Speed and may you rest in peace knowing the joy you've left behind for the ages! Jeff Lamb-Toledo, OH

February 26, 2006 - Msg 149: Gosh, where do I start...I still make the Andy Griffith show a priority when I am watching tv - no offense to "Andy" but sometimes I thought it should be called the "Barney" show! He (Don Knotts) played on his character so well. To this day, I am still enamored with each & every episode and could probably quote dialogue - verbatim. Mr. Knotts will always remain a hero to me, an icon in my book among other positive attributes! God just welcomed a new angel (with only 1 bullet in his pocket) God Bless You - Don for enriching my life and millions of others over the years in being able to watch you "be yourself" on tv.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 150: Good old Barn died and went to Mayberry. Like I’ve always said.” When I die I want to go to Mayberry “ God Bless Don. We’ll go to store and get a bottle of pop when I get there.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 151: I often told my wife that Don Knotts was a genius. Barney Fife "should" have been irritating but you could not help but love him. You felt for Barney in spite of his antics and wanted the best for him. My fondest memory was the show where Barney accidently caught the criminal by falling on him and he swore he would get Barney. Then he escapes. Andy looks at Barney as they are about to go out on the search and Barney looks scared but stills says "Let's go".
What a moment.
Barney was never a coward, he was just high strung.
It took a Genius to pull Barney off and Don Knotts did it. I will truly miss you Mr. Knotts, although we never met you still were part of my family.
Rest in Peace and God Love you.
I sure did.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 152: Thanks for everything, Don. I'll always have the memories of me, my Grandma, and my Dad laughing at Barney's predicaments. You were a rare treasure.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 153: Don was a swell guy from the "Greatest generation" ... Not many of the greats left. We will always remember and have much love for ya Don! :)

February 26, 2006 - Msg 154: Last night I was whistling the song to the Andy Griffith Show to my wife. We both watched the show growing up. I just found out this morning that Don Knotts had passed away. I will truly miss him, even though we never met. I guess you could say I feel like I lost somone that could always make me laugh. My prayers are going out to the family of Mr Knotts. I wonder if in heven right now if all the angles are gathered around a stage and Don is putting on a comedy show or maybe they are watching reruns. Heven has gained a treasure that was a blessing to the whole world. You'll be missed.
PS tell my Grandpa Hi

Sincerly your friend


Fayetteville AR

February 26, 2006 - Msg 155: I feel like part of me is gone . I grew up listening to Barneys anecdotes onlife and love. Number 1 rule; Obey all rules

February 26, 2006 - Msg 156: Barney, God Bless!

Steve from Cleveland

February 26, 2006 - Msg 157: Don was not only 'Barney' to me, but also 'The Incredible Mr. Limpett'; a movie that has stuck in my mind all these years, when I think of him. In fact, his animated character matched the persona that everyone knows from the ‘TAGS’ show. Except he gets the girl (or fish) in the end. Anyway (what do I know). I was only 9 at the time.

Irregardless, an icon and a wonderful personality has gone home. May his new life be as rewarding for him as his perceived characters were for us. Especially at a time when they were needed (Cold War, nuclear annihilation, Vietnam War, etc).

And to his family, both real and extended: May God be with you. I'm sure Don is regaling Him with his 'tawdry tales'…

February 26, 2006 - Msg 158: Get ready God, 'cause you're about to have the time of your life...Barney's a comin'! You will be missed, my friend.

Joe Hoover..Greencastle,Pa.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 159: Mr Knotts... I grew up watching you and I will miss you... you are without a doubt.. the best at what you do.. and that is entertain us with being Barney and Mr Furley... I love you and will miss you... but we have the reruns of Andy Griffin Show and Three's Company to see your handiwork and marvel at your unique style that won our hearts... I can't believe you are gone but your memories will live on... Many Blessing Mickey from Pascagoula, Ms byway of Scottsdale, Az

February 26, 2006 - Msg 160: Nip them in the bud in Heaven! God Bless Don!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 161: Mr. Knotts,Only the body is gone; your spirit will continue to live on forever, and millions of people who are not even born yet will be laughing, and learning the lessons of life from you, just as we still do today!!! RIP

February 26, 2006 - Msg 162: Mr. Knotts: My heart is heavy with sorrow. I have been your fan since I first saw you on the Steve Allen Show and I have been a faithful fan of yours ever since. I love you on the Andy Griffith Shows and even more in your movies. My favorite movies of you are the Ghost & Mr. Chicken, How To Frame a Figg and Reluctant Astronaut. In my opinion, you were the main character on the Griffith Shows. I will miss you terribly and if you see Aunt Bea, please give her a big hug for me. God bless you forever!

Shirley Harold, Reno, NV.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 163: Don was a treasure from God on loan to us and there are no words in any vocabulary that can express, explain, or give proper tribute to Don Knotts no one will ever be able to fill his shoes or capture the hearts of so many.

God Blessed you,
Rev. Michael

February 26, 2006 - Msg 164: When I learned of Mr. Knotts' death early Saturday evening, just after watching the Andy Griffith Show on Nick At Night, I was so deeply saddened. He was quite a gentleman who always brought a smile to our faces as we watched his comic genius at work. His character as Barney Fife will live on as an icon. His five emmys were so well deserved. You will live on forever in our hearts and minds, and on our television sets where we will always be able to smile and laugh at your comic genius. The cast of The Andy Griffith Show is being re-assembled in heaven now as you join Aunt Bee, Helen, Floyd, Otis, Howard, and all the others who preceeded you there. Your the Sheriff-In-Charge now. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and castmates of his throughout the years. You made this a better world for us to live in through your characters. May God Bless You,
Tom Tetro
Fresh Meadows, New York.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 165: The Statler Brothers had a line in a song a fews years ago that said "when Elvis died we all knew that we could too", this sums up my feelings for the great Don Knotts as well. Goodbye ole friend, you will be forever remembered through TV reruns of your work.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 166: This is hard for me. I was raised on TAGS. The life lessons that the show put out, has come true for me a thousand times over. Over the years I've kept up with the passing of actors and actresses that were on TAGS. They are getting numerous now, unfortunately. I've always said that when Andy or Don passes it will be a "sadder than most" day. Well, it has come and I am most sad. I've always had a premonition that Don would pass away before Andy. Not being ghoulish, but like I said, I've always had a premonition about this. Now that it has happened, another piece of America is gone. What is sad but true, is, that there is NO ONE in Hollywood now that is carrying on the torch that has been passed when a legend like Don Knotts leaves us. It seems like all Hollywood is doing now is remaking classic TV shows or classic movies that pale in comparison to the original. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." We shall meet, but we shall miss him, there will be one vacant chair... Barney Fife, Ralph Furley, and lest we forget, Les "Ace" Calhoun from Matlock are characters that cannot be forgotten or duplicated. Don's few appearances on "Matlock" were unforgettable mainly because he resurrected a lot of "Barney Fife's" ways and habits and skits with Andy. I must go cry some more now. I will miss you just like a member of the family. May God bless the Knotts family and friends during this time. May God bless all TAGSRWC fans and members! Barney was soft hearted and so am I. I keep a hanky with me too.

Rutherfordton, NC

February 26, 2006 - Msg 167: I don't think there will ever be another like Don Knotts. He is one of my all-time favorite entertainers and I will miss him dearly. We love you Don!

Brian, Phoenix AZ

February 26, 2006 - Msg 168: Don Knotts taught me how to laugh at myself. Even before I reached my teens, Don Knotts was teaching me lessons I couldn't learn today from a college professor. The lessons I learned early on from Don probably saved me from serious injury or death, because I knew how to let things "roll off my back" and use my weaknesses as a tool. The Andy Griffith show should be required watching material in any educational forum where the desired result is a student prepared to interact with the real world with a full arsenal of "common sense".

Godspeed, Don. Can't wait to see you on the other side

Greg Lemons

February 26, 2006 - Msg 169: I send out prayers to Dons family and I say thank you Mr Knotts for being a part of my life during my lifetime. There will never be another you. I have tears this morning reading the news but now heaven has some more laughter to enjoy. Gina Bayer Lake Forest, CA

February 26, 2006 - Msg 170: I'm having a hard time coming to terms with how upset I actually am about this. My son is now laying on the couch in his sleeping bag watching TAGS episodes. Tomorrow we will watch the movies. I just introduced him to Don Knotts via 'Private Eyes' last week. I wasn't raised in the best situation and every afternoon Don's work as Barney made me laugh. I appreciate all he did for me.

Jason, Phoenix, AZ

February 26, 2006 - Msg 171: With all of the violence and "adult situations" on TV, my teenagers still laugh aloud when watching TAGS. And me? I smile and laugh along with them, knowing virtually every line of every show. Mr. Knotts made us all laugh at the simple things in life. He will be truly missed. A huge part of America passed away with him. However, his memories and laugh lines will continue for generations to come!

Keith, Toledo Ohio

February 26, 2006 - Msg 172: I have enjoyed watching Don Knotts for sometime now. He always brings a smile to my face. Anytime my world gets a little to crazy I put on The Andy Griffith Show dvd's and it calms me. It reminds me of the way I grew up and the way I wish life could be now. I'll never forget the horrible feelings I had after 9/11 happened. My family just couldn't take another news broadcast so we turned the news off and The Andy Griffith Show on. Don, Andy and the gang brought us welcomed relief from a troubled world. Our world tonight feels a little less full knowing Don is no longer with us. God bless you Don Knotts for making us smile.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 173: goodbye deputy Fife, dont forget your one bullet. jeff, port huron mi.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 174: Nobody was funnier at being nervous. Once on Steve Allen he was a shaky worker in a bomb factory. He later was an astronaut afraid of heights. He was great in those movies with Tim Conway. Barney was his best character. The deputy that was only allowed to have one bullit,and he had to keep that in his pocket. Andy or Gomer were always funnier if Barney was around. When Barney left the show, they should have nipped it in the bud. He gave ticket happy policeman a nickname forever. Barneys police motorcycle and him as 'check point chickie' is a riot. Heres to Don Knotts who took all our nervousness and self importance and made it funny. He definatly put alot of smiles on people young and old over the years. I know he did mine, and God bless him. Kevin New Carlisle,OH

February 26, 2006 - Msg 175: I cried today when i heard that my friend that i'd never met passed away. Don has come into my home and my heart since i was a child. I've cherished him and the many other wonderful actors from the Andy Griffith show. Its strange how I always felt as if I knew them, that they were somehow family. No other "star" of movies or TV has ever made me feel that way. You will be missed Don. I am thankful for the gift you have left behind for all of us for generations to come to enjoy. Heaven is a better place today with Don in it. My heartfelt sympathy to Don's family. God speed Don, God speed.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 176: When I think of actors of the last century, many names have been forgotten, but Don Barney Fife Knotts will be remembered long after his passing. One way to tell if an actor is special or not, is if that actor can be watched over and over again, rerun after rerun and be enjoyable each and everytime. Don Knotts was such an actor. We will not see another like him again. Goodbye Don, I will honor you by laughing when I watch you on reruns...thank you for everything. Richard Molalla Oregon

February 26, 2006 - Msg 177: It broke my heart to hear of Don Knotts' passing. I have been watching re-runs of the show for most of my life. He was such a good charactor actor. I loved him best as Barney, but I also loved him as Mr. Farley, and in the movies I saw. He just made you laugh. All my best to his family and friends. I look foward to seeing you again in heaven. Sharon

February 26, 2006 - Msg 178: Barn, I feel closer to you than to many of my relatives. Thanks for your gentle, loving humor. David Govett, Davis, California



February 26, 2006 - Msg 180: Some of the happiest memories of my childhood was watching TAGS with my father. He often said to me that Don's role as Barney was the best character role ever. I'm sure he is in a long line waiting to greet Barney P at heavens gates.
God Blessed Mr. Knotts with with a great talent.

Buford Ga

February 26, 2006 - Msg 181: I feel like I’ve lost a beloved member of my family. He was an all time great. We will miss him, but as has been said, he will live on in the hearts of millions through re-runs and TAGS on DVD. I also loved his movies; my favorite was him and Tim Conway in “The Private Eyes”, what a team! But they were all good, funny and wholesome. See you later Barn.

Douglasville, Ga.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 182: I just shead a tear. Now back to Wally's Gas Station and take care of business.




February 26, 2006 - Msg 184: "The tears on my pillow bespeak the pain that is in my heart." We were watching/listening to the motorcycle episode Friday night in the car. I can drive and listen and know exactly what is happening, I have seen them so many times. I just hope Don knew how special he was and how much true joy he brought to so many people. I'm sure God is laughing at Barn and Ernest T in Heaven, what a great reunion. God Bless the family from Texas

February 26, 2006 - Msg 185: Dear Don,

Thanks for making my life a happier one.


February 26, 2006 - Msg 186: Rest In Peace Don,

I guess God needed a little more laughter in Heaven



February 26, 2006 - Msg 188: Words cannot explain the sorrow in my heart right now. Don, Rest in peace and thnks for the memories and laughter. I am sure Aunt Bea has some pickles waiting on you in heaven and I bet these taste great this time !

I Love You Don Knotts !

February 26, 2006 - Msg 189: I grew up watching Barney and I have 3 cds of reruns I watch when I need a laugh.....Simple humor without cursing or nudity......A man who will not be replaced in mu lifetime. Thank you Barney you will be missed. Give God a good laugh.
Kenny-Denver Co

February 26, 2006 - Msg 190: Giraffes might be selfish but you weren’t Don. You shared many magical moments of laughter with millions of fans. Take that bullet out of your shirt pocket and shine it up every now and then. And never forget to “nip it in the bud”.

Have a good one Don! You’ll be missed!

Glenn A. Haman
St. Thomas Pennsylvania

February 26, 2006 - Msg 191: From deputy Barney Fife,to Ralph Furley,you have proven that you don't have to be vulgar to be funny. Hollywood is going through a tragic phase...losing it's great actors,and you are just the latest added to the roster. I suppose god just needed more great comedians in heaven. you and andy griffith always made a great pair.....and to this day,i only watch the episodes of "matlock" in which you made a guest appearance......that's how much of a funny,charming,irreverant man you were,and your spirit shall eternally be. GODSPEED DON KNOTTS!
We all love you and will miss you terribly!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 192: Don, Words cannot express the sadness we all feel about your passing. You will be missed. Speaking from your home state of W.V. Keep Heaven safe till we get there. Tell Aunt Bea, Otis and Ernest T we all said "Hey"
Bill Barr
Mannington, WV

February 26, 2006 - Msg 193: Godspeed, Don. Don't take any bad pickles up there! JEL

February 26, 2006 - Msg 194: God Bless you Don I will miss you ,you brought me back to a better time Rest in Peace, Ray

February 26, 2006 - Msg 195: Job well done Mr. Knotts. Thanks for the laughter. We will all keep looking and searching for Mayberry. This is one great star which will shine forever. Jimmy C. Smyrna, Ga.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 196: My earliest childhood memories included "The Andy Griffith Show". By watching reruns on tape,Don,and his many characters, helped me get through some sad times in my life. He will surely be missed!! Our thoughts and prayers go to his family,and his extended family,his fans!!


February 26, 2006 - Msg 197: Barney...Thank you for taking time to bring us laughter, tears, and you're always kind heart.
You're one special guy and will forever be with us. We'll miss you! :-(

Hillsborough, NC

February 26, 2006 - Msg 198: thanks for the memories don. we'll never forget you. you are a family member to us.
nip it in the bud.
t wetzel tn.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 199: Don Knotts' character, Barney Fife, made police officers seem human, he was bumbling and at times a bragger. But he always was loyal and did the job no matter how scared he was. Everybody should be a little like Barney. RIP Mr. Knotts

February 26, 2006 - Msg 200: You have been a part of our lives for almost our whole lives. It's like you amd the TAGS cast are family members. Thanks for your wonderful "wit" and commitment to great entertainment, free from the vulgarity most think necessary to get a good laugh. Your approach IS the "good laugh"-
Til we meet again,
Charles and Debbie Glover
Gaston, SC

February 26, 2006 - Msg 201: I knew something was wrong today but I did not know what that something was. I watched four hours of Andy Griffith Show videos during the day and now I understand why I was compelled to spend this day with Don. What a true hero.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 202: What can I say. . . Don Knotts added so many smiles to my life. My father is gone now, but I remember our times watching Andy and Barney together, and the laughter we shared at their antics. Don Knotts gave all of us so much through his genius, and make no mistake, he was a comic genius. I hope they play "Santa Lucia" at my favorite Song Fester's funeral. We will miss you Don, but we will always have Barney.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 203: Thank you Don for giving us all so much to laugh at, so many good times, making laughter were there was none, thank you!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 204: February 26, 2006-Barney Fife felt like he was a part of my family. Barney's First Car was one of my favorite eposides. He was priceless. He kept me laughing on days when I couldn't laugh. I will always think of him as Barney and Barney you will truely be missed. I loved our Barney. Kathy Sluder-



February 26, 2006 - Msg 206: Thats very sad news to hear....The andy griffith show is my favorite show ever, I watch it everyday ...Barney always had a way to cheer people up and make us happy ...Thanks for all of the years of joy you gave to us ... God Bless,you will be very missed

February 26, 2006 - Msg 207: Thanks for all the times you brought laughter in TAGS and Matlock. I'm sure Heaven is brighter now that you are there with the other cast members who have gone on before. Now that you're gone,this leaves only Andy,Ron Howard, Jim Nabors, George Lindsay, Maggie Peterson, the Dillards, Eleanor Donahue, Joyce Jameson (other fun girl)and Betty Lynn as the only living cast members. But you will always be remembered.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 208: Thanks for the great memories Don. You will be missed. I grew up watching you on the Andy Griffith Show and always could count on wholesome entertainment and a good laugh. Anytime things are bad around me now, I can always watch an episode on TV and laugh. It makes life better knowing you helped make those times possible. Thanks and may God bless you and yours.

Tuscaloosa, AL

February 26, 2006 - Msg 209: I am a fellow hillbilly , like Don, . He was awesome , He made growing up funny I have a friend that I compare him to because of his demeanor and looks , but believe me that is a compliment, I only hope that the hometown of mayberry lives on for generations to come H e will be sorely missed by all who loved him and even those who didnt
Jeff Tampa

February 26, 2006 - Msg 210: Don Knotts made the Andy Griffith Show. His comedy brought many smiles to me and thousands others over the years. I remember as a child watching his movies on Saturday morning at the theater. His portrayal of Barney was a classic. Memories of various episodes are etched in my memory forever. They still bring a smile as I recall his antics. Best wishes to his family and friends. He will be missed. We lost another member of our Mayberry family. HOW SAD IT IS but how GREAT it is that we had him.

Tom Brame
Pensacola, FL

February 26, 2006 - Msg 211: Our Dear Ole Pal Don has passed.
Barney, Don's masterful creation and the eternal optimist, showed us that we should never give up, despite our set-backs. I will miss his sidecar and his dogged desire to protect Mayberry. I will miss his loyalty and love for his friend Andy. We could all use a friend like Barney. I will miss his mentoring of children and his attempts to show them the right way. Alas, there will be no more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in Mayberry. I will miss his secret phone calls to Jaunita at the diner, and if we were very lucky, his serenading to Juanita over the phone. I will miss his getting locked in the jail and his evenings on the porch with Andy after dinner. I don't think there has been a TV character more loved than Don Knotts' Barney. I hope the world appreciates what we have lost this weekend. God Bless you, Don Knotts.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 212: Andy & Opie said it best:

Opie: "Doesn't the (bird)cage seem mighty empty now"
Andy: "But don't the trees seem mighty full"

February 26, 2006 - Msg 213: Thanks Don for giving us the old fashion hummor that proved to be timeless. You will be missed!

Sharpsburg, GA

February 26, 2006 - Msg 214: My deepest sympathy to his family. A sad day in my life. Don Knotts-Barney Fife gone, but not forgotten. Thanks for all the joy and laughter you brought to the world. Thanks for all you did!! You will be greatly missed but fondly remembered, you will be sorely missed but your top shelf humor will remain in our hearts forever. I will continue to honor you by watching and laughing, God Speed and may you rest in peace knowing the joy you've left behind.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 215: Today, a star has left us, but a new star shines in the Heavens. We mourn for our loss, but rejoice for Heaven's gains

Bart Anderson
citizen of Mayberry

February 26, 2006 - Msg 216: My boyfriend has always loved the show. Thru him, I have come to love it as well. We began to visit Mt. Airy en route from Ohio to Raleigh at least twice a year. We have eaten at "Barneys" on Main St. and think of him every time we're there. We have shirts that say "nip it, nip it, nip it" on them! Oh, the laughter it has generated! We will do our best to pass on the show's memories to our kids!!

February 26, 2006 - Msg 217: I loved you, Barn
Mike Jackson, tennessee

February 26, 2006 - Msg 218: I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Knotts, along with Tim Conway, a few years ago. He was pretty frail at that time,
but as nice as I'd hoped he'd be.

As a huge fan of his and the Andy Griffith Show, just a week ago I bought the Season 5 DVD set of Tags. I already own the first 4 seasons, and wasn't planning on buying the other seasons simply because Barney wasn't in them, except for a few guest appearances. Over the next few days, I watched
all the un-cut episodes, seeing some scenes I haven't seen in years. When I got down to the final 4 or 5 shows, I didn't want to watch them. It was sad thinking I would be at the end of something I'd pursued over my lifetime..seeing everyone
of those shows in their entirety.

Today, of course, I will pull out that last disc, and enjoy
a show that reminds almost all of us old enough to remember
of what America was....a land of honest, honorable God-fearing people, who took care of each other and lived with
each other's eccentricities.

There is a town called Mayberry, and it will live on in our hopes and dreams. I don't know if we'll ever live in an America
like that again, but I wil continue to do my best to be a good
citizen of Mayberry.

God bless your soul, Don Knotts.

Luther Heggs, Myrtle Beach


February 26, 2006 - Msg 220: The all time funniest was when Barney hit Otis with the tomato. Andy walked in and said "Why did you hit Otis with a tomato? Barney said there was only two kinds of cops. The quick and the dead. #1 fan - Tennessee

February 26, 2006 - Msg 221: Don Knotts, what a legend, a man who will truly be missed. I really cannot think of any time in my life that is as relaxing as when I pop in a the Andy Griffith series and watch Barney in action... Barney the world loved you and you should be very proud to know how many lives and families that you have touched and blessed throughout your career. I reallty don't think that you could have ever imagined how loved you were. Thank you for all the good times

Ryan McCann, St.Louis,MO.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 222: By far the best comedic actor of our time.

February 26, 2006 - Msg 223: I knew this day would come, however it does not make it any easier to say good=bye to an icon. A day does not go by that I do not think of Don and Andy and all the life lesson's they imparted on the Andy Griffith Show. He will be missed by many, but he is no longer suffering.......May God Bless you Don for all the good thing you have done in your life.

Greg Churchill, Crawfordsville, IN

February 26, 2006 - Msg 224: My Wife & I consider ourselves his biggest fans.
Knowone has ever made us laugh like Don.
I've been watching him since I was tiny.
He was unique.He was special.He was the funniest
man we've ever seen.His passing on my wifes 40th
birthday made it even sadder.
We've always loved you,Don.We always will.
Eric & lisa Mailloux,New Hampshire

February 26, 2006 - Msg 225: My wife took me on a surprise trip one Saturday afternoon a few years back to Bradford, Ohio. The occasion ended up being a Mayberry Squad Car Reunion, with Don Knotts as the featured star. I had the good fortune of shaking his hand that day and remember thanking him for all the great Barney Fife memories. Don put his other hand on top of our handshake & said, "No, thank YOU, son." What a class act & what a true gentleman! Exactly what I expected from my favorite Mayberry resident. 10-4, Barn!