February 27, 2006 - Msg 1531: Thank you for all the laughs and sharing those laughs with the world. You never let anything stop you thank you for your percerverance and i am sure there is a lot more laughter in heaven God bless you! Robin Decatur Alabama

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1532: For Christmas 2005, our son and family gave us a 3 DVD pkg of "The Andy Griffith Show". We have enjoyed it so much. Every show has such a good clean, message to it. Don Knotts was a good man.
I'm glad they're still available.
the Holm family, Montana

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1533: Thank you for keeping alive in our minds a time that was simple and pure. God Bless you Don Knotts. D'Lon, Lexington, Tennessee

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1534: Watching the Andy Griffith show (but only the ones with Barney in them!)guaranteed that for the next 30 minutes,I would always laugh....sometimes cry,(winkin blinkin and nod episode.....killed me,would bawl like a baby))but would ALWAYS provide such a sense of security,having grown up with watching them. How many things in this life can you say that about with such a certainty? As we all get older,we wonder about the legacy we are leaving. Don,what a huge impact you had on a HUGE amount of this world's population. The world is a better place for you having lived in it and blessed us with your tremendous comedic talent.
I bet your Mom and Dad are prouder than when you gave em the septic tank!!

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1535: Thanks for brightening our lives and making us laugh the laughs that help us feel renewed. Our world has lost a light, but "don't the heavens seem nice and full!" Thanks to our Maker for sharing Don Knotts with us. Thea-Chesnee, SC

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1536: Everything you ever needed to know about how to be a honest, humble, well-meaning, thoughtful and good soul was exhibited on this show, usually through "Barney." I enjoy re-watching them, even now, and Don Knotts was a treasure. S.Sagen, California

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1537: Honestly, I am saddened so very much at hearing of Barns / Mr. Knott's going on to Life After Life! I know this - He is some one Heaven will enjoy. May he Shake in his boots at the Pearly Gates and continue bringing laughter and smiles to all in a Heavenly Mayberry! To his family - a WORLD of Fans are praying for your comfort at this time.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1538: Barney, "Here at the Rock" we'll be using our wood burning sets and building sets to break out!! Keep em in line up there buddy.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1539: "The Andy Griffith Show" without Don Knotts just never was the same. I always identified with Mr. Knotts because we were so much alike. Even though I never had the honor of meeting him, I aleays felt like I knew him. He was a great man and a marvelous entertainer! Thankfully, we will have him around on tape and such forever! God bless you Don!

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1540: "Atta boy, Luther!"
Tony, Tampa FL

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1541: I have watched the Andy Griffith shows since I was a young child. My three children, now grown, also watched and enjoyed the wholesome show that made us laugh. Don Knotts was the center of the laughter...he was a wonderful comedian and person.
There will never be another like him!

Debbie...Pittsburgh, PA

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1542: My 13-year-old son loves to quote every word of Barney's "Here at the Rock" speech. Rule #1 - Obey ALL rules... Our family has a special "RULE" of watching "Andy's" and we love to obey it! We won't let more than a couple of days go by without getting our "Andy Griffith Show FIX" Our lives are better for all the laughter and fun that Barney and Andy have brought into our home and hearts. We will continue to laugh and cry with the Mayberry cast.
"Barney, you beat everything, you know that!"
Fighting back tears in Junction City, Arkansas

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1543: The weirdest thing happened to my wife and I last Friday morning. The subject of Andy and Barney came up, and I stated, it is going to be a sad,sad day when we get the news that one of them has passed on. Our jaws hit the floor when we found out that he died later that very day. We didn't even know he was sick. How ironic that I would say that the very day that Don Knotts died. We felt like we lost a dear friend. I just wish that we could have met him in person. Barney was the greatest sitcome character of all time, with Andy, Gomer, Floyd, Otis and Aunt Bee all tied for second!

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1544: The weirdest thing happened to my wife and I last Friday morning. The subject of Andy and Barney came up, and I stated, it is going to be a sad,sad day when we get the news that one of them has passed on. Our jaws hit the floor when we found out that he died later that very day. We didn't even know he was sick. How ironic that I would say that the very day that Don Knotts died. We felt like we lost a dear friend. I just wish that we could have met him in person. Barney was the greatest sitcome character of all time, with Andy, Gomer, Floyd, Otis and Aunt Bee all tied for second!
Jason C.
Prattville, AL

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1545: I had the fortunate luck to meet and eat lunch with Don Knotts in 1992. It was in Los Angeles, and I was attending a luncheon given by CBS for their upcoming televison season. They were going to air a reunion show that upcoming season, the one where Don Knotts hosted and several people talked with him while the clips were shown. He could not have been a more genteel, soft spoken gentleman. And he was genuinely appreciative of my praise for him and the show. He will be missed, but thankfully remembered for his contributions. Greg C., Memphis, TN

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1546: This morning on my way to morning Mass I listened to one of his skits that he had done on the Steve Allen Show about a weather man who hadn't gotten his report before going on camera to give the report and even this toched my heart. he was truly an artist that gave much to me and my family all of his preforming career in what ever part that he played. and who can ever forget Andy's comment whenever Barney messed up--Barrrnie. God love and keep this man who gave so much to others D. byers Ohio

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1547: After reading all the post everything I wanted to say Has been said. My thoughts and prayers go to his Family and Friends. We will all miss him But we still have him on the GREAT shows that were REAL comedy that you could watch with your children without fear of them hearing something they didnt need to hear. I grew up with Don and watch TAGS over and over and will as long as its on. Rest in peace Barn We love and miss you
Mobile Ala

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1548: Thank you for your laughter over the years. You were a true person that could generate laughter at any given time. I will always remember the smiles that you gave to me and will continue to give each time I watch The Andy Griffith Show. The world is a better place thanks to Don Knotts.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1549: Atta Boy, Don! We love you.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1550: I have every single episode of the Andy Griffith show. I just wish we could all go back to those very simple times. God Bless the entire cast...I will continue to watch this show until I die. Marlin J. Carr, Warsaw, IN

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1551: I grew up watching the Andy Griffith show. Barney was one of my favorites, he could always make me laugh. And that was without swearing and lewd jokes. His brand of comedy sad to say is gone forever, it's all about shock now. Rest in piece Don, you'll be missed. Willie
Waldwick, NJ

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1552: I've been so fortunate over the years to get to know Barney. The Andy Griffith show wasn't the same when he left. Thank you for the laughter and the tears that was shed over this special show. I will continue to watch and enjoy each episode as it were the very first time to see it.


February 27, 2006 - Msg 1553: How many times I have stayed awake late to catch Barney and Andy. We will surely miss such a tremendous actor....

Cola. SC

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1554: God Bless Don Knotts, a fellow West Virginian!

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1555: I'm 48 years old and have been watching TAGS since I was a child in the '60's. I never grow tired of the show and Don Knotts' interaction with Andy and the other actors was nothing short of magic--what an artist! He will be missed, but, thank God the complete shows are now available on DVD so that we can continue to enjoy the good, clean, old-fashioned laughs that Mr. Knotts and the others have given us.

RGW - Stuarts Draft, Virginia

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1556: Thank you Don Knotts for all the great memories and laughs you gave me and all of your adoring fans. We will truly miss you and we will never forget what a good man you were. You were and always will be an inspiration to people everywhere. God Bless.
Gary in Nevada, Texas

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1557: I always try to catch "The Andy Griffith Show" as many times as I can during the day. Even though, I've seen most of the episodes 100's of times, they never get old. What a great show!!!I didn't like it when it became colorized.
Don Knotts was one of the greatest and the world has lost an icon. RIP Barney, we will miss you!!!

Tuscaloosa, AL

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1558: My Sincerest Condolences to us all! He was friend to all dogs, but not to giraffes because of their selfishness, I am so sorry to hear of this genius man's passing. I wish I could have met Mr. Knotts to tell him of my appreciation for his comedy. Whenever I need a boost, I will watch an episode of "The Andy Griffith Show". The whole ensemble was priceless on that show, and Barney was extra special and timeless. Since I have an "Andy" screen saver, I will now especially enjoy Barney saying, "We need to nip it, nip it in the bud!!"
Until we meet in Heaven where I am sure there are no speed traps, Thanks,
Terri in Auburn

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1559: Thank you, Don, for giving America such wonderful memories. L. Baker NC

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1560: We shall meet, but we shall miss him,
There will be one vacant chair,
We shall linger to caress him,
When we breathe our evening prayer.

God bless you Don. You are truely one of a kind and there will never be another like you. You beat everything, you know that!

Tom Ross
Monroe, NC

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1561: One of the funniest men to ever live. He brought smiles to alot of people and he will live on in reruns for a long time. See you around Barney Fife! Thanks for the laughs.

Tough Guy

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1562: Barney was such a great actor on "The Andy Griffin Show". He made everyone laugh so much. My favorite line of his was from the Pickle story: "I don't see how anyone can eat those Karosine Cucumbers!" He will be missed.
Casey in Cordele, GA

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1563: Don, Thank you for just being you. I am 46 years old and I still love TAGS. God Bless you for the memories that I will aways have.

Altus, Oklahoma

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1564: thank you for the many of years of laughs not only at mayberry but on the many disney films we watched just because of mr knotts being from west virginia its good to see someone from our home state excel on tv my thoughts and prayers are with his family god bless

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1565: Don Knots is dead.

Bitter sweet tears rim my eyes.

I see the eternal town of Mayberry. People worked, and lived there, and still do; Barney, Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee, Thelma Lou, Floyd, Ernest T. Bass, Otis and the rest. It's a town with family, relationships, and values. Mayberry's is an antidote to the loud pretentions of the present, all presents.

I knew Barney Fife; but I didn't know Don Knots. I lived in Mayberry.

Thank you Barney.


February 27, 2006 - Msg 1566: Don Knotts was a one of a kind comic genius.
Many grieve his passing but he will always be
in our hearts as we continue to watch his work
that blessed us for so many years.
Thank you Don.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1567: You will be missed . From your messed up hair, your endearing use of "Ange", to the full of yourself blustering egotist-your caricature's of everyone's human foibles- we were all too embarassed to admit we saw ourselves in Barney- you made us laugh at ourselves. A gentle soul indeed. You are a gem.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1568: I salute you sir.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1569: Was just recently made aware of the scripture basis for many of the Andy Griffith shows and have used them in some of my mission work. What a joy those wonderful old shows were, funny yet touching in so many ways. Many thanks

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1570: There are so many "Mayberry" towns in our country. And each of those towns has it's own "Barney Fife". He'll live on in the hearts and minds of all of us who grew up and live in those kind of towns and who can identify with him and his character. We'll miss him, but we all know that he is in Heaven, still performing his deputy duties with The Big Sherrif now.
Southside Virginia

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1571: God BLESS you Don Knotts...

We will MISS you're WARM, FRIENDLY nature and GENIOUS COMEDY STYLINGS...that made us ALL feel like YOU were a MEMBER OF OUR OWN FAMILY...You made us LAUGH for HALF A CENTURY...Now YOU can make ALL OF HEAVEN laugh for an ETERNITY!!!


February 27, 2006 - Msg 1572: Unlike most of you who grew up watching Andy Griffith Show, I did not start watching it until 1991.

You see, I am an Indian (from India) and came to the U.S. in 1981 to pursue higher studies. Well, one thing led to another and I am still here after 25 years. In 1991, while flipping channels, I accidentally bumped into the Andy Griffith Show on one of the channels. It happened to be one of the jail scenes with Otis and Barney in it. I tell ya, I was immediately floored by the quality of comedy in that particular episode. Only later I found out the name of the show and since then I have turned into a big time Andy Griffith show fan. Obviously the credit goes to each and every caste members in the show but Barney Fife has a special role in turning me into a TAGS-aholic. If I were to make a top 100 best comedians ever - Barney (Don Knotts) would occupy the first ten top spots - no question about it - way ahead of Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson, Leno, Seinfeld, and others! The guy was a sheer genius and that's an understatement!

I am a systems analyst in a very large company. After a long and hard day of dealing with computers, network issues and interacting with dozens of users with computer problems, nothing soothes me more than lying down on the sofa and watch Andy Griffith Show reruns on TVLand when I get home in the late evening. Sometimes when they preempt the show for other reruns (marathons) I get very disturbed. It's like my whole evening has been ruined!

My two sons (16 and 7) are growing up watching TAGS reruns and I couldn't be happier for them. When I told my 7 year old that Barney had died, he became very emotional but quickly controlled his tears saying at least granny will have good company up there.

Mr. Knotts, you will be sorely missed by this fan of yours. You have a special place in my home and in my heart. Thanks for all that laughter.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1573: We'll miss you, Barney, but your spirit lives on.
The Virginia TAGS members.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1574: Don Knotts was the very best. I had an opportunity to meet him and thank him for all the fun he brought to me and my family over the years.
ol' barn will live forever
dm in tennessee

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1575: I feel as if I have lost an old friend.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1576: Don Knotts was and always will be televisions finest comic genius and sit com sidekick. Today I grieve his passing but his brilliant performances will shine on forever. No other television character has been able to capture so much humor, tenderness, and childlike eagerness like Don Knotts. May be rest in a rocking chair on the front porch in the sky. "I think I'll go home, take a nap, and then go over to Thelma Lou's to watch TV."
Fergus Falls, MN

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1577: The tears on my pillow bespeak the pain that is in my heart...may you rest in peace...you beat everything, Barney !

John, Southampton, Bermuda

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1578: My wife and I grew up enjoying Don Knotts and I are re-living the enjoyment of the Andy Griffth Show with our six children. Don Knotts was a real joy to watch and we pray is at peace. One of our favorite segments was when he was trying to prove to Andy that he knew the Preamble - with Andy coaching him through every word. A classic moment with a classic performer. May you rest in peace. Thank you Don.

Paul & Bridget & Family

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1579: Hearing the news yesterday was like loosing an old friend and the tears fell. He gave the world so much laughter and we quoted him more times that he probably could have imagined. We all will miss him. How lucky we are to have him recorded and saved for us and for future generations.
Wendy Rose
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1580: The nervous deputy appeared,
And history was made.
Now he has left this earthly sod,
And our hearts are dismayed.
But new horizons will embrace
Mayberry's favorite son;
Our dear Don Knotts may now be gone,
But Barney will live on.

Kathryn "Flora" Darden, Nashville, TN

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1581: What more can I say? Words cannot describe how I felt about this wonderful man. Being about Ron Howard's age now, I grew-up watching the best TV and Andy Griffith was and still is the best. My wife and I don't miss that many shows TVLand has on now. Don Knotts was the show. Andy and him had that special chemistry that not too many people develope and I'm sure many hundreds of thousand folks would agree with me. Andy, Ron, Jim, and the many others of the show have definitely lost a close friend and the rest of us have as well. I know many of you didn't know him personally, but we didn't have to because what we saw over the years probably is the same guy he actually was. To his immediate family and the family from the Andy Griffith I say how so sorry I am for his passing and only look to meeting him in person up there in Mayberry Heaven. Don, I know you can see this, I say "thanks so very much for your being who you were to me on TV and at the movies, I will miss you my friend". God Bless his soul and his family,
Bill Lynch
Portsmouth, Rhode Island

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1582: As a criminal defense lawyer, I deal with a great deal of what has become unpleasant in modern society. I would anxiously await my arrival at home so that I could be transported, if only for a half an hour, to a land where kindness humor, and respct for others reigned supreme. Don Knotts brought serenity into my home. I wish I could have thanked him for that.
jason Anthony

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1583: Don, Thank you for taking us back to a time when things were simpler and uncomplicated. How much we watched you on that wonderful show and longed to live in a place like that. Thank you for all the wonderful laughs you brought to so many people. God bless.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1584: Some day we will all be together........Thank You for 40 years of laughter. Sent with a kiss.
Dale City, Virginia

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1585: There will never be another such as Don Knotts. I grew up watching the Andy Griffith show, and have learned much from the values the show taught. I had the pleasure of meeting Don three times during his theatre work in Kansas. I feel like I've lost a good friend. God bless Don.

Jake, Kansas City, MO

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1586: A friend with whom I shared a love of the Andy Griffith Show, but who I haven't seen or talked to in over a year, called me at home Saturday night at 11-PM with the news. That's the impact of the show. He probably wouldn't have called me if someone in his own family died. What other show or what other characters from television have had such an affect on people?

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1587: Like losing family. We've lost one of the greats.

Centreville, VA

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1588: Don Knotts is gone. You will live on in our hearts and in our minds. We are so fortunate to have all these re-runs of Andy Griffith to watch the rest of our lives. You sir, are the MASTER of physical Comedy. Dick Van Dyke was great but you were the KING! I laughed SO HARD when Barney sang in the town Choir, attempted to recite the preamble(with mussed up hair), danced with a female escaped convict, argued with Gomer Pyle, Otis, Ernest T. Bass, Thelma Lu, Floyd, and Even Andy, hopelessly fumbled with his gun, locked himself into the jail cell, got drunk and rambled, arrested Jaywalkers. So many laughs...I am smiling big as I type this. What about the time he bought a relic WWII motorcycle and terrorized the streets of Mayberry (and Andy in the process)? Your work as Mr. Furley on Three's Company was even great too. So great in fact, that it made a mediocre show past its prime still worth watching for me. God Bless you, Don Knotts. Rest in Peace. Rob in Dublin, Ohio

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1589: As I sit here on this rainy day in Northern California reading all these memorials to Don Knotts it is not possible to hold back the tears. Barney has made me laugh for so many years through good times and bad. Years ago my wife bought me a Barney Fife joke drivers license and boy we have had so much fun with it.I still carry to this date and try to use it sometimes to cash a check. What a great way to make someone smile. Hey Barn, you beat all, you know that? Don, your in our hearts and televisions everyday and for that we are blessed. Dennis Ca.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1590: Its too bad that all the great actors and comedians are leaving us. We're left with no one except foul mouthed, self-important idiots. Don Knotts was one of a kind and his "Barney Fife" is immortal. Sadly, one day Andy Griffith will join him..and then where will we be?.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1591: Don thanks for all the laughs and such wonderful tmes on the Andy Griffith show. Well i'm only 13
but watching that and Three's Company with John Writter was just great. So don i'll always look at you as one of the kings of laughter and comedy. God bless! Dillon Hinkle Powhatan,Virginia

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1592: Don, with all of us fans, you had us "wrapped around your little finger" with your genius.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1593: Wow! It was a really somber moment to hear our old friend "Barney" was deceased. I learned of it yesterday. I grew up in the era where it was a pure joy to watch The Andy Griffith show and whistle along as the show came on and went off. Don Knotts gave his all to making that show fun to view and his love of Andy, Opie, Aunt Bea and Gomer really shined through. Thanks, Barn & thanks to God for loaning him to us and the show!

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1594: No matter how things get and as messed up the world is,i know i can turn on barney and andy,leave the real world and have a good laugh.We have all lost one of the greatest when Don Knotts passed.Don thank you for the great times.You are loved by all,we hope God has as good of time with you as we did.... Michael Nottingham

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1595: My email address is bfyfemd@adelphia.net. It was the same at AOL because our good friend Dave Browning had bfifemd. I chose this years ago due to my respect for Don and the joy that the best show on TV gives me. He is gone but all the great memeories will be here until we meet again. I received many phone calls when Don died from friends who knew I was a fan. It was flattering that they would take the time to do so. I never got to meet him in person, but I feel as though I really did know him. Kind and humble is a way I've heard him described. We should be that lucky to be thought of that way when we go. 10 - 4.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1596: Don was such a rare person. He will always be one of my all time favorite actors. I could never
watch him without having my mood and spirt lifted. Mayberry was really about Barney, it was
never close to the same show after he left.
The Lord comfort your family during this great
D Wood, Minnesota

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1597: There are a thousand things that can be said, but I would just love to say "Thank You"

Jim, Centerville, Tennessee

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1598: He was such a funny guy. I loved all the shows he was in. I sat for hours watching the Andy Griffith show and Threes company.I will miss him a lot

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1599: You all said it so much better than I can. I can't believe how much I will miss this fine man. There is absolutely no one working in comedy today who can match him. Take care of your Blue Steel Baby.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1600: We've lost the best. I will always have such great memories of Don Knotts. The laughs he provided me and my family will be cherished memories as long as I live. I frequently had to wipe the tears from my eyes as I laughed out loud while watching my favorite episodes. I had to wipe the tears away again when I heard the news of his death. I'm so thankful I was able to meet my favorite comedian on several occassions and tell him what he meant to me and my family. Rest in peace Don, we will miss you. Chris- KC MO

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1601: Thanks for being a great person and leaving us with memories to treasur forever!

By the way...its not g-d bless its GOD BLESS!
Praise be to GOD ALMIGHTY!

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1602: Having been a Cop in a small town (Winters Calif)I was never insulted when someone would refer to my town as "Mayberry". What a HUGE compliment.We should all be so lucky as to live or work in a "Mayberry". The world is a sadder place because Don Knotts has passed, but Barney Fife will be with us forever. As long as we are lucky enough to have re-runs, and as long as I work with my Captain who does a great impression and can recite just about every Barneyism ever uttered. Thanks for a million laughs Barn...
Mari Alvarez, Woodland Ca.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1603: Don we know all to nip it in the bud. You are an insperation to all who knew you and to all the people you toutched with your comedy and laughter. We will all miss you I know I will, I guess God needed you more . I seams all the good guys are going home up in the sky. We love and i miss you do see you latter..

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1604: You made the Andy Griffth show and you were great on Threes Company, not to mention your other work, all of which made me laugh. You will be missed but you will live on through reruns. Thank you for the memories and God bless your family during this time. You lived a full life and you touched many of us, both the older and younger generations.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1605: There are few celebrities who's death actually brings tears to our eyes and sorrow in our hearts. You will be missed.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1606: I have watched "Andy" almost every day since the first show aired. The shows without Barney just were'nt the same! Thank you Don for all the laughter and joy you gave me for so many years (and many to come!). Don, you're the "cats...."!!! I will truly miss you. God bless you and your family.

Lynne Smith, Santee, SC

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1607: When all is said and done, life is nothing but memories, I have some great ones of my childhood thanks to all of the folks from Mayberry.
It was fun being a child of the 50's and growing up in the 60's. Mary Werner, Worth, Illinois.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1608: Don was a true comedic legend in every sense of the word. Its amazing that after 40plus years of being on television people can still turn on the tv and go back to a time when life was simpler and much easier to live . It just goes to show that even in todays hectic lifestyle , you can still take a minute to set back , relax and have that bottle of pop . I grew up watching the Andy Griffith show and now my kids are watching it to . Hopefully it will instill in them some of the things i learned from watching it all those years ago . Dave Bragg , West Virginia .

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1609: Thanks for taking me back to a simple place and time. Also, thanks for making me smile and laugh. You will live on through the TAGSRWC and our weekly Sunday School class...Lessons from Mayberry!
R. Fields
Winchester, KY.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1610: Thank you so very much for all of the wonderful memories that I have. There isn't anything I'd rather do than sit and enjoy watching Barney. He was the greatest. JRQ--Grand Island, NE.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1611: Geeee, I'm feeling sad.

Dan, Boston

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1612: I thought that I was perhaps the one person in the world who would cry when Don Knotts died. I should have known better, and I can tell from reading the other memories here that many, many others have felt the same way about him, and all the folks from Mayberry. To this day, I still say that I learned a lot of my common sense, and sense of humor, from that show. We are slowly losing the greats from my childhood, but I am so thankful that we will always have the re-runs.

God bless you, Don.

Wayne McCullough, Millington, TN

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1613: Don was a true comic genius who could communicate more with one facial expression than most actors can with a full page of dialog. Who can forget those classic scenes of Barney combing his hair in the mirror, with racy jazz playing in the background. Or his steely look anytime he was left in charge, with Dragnet music backing him up. We love you Don! Mark S. in Durant Oklahoma.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1614: I am thankful for Don Knotts for his work in The Andy Griffith Show and all of the wonderful family films that he made and I saw as a kid. I am sorry that I never got to meet him in person, but I will miss seeing him on the big and small screens. Thanks, Mr. Knotts! I will see you in Heaven one day!

Larry, Fountain Inn, SC

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1615: I have watched the Andy Griffith show almost every day of my life and can say that it was truly my favorite of all times show. Don Knotts will be missed so very much he was a wonderful man. Barbara Greene Shelby, NC

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1616: What a sad day, but Don Knotts left us so many moments of comic genius. He and Andy were one of the greatest comedy teams of all time-their timing was perfect.
This is my favorite show of all time, I never tire of it. It was a good wholesome show, we are doing a Bible study in church now that is based on the shows.
Don Knotts is one of the few celebrities I wish I could have met, only to tell him how much he has meant to me over the years.
RIP Deputy Fife - fans will never forget you! You will always be on our TV's, but more importantly, in our hearts.

Jack Charlotte NC

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1617: Thanks for the GREAT memories Danny&Susan Browns Summit,North Carolina

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1618: You were great. You'll be missed.I have every show and they are great. Rest in peace Barney.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1619: The World of Television will never be the same.
I feel like I have lost my own father.
Rest in Peace - Don Knotts - You are the greatest!

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1620: I will always have a place for you in my heart Don, you were truly a great actor and person. God Bless you! and thanks for the laughs. Eric and Janice Monroe MI.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1621: The news was sad. But thinking of Barney will always put a smile on my face and warm my heart. WC Brownstown,IN

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1622: Don, you and Barney have given me many joyful moments. When I was a child, my family and I watched the Andy Griffith show together. Now I have ALL the seasons of Barney, Opie, Andy and Mayberry. In fact I watch nearly every night to get relaxed for bedtime. Don, you and Big Barn will always bring me comfort and laughs. Thanks Don, I will have you and Barney with me forever!
Micaela Allison Shropshire Fort Smith, Arkansas

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1623: Entertainment has lost a true king

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1624: Don Knotts could not have been from this world because he was so much like what this world needs to be. When Don left us, he took with him morals and values this society desperately needs. We owe Deputy Fife for the image he portrayed to kids growing up from the 50's. He represented the law enforcement community with his pride, dignity and dedication to duty. And to think that the show could have been without the high-strung, toothpick-thin, bungling, single bullet carring paradox is unthinkable. He was, in his own comical way, an everyday deputy with trials, tribulations and the ever-presence factor of being tested by his small surrounding Hollywood community. I am sadden with the news of his demise.Thank you Don, you were truly a role model and more than just an actor....you were Deputy Fife of Mayberry. May God's rest and peace be with you and your family.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1625: WOW...what a beacon of light! It never fails...I could have had just the worst day ever and SHAZZAM an episode of AG would come on and make me smile. Don Knotts was simply brilliant!

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1626: Should have mentioned the above comments come from Lance M. Burris of Indiana. An avid fan of Andy and Don.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1627: Thank you, I would've liked to have shaken your hand. Believe it or not Barney is one of the reasons that I joined the Sheriff's Department. I hope that you are cracking God up right now!

Danny and Rose, California

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1628: Thanks for the memories and all the great shows.


February 27, 2006 - Msg 1629: Don I just sent you a letter, but I didn't spell real well cause I had tears in my eyes. when I heard the news that you went on glory with all the rest on the grteatest actors it was like I lost my best fried , I never really see or ment you in person, but it was like I knew you all my life . I can recite all of your sayings cause I was a fan, and a true Andy Griffith show watcher I have seen all the shows and got lots of the show sets on dvd. A tear fell on my cheek today and tears fell like rain I love and miss you And cant wate to see toy again . You are now up in heaven with the rest of the cast that has left us. Until we meet again old friend love a devoted fan of you and all the andy griffith cast alive and gone love Jason ... citizan's srrest..

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1630: 'ATTABOY, LUTHER!!!'
Watching you for 46 years has been very 'therapetic'. Thanks for 'inarculating' me with laughter. You've given me a true Barney 'compelsion'...
Hope you see butterflies throughout eternity, forever singing 'The Church in the Wildwood' and 'Good 'Ol 14A' (in tune this time).

Joe, Pearland, TX

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1631: I still watch Andy Griffith every day and done so for the last 15 years. I have loved Don Knotts for every thing he brought to the show. Don Knotts face was made for Barney Fife. Nobody could have replaced him for that character part. He brought out and poked fun at the innermost insecurities inside all of us. As far as I am concerned, he still lives and will live forever!

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1632: I have so many fond memories of watching Don Knotts in Mayberry and will forever carry them in my heart. Thanks for all of the precious memories Mr. Knotts! I hope you sing your heart out in Heaven.....

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1633: Rest in Peace Don, you will definetly be sorely missed. Losing you was like losing a loved one in our family. You were a frequent visitor in our home each time the Andy Griffith Show was aired. Rest in Peace dear heart and thanks for all the laughter!
Melanie D. Gaines and the Gaines' Family Birmingham, Alabama


February 27, 2006 - Msg 1635: You will be missed by West Virginia and all your fans! Thanks for all the laughs. May "Country Roads Take You Home" We Will miss you.

Gary and Dena White Dorcas,WV


February 27, 2006 - Msg 1637: Don, you will truely be missed. I can remember as a kid going done to my grandparents and watching the Andy Griffith show. That was great family entertainment!!! Mayberry must have been a great place to call home! Thanks for keeping the town safe Barney! Kenny Ham Pine City, NY



February 27, 2006 - Msg 1639: "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs".. will always be a favorite episode of mine. Don was such a talented actor. Now I watch with my grandson! And how often I wish I lived in Mayberry!
Marisa Flynn
Santa Clara, CA

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1640: Thank you Mr Knotts for all the years of after school laughter and joy

Jack, Canada

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1641: I grew up with you on TV and your movies....I always adored you!! I couldnt help but smile when I watched you. You will be missed.Thank you for the memories!
K.May, Wilmore,KY

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1642: I have watched the Andy Griffith Show growing up and really enjoyed the episodes with Barney. Don will be missed but you will bring laughter in the heavens above. Thank you for the laughter and memories. Leslie

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1643: Don had a wonderful life , bringing many smiles to everyone face. He lived his life, he will truly be missed, but isnt it wonderful that we still have the shows/that he was on that will keep him alive always.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1644: Don, I will miss you so much! Thank you for being in my favorite TV Show of all time. Because of you and the rest of the characters, I really wanted to live in Mayberry.


February 27, 2006 - Msg 1645: Thank you for all the great memories... you will be remembered forever


February 27, 2006 - Msg 1646: dont forget the steve allen show,,his nervous guy reminded me of me,,,,,,plus his trying to tell andy something but messing it up,,very tough comedy!! the best at his craft.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1647: I just watched one of my favorites "Three Wishes for Opie" where Barney talks about ESP-Extra "Sensitive" Perception....Like another person's comment, I want to live in Mayberry because of Don Knotts and Andy - what wonderful men and what a frienship. I'm sure Andy is grieving, too. We'll miss you Barn!
Janet in Kansas City, MO.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1648: Seeing how upset I was over Barney, my 34 year old son said,"Mom, if I was able to get over J.D. Hogg dying you can get over Barney."

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1649: our loss is heaven's gain, I figure God needed to laugh so he sent for Don, may God Bless his family, and his fans all around the world

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1650: Earnest T. was a nut
Gomer was sweet
But shakey skinny deputy
Can't be beat.

Jerry in Sulphur Springs, TX

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1651: When I heard the news about Don on Saturday, I cried my eyes out. I told my husband I felt like I had lost a close loved one. Don you have truly become a part of my heart and you make me laugh every day. I grew up with Barney Fife, Roy Fleming, Mr. Limpet, Luther Heggs, Mr. Furley and many others. Thank you for making me smile time and time again. I'm glad I got to meet you. God Bless.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1652: This world has lost a rare jewel and Heaven has gained the same. I was able to visit Mt.Airy, N.C. about 2 years ago and loved all the memories displayed there. The area was certainly as peaceful and quaint as I imagine the "real" Mayberry was . I never tire of watching the same Andy/Barney episodes over and over and over---a priceless gift these people gave us and the generations to come. Thankfully, all of us that grew up loving this show are likely passing "the habit" on to our kids---I know I did!

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1653: Don, thanks for making the world a little better place.

Mark in San Francisco, CA

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1654: When I heard the news about Don on Saturday, I cried my eyes out. I told my husband I felt like I had lost a close loved one. Don you have truly become a part of my heart and you make me laugh every day. I grew up with Barney Fife, Roy Fleming, Mr. Limpet, Luther Heggs, Mr. Furley and many others. Thank you for making me smile time and time again. I'm glad I got to meet you. God Bless.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1655: Rest, Barn, job well done!

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1656: Don.....I have been a huge fan of yours probably my whole life, thanks to my father being a fan. He says that Barney Fife is one of THE funniest men alive. You were a comedic genius in my opinion. How you will be truly missed. Keep the heavens smiling Don as only you know how.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1657: As strange as this might be... Over the years the Charachter Barney Fife has been kinda like a friend. By that I mean, I could always turn to that show for some strange kind of comfort, and some kind of source of joy. Don may be in Heaven now, but some day we will meet each other and I can thank him personally. God Bless all who grieve his passing.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1658: Barney, even though you have passed on, you will always be alive in our hearts. you are truely one of the greatest that kept people lauighing. and thanks for reruns of the Andy Griffith Show, we can still laugh with you. THANK YOU BARNEY, You will truely be missed by many. GOD BLESS YOU.


February 27, 2006 - Msg 1660: Thanks for the memories.

Cols, Ohio

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1661: I miss you Barney.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1662: My husband and I watch The Andy Griffith show every day. We watch because no matter how bad our day has been Barney is always able to cheer us. He was such a wonderful comic and I wish his family comfort in this terrible time of grief. Thank you Don, for showing me that there is funny tv without fulgarity.

S. Jett Pinson, AL

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1663: Barney your a favorite and when i heard of your passing i thought of those days on the tv that u made me laugh ill miss u im a young viewer and loved ur show ya ya i know its andys but ur more funny and that counts for more rip cause u rock dude!!!

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1664: At 54 yrs old, I can not remember, ever, a time when I cryed over the lose of a "movie star". The Andy Griffith show provided a program that included a moral in life, and was clean, honest, comedy. How sad, we no longer have this. Thank you Barney and Andy for a wonderful, wonderful, program that to this day is my MOST favorite TV show. It will be difficult to watch the reruns, knowing he is no longer with us. I am crying as I write this. Mr. Griffith, my sincerest sadness over the lost of your best friend. Denise Giroux, Romulus, NY

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1665: I have watched Mr.Knotts in movies and on TV since I was a child. One of the first movies I ever remembering seeing was "The Ghost and Mr.Chicken". But he will always be Barney Fife. Here is a song in his memory:
"We shall meet but we shall miss him
there will be one vacant chair. We will linger to caress him, when we breathe our evening prayer"
REST IN PEACE--10-4 over and out...Liz Roberts in TN

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1666: my wife and i love watching all the reruns. mr knotts is a big part of the reason ron howard is as successful as he is today. one of my wifes favorite phases "nip it in the bud" is a classic don knotts line . thank you very much paula&danny greencastle, indiana

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1667: we just heard about Don's passing...our hearts are heavy with the loss .. he was more than a TV personality.. he was a friend. Our prayers are with his family. Ray & Carole Cape Coral Fl.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1668: My thoughts and prayers go out to Don's family. He will truly be missed by all his fans. There will never be another TV show that will endure like The Andy Griffith Show nor will there ever be another actor like Don Knotts. As I type these words I am reminded of what my daughter said earlier in these archives: Do the tears on your pillow bespeak the pain that is in your heart? Yes, they do. It truly is the end of an era. We love you, Don! God bless your family.

Gary Elrod
Lenoir, NC

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1669: We will miss you Deputy Fife. Thank you for making me laugh and smile each and everyday. M.Blackwell South Carolina

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1670: I MET MR. KNOTTS AND HERE'S HOW: I knew he was coming to Disney World and left a message at the hotel wheer I thought he'd stay; and invited him to the Opie Chapter meeting. I also called the Orlando mayor's office and told them to proclaim that Friday Don Knotts Day in Orlando (they did!). I then called Disney and told them I had a proclamation making it Don Knotts Day and they invited me out to Disney to present it to him at the Chinese Theatre at the Disney/MGM Studios. I then called the Orlando Sentinel and told them I'd be presenting Don Knotts with the proclamation and they asked me to write a story about it. SO... The night before all this, the phone rang about 10 pm. I answered it and I heard 'Hello, is Gary there? This is Don Knotts.' HOLY COW! I thought it was a joke. I said 'Say something Don Knotts would say! He said 'Doggone you, Ernest T. Bass! Put them rocks down!' I was dancing on the bed! What a beautiful, nice man. The story from the meeting and interview is at


If you never met him, you'll be glad to know he was just as nice and warm and friendly as you would hope him to be... Bless you, Mr. Knotts.

Gary McKechnie
Mount Dora, Florida

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1671: Good bless and keep you Don, may you rest in peace.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1672: Nashville, Tennessee, will miss Mayberry, North Carolina's deputy of all deputies. You will never be forgotten. Barn's #1 Fan--Annie

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1673: I can see Don in heaven now dressed in his deputy uniform telling St Peter it is about time we start modernizin this place eletronaly.

Rockhold Ky

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1674: It is amazing to me looking at all the fantastic improvements in video, as well as televisions and sound systems, that have occurred over the past forty years since Andy Griffith came on the scene. Even after all of that, no television program has come remotely close to being as funny or as capable of always kindly capturing the human condition. Watching Andy and Barney makes me feel good about myself giving the promise that as crumby as our entertainment is today and as dangerous as our world is, that I can retreat into a black and white set with a 1961 ford fairlane making a u turn with Goober Pyle yelling Citizens Arrest. This wasn't just good entertainment, it was life, America at its very best. Perhaps the most enduring aspect is the friendship between Barney and Andy. Forever goofy but never reminded of it, forever messing up but never having it thrown back in his face. I am sad but happy to be among that generation of Americans who can guess the episode in five seconds or less. As I pass into old age I shall forever remember the image of Barney coming out of the back room at the Sheriff's office, his swept over hair flopping six inches down his face, with a big lipstick smudge on his face, eyes rolling.

Thanks Don Knotts. America never let you be anyone other than Barney Fife with which you struggled professionally. But I'll bet there is no sitcom character over the past sixty years more beloved. We'll sorely miss you.

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1675: I was completely heartbroken when I heard of his passing. I cannot express my deep sorrow upon hearing this news. He was one of the few that I knew when I watched his work I would laugh. Thank you Mr. Knots for all the laughs and memories

Jackson, TN

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1676: I don't remember being as affected by a celebrity's death as I have been by Mr. Knott's.

Thanks for all the laughs!

Cullman, AL

February 27, 2006 - Msg 1677: The Andy Griffith Show was and still is my favorite all time TV show. I can watch episode after episode without tiring of it. I lived in a very small town much like Mayberry, so I could relate to it and the characters. Believe me, every small town has its share of "town characters". There was one fellow in our town that would always leave his TV on if there was a baseball game on because he hated to turn it off and spoil their fun. It wasn't just Don Knotts that "made" that show....it was the TEAM of Don & Andy that made it, plus all the other cast members. I also feel that between his wonderful caring parents and the cast & crew of Mayberry, is why Ron Howard grew up so level headed and became a much loved and much admired movie director. He still has a lot of "Mayberry" in him.

Farewell dear friend Don/Barney. You may be gone from this earth, but you will live on forever in millions of peoples' hearts!! Thank you for all the fun!!