Andy Griffith – Dead at 86

Posted by Don Moore on July 3, 2012 at 10:31 am under Audio, Video | 6 Comments to Read

Andy Griffith has passed away at age 86 at his home at the North Carolina Outer Banks. As much as anyone else every could be, Andy was NORTH CAROLINA. He was from Mount Airy. He attended UNC-CH. While his personal life and personality were much different that his public life – he shined as a Tar Heel. One of his most famous skits of his explanation of football.

  • Bob Lowe said,

    RIP Andy G/Thanks for posting Andy D!

  • Andy Durham said,

    Andy was like an emblem or a symbol of our state….A true icon. I was just watching Matlock back on Sunday and I think I liked Matlock better than the Andy Griffith Show…..He was one of a kind and a great TV dad…Robbie from My Three Sons just died last week and many of our favorites are now checking out….

    There is now only Andy left to carry on….Poor Moses dead and gone, left me here to sing his song, pretty little girl with the red dress on, Poor Moses dead and gone….Heard that a few years ago and has a nice ring to it’s ending….

  • Andy Durham said,

    BTW, I loved “What It Was Was Football’….They used to always play it at halftime of the first N.C. State football game each year with Wally Ausley and Gary Dornberg…Great piece…

  • Andy Durham said,

    Maybe that tune should be saying “Poor Otis dead and gone”, as in Otis Redding and it would also Andy well in it could take in Otis Campbell and that would make it even more relavent……Andy, Otis, Ernest T. Bass, Barney, Helen, Thelma Lou, Goober, Gomer, Emmit and Howard and you can’t forget Opie and Aunt Bea…..That was quite a crowd……

  • Charlie Pannell said,

    My mother and dad were classmates and friends of Andy at UNC-Chapel Hill. Andy started his carrer in the Playmakers and choir at Carolina.My dad purchased a small building at 4811 West Market Street in 1969 which he converted into his insurance office. The place had been a AM Radio station and recording studio at one time. That was the location where Andy recorded “What It Was Was Football” for the first time. Andy made the movie “No Time For Sargents” in which Don Knotts played a small part. His next movie was “A Face In The Crowd” where he played a guy called Lonesome Roads who was a complete reversal of the Andy Griffith good guy character.
    He will be missed by this family — but live on in our hearts—- Thank goodness for video tapes,DVD’s and reruns. Bless you Andy — We know you are up there with some of the Dillards singing in that angel band.
    PS — The location of that little radio station is still 4811 W. Market but it is now a parking lot for Taco Bell.
    Thanks Andy– Charlie Pannell

  • Gfan said,

    Sorry Andy D. but nothing tops the AGS. I did like Matlock however. Andy G was great and did represent NC well (except maybe for his politics). Those AGS’s will live on forever with great life lessons for all of us. The shows are truely timeless classics.

    My only real world tie with this show was my college roommate who was a neighbor to Aunt Bea in Siler City but I can relate to many of the characters on the show, growing up in a small town.

    A sad day for all of us. Rest in peace Ange.