Sad Day in the South

July 3, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen –

Some of my northern readers may think due to the title of this article that I am about to write a political discourse about Independence Day. I’m not

It’s a sad day today in the South because North Carolina’s Favorite Son, the Pride of the South and Mayberry’s Greatest Sherriff Andy Griffith passed away this morning.

No I didn’t know him, at least not “really” and I never had the pleasure of meeting him.

But I still feel like I lost a dear friend

Some of you may feel just like me at least I hope you do

There will never be another Andy Griffith or an Andy Griffith Show, ever.

The Andy Griffith Show

Did you hear the whistling theme song in your head when you read those words?

I just bought the first five seasons of the program from Best Buy several months ago

Best thing I have purchased in years

Andy and Barney

The program would show them all going to Church, but it didn’t push religion.

They would laugh at each other without being vulgar, cruel or nasty.

There wasn’t any cussing, nudity or off color jokes or sexually suggestive innuendos.

They ate Sunday supper together

The program had lessons in life that I wished more people paid attention to

There was friendship and honor above all else

It was pure South…………

Unashamedly South without making us all look dumb as a box of doorknobs

And the humor in that program hasn’t been matched on television in a very long time

If ever.

The humor from that program is timeless.

Some of us grew up watching Andy and Barney in Mayberry North Carolina and like me…..

Some of us still do watch it and laugh just as hard now as we did the first hundred times we saw the particular episode.

But Andy was more than just Sherriff Andy Taylor…..

He was a great actor, an accomplished musician and singer and one heck of a funny guy

His brand of humor set an example for us

You don’t have to be nasty and vulgar to be funny and you can make fun of yourself and still be funny

I try and remember Andy’s example when I write my little column

Because I can hear his voice sometimes when I write….

There is so much more I could write about Andy Griffith

But I will simply say this….

Gosh I’m a going to miss Andy

One of my favorite things Andy Griffith ever did was on a comedy album…..

It’s called “What it was, was Football”

It still makes me laugh; I hope you enjoy it too.

God Bless you Andy and thank you for the memories



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2 Responses to Sad Day in the South

  1. Deke on July 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

    You capture the feelings of many of us who grew up in “Mayberry”

  2. Kaye on July 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I remember! And I also remember “What it was was Football”.

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