Andy Griffith found his Mayberry
Editor, the Advocate:
I knew Andy Griffith only by his screen persona and I have no idea what the real-life man was like.
But, as the wise and kindly sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry, N.C., he left us a legacy of warm summer days whistling our way to the fishin' hole, lazy evenings on the front porch and potluck suppers at the social hall.
Oh, the rich and lovable characters that surrounded him: Barney and Aunt Bea and Gomer and Goober and Floyd the barber and Howard the town clerk and Otis, the town drunk ... how we loved them. But most of all, there was Andy, who always had a country grin on his face and the answer to any problem.
Andy made us all wish we lived in that kind of town, with our bare feet in the creek, change in our pocket for the soda fountain and a warm greeting from everyone we passed in town.
On Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at the age of 86, Andy Griffith passed from this life and found his Mayberry.
Rest in peace, sheriff, and may God bless you.
Jim Bishop, Victoria