Monday, February 27, 2006

Goodbye, Barney, You Will Be Missed

Don Knotts, aka Barney Fife, passed away this past Friday at the age of 81. And with him goes a little piece of my childhood. I, like many others of you I'm sure, grew up watching the Andy Griffith Show and Barney was always the real star of the show. This photo was taken in 2001 in Knoxville at the Mayberry Reunion held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. I was fortunate enough to meet many of the stars of the show over the three days we covered the event, even spending a couple of hours in a pub with Betty Lynn who played Thelma Lou and Maggie Peterson, better known as Charlene Darling. But Barney was, as always, the show stopper. Barney, you will be missed. Check out all things Mayberry at


OUWxGirl said...

When I heard about that I was SOOO sad. Even though I'm 26, I too grew up on the Andy Griffith show. It's one of those shows that's never been out of reruns. Anyhoo, it's probably one of my favorite shows of all time, and Don Knotts was amazing. He was great in all the stuff he did. Even Mr. Furley on Three's Company. Loved that show.

That's really amazing you got to meet them. I'm sure it's something you'll never forget.

He will be greatly missed.

KK Edgil-Hargett said...

You have to love Barney! Without a doubt he was the best! I met him too in Birmingham, we shared an elevator, he was so nice!