Andy Griffith reflects on George Lindsey’s death with a lifetime of memories. Lindsey played the role of Goober in both The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D. He died Sunday after a brief illness at the age of 83.
According to a report from Starpulse, Lindsey played the same type of character on the country music show Hee Haw following his stints with Andy Griffith. He continued to perform on Hee Haw until the show’s cancellation in 1993.
Andy Griffith’s memories of his last conversation with Lindsey are no doubt poignant, but at the same time they likely provide a strong sense of peace–the kind that only a dear, old friendship can create.
“George Lindsey was my friend. I had great respect for his talent and his human spirit. In recent years, we spoke often by telephone. Our last conversation was a few days ago… I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our 80s, we were not afraid to say, ‘I love you.’ That was the last thing George and I had to say to each other. ‘I love you,’” Andy Griffith says.
And while the sweetest things in life almost always end with a taste of the bittersweet, the memories of the good times will hopefully be the very last to fade. Can you imagine knowing with confidence that the very last words you spoke to a loved one were, ‘I love you?’ What an amazing gift.
Life is filled with such gifts, but all too often people don’t recognize them or the fact that they’re free for the taking. Andy Griffith and George Lindsey recognized and fully embraced their gifts. What a blessing for Andy Griffith and the others that ‘Goober’ left behind.
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