Condolences to Goober Pyle, may he RIP

Normally I don’t keep up with celebrities, but every now and then, an Icon passes worthy of remembrance. Anyone that grew up in America in the 1960’s, no doubt remembers Goober. Sadly, it is time to bid him farewell.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Lindsey, who spent nearly 30 years as the grinning Goober on “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Hee Haw,” has died. He was 83.

A press release from Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville said Lindsay died early Sunday morning after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements were still being made.

Lindsey was the beanie-wearing Goober on “The Andy Griffith Show” from 1964 to 1968 and its successor, “Mayberry RFD,” from 1968 to 1971. He played the same jovial character — a service station attendant — on “Hee Haw” from 1971 until it went out of production in 1993.

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6 responses to “Condolences to Goober Pyle, may he RIP

    • He was a star when the characters were clean, and the whole family could join in and laugh together. Gomer, Goober, Barney, Festus (Gunsmoke), and similar actors were satellite characters in a way, but without them, the shows would have lost a lot of their charm. I doubt if many of the young people today even know who he was. Sad, in a way.


  1. >Normally I don’t keep up with celebrities, but every now and then, an Icon passes worthy of remembrance.
    – True. Through their professional lives, they become part of our personal lives. When they pass away, we feel like we’ve lost a friend. To date, I have been most affected by the deaths of Peter Jennings and Lady Diana.

    I did not know George Lindsey in any of his avatars, but ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ is referenced quite often.

    Hope you’re making the folks upstairs smile now, Mr.Goober Pyle.



    • Good Morning Kate,

      Poor Goober, but I’d say 83 years is a respectable life-time… so much more than many people get, and then he left the legacy of humor behind, so hopefully, he’s carried that trait on into the next world. As for Peter Jennings… yes a great loss. Dianna, however gets a spotlight of her own. She should be sainted for her kindness and humanity to others. She could have partied her life away, or lived the life of luxury, never caring about those around her, but instead used her position to bring attention to the plight of so many less fortunate than herself… that is why the world loved her (my self included), no doubt. May they all RIP. As for you, my dear … have a wonderful week! Marcy


    • Poor Goober, it is sad. I felt he was worth acknowledging for the joy he brought to us when he was with us. I hope he will RIP. Thanks for stopping by, Erin. 🙂


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