George Lindsey, who played "Goober" for 5 years on "The Andy Griffith Show", set in the idyllic hamlet of Mayberry, North Carolina. passed away today at age 83. Goober reprised his role for the Television Variety Show "Hee Haw".
Andy Griffith said today:
"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. We would talk about our health, how much we missed our friends who passed before us and usually about something funny.
I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our eighties, 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.'"