Mayberry Memorials
TAGSRWC recently began setting up Memorial areas here on to allow fans and family alike to add thoughts about some of the wonderful actors and crew who made Mayberry a place we all enjoy. Our only regret is that we didn't start this sooner.  You can, however, visit the official web sites of some of our Mayberry friends and see the memorials there. Feel free to add your thoughts or memories about our Mayberry friends.

James BestJuly 26, 1926 - April 6, 2015
 We're tremendously sad about the loss of James Best, beloved in Mayberry as guitar-playing Jim Lindsey and around the world as Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard."

 Here's a link to the page TAGSRWC has posted in his memory:

 We invite you to read more about James and share your thoughts, memories, prayers and well wishes in a memorial to James Best.

Andy GriffithJune 1, 1926 - July 3, 2012
 We are all tremendously saddened by the news of Andy Griffith's passing. The legacy he left the world with his works in entertainment, the arts, and in philanthropy is incalculable. Our grief is really beyond words. We encourage everyone to keep Cindi Griffith, his family, and his close circle of friends in your thoughts and prayers.  

The outpouring of emotions from fans is a testament to the lasting impact of Andy Griffith on lives.  His gift of "Mayberry" to the world has made the world a better place. The Mayberry spirit of love and friendship has brought comfort and joy to so many. We invite you to read more about Andy and share your thoughts, memories, prayers and well wishes in a memorial to Andy Griffith.

Doug DillardMarch 6, 1937 - May 16, 2012
Doug Dillard passed away on Wednesday night 16 May 2012 in Nashville, TN after a lengthy illness. He was 75 years old. Doug was at every Mayberry Days celebration in Mt. Airy, NC from the beginning. He was an amazing banjo player and never failed to entertain the crowds. Fans memories of Doug will include not only his musical skill but also the wonderful smile he shard whenever fans approached.  Read more about Doug and share your thoughts about this man who brought joy to so many people.

George Lindsey by Bart BoatwrightDecember 17, 1928 - May 6, 2012
George Lindsey passed away May 6, 2012. George was a real friend to the fans of "The Andy Griffith Show"--spending time with them at events throughout the years since the "The Andy Griffith Show" ended. Just looking at his "Goober grin" is enough to bring a smile to the face of fans. Read more about George and share your thoughts about this man who brought joy to so many people.

Mitch Jayne by Gary WedemeyerJuly 5, 1928 - August 2, 2010
Mitch Jayne, a Dillards founder and the bass-playing Darling boy, in Mayberry passed away August 2, 2010. Mayberry fans are grateful for his friendship and all the joy & inspiration he brought to people all over the world. Mitch was a master storyteller and humorist as well as as a musician. Read more about Mitch and share your thoughts as well.

Aaron RubenMarch 1, 1914 - January 30, 2010
Aaron Ruben  was producer, story consultant, writer, and director and one of TAGS strongest pillars for the first five seasons. Other than Andy Griffith himself, no one was more crucial behind the scenes in guiding and shaping 'The Andy Griffith Show' during its first five seasons. Please take a moment to read this article about Aaron is from the October 3, 1995, issue of The Bullet.

Earle HagenJuly 7, 1919 - May 26, 2008
Earle Hagen the Emmy Award-winning television composer who wrote the memorable theme music for “The Andy Griffith Show,” "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "I Spy" and other classic TV programs. Please share your memories, thoughts and well wishes at the Earle Hagen Memorial Page.

Don Knotts 1924-2006July 21, 1924 - Feburary 24, 2006
Don Knotts passed away on Friday February 24, 2006 of pulmonary and respiratory problems. He was 81. Thank you, Mr. Knotts, for always bringing a smile to our faces. Please share your memories and well wishes at the Don Knotts Memorial Page here at

Please take a moment to read some very heartfelt memories of Don presented by is longtime friend, Mr. Al Checco.  They met during World War II and we're sure you'll enjoy his memories.

Harvey Bullock June 4, 1921 – April 23, 2006
TAGS writer (31 episodes) Harvey Bullock passed away on April 23, 2006.  Harvey was a friend to Mayberry fans everywhere and he will be missed. Please take a moment to read about Harvey and possiblly share a memory or two about this wonderful man. You might also want to visit our Ask the Writer section that features Harvey's answers to questions from fans.

Howard Morris September 4, 1919 – May 21, 2005
Howard Morris passed away on May 21, 2005.  He is, of course, best remembered by Mayberry fans as Ernest T. Bass.  His son, David Morris, had this to say about Howard's time on The Andy Griffith Show, "He appeared in only five episodes. Regardless, he made a permanent impression on so many people, and was always amazed by and grateful for all of the love and support his fans gave to him."  You can read comments and share memories about Howard on his "Memories" page located on his official website,

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