Actor George 'Goober' Lindsey Gone at 83

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Kathryn E. Darden
May 6, 2012
George "Goober" Lindsey with Christian Activities publisher Kathryn E. Darden

Actor George Lindsey, 83, who played Goober Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show," died today after a long illness. I was privileged to count him among my friends. George Lindsey was born December 17, 1928, in Alabama, and he died May 6, 2012 in Nashville, TN.

Andy Griffith had this to say about the loss of his friend:

“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.’

“George often told me his fondest memories of his life in show business were the years he spent working on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and ‘Mayberry R.F.D.’ They were for me, too.”

Visitation for George Lindsey will take place in Nashville on May 11, and his burial will take place in Alabama on May 12.

Christian Activities looks back at some of our past articles about this beloved actor and man, best known as Goober Pyle (Beasley) from "The Andy Griffith Show," starting with this video of George Lindsey shot on Dec. 9, 2011. Read the complete George Lindsey obituary HERE.

More George Lindsey Articles:

11th Annual George Lindsey UNA Film Festival

George Lindsey - One for the (Scrap)Books

Liars & Legends: The Book by George Lindsey

Find Me a Man Like Goober

2006 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival

Mayberry in the Midwest I Shines!

A Touch of Mayberry Comes to Nashville

Thoughts on Goober

George Lindsey on the Secret of a Long Life - Article

George Lindsey Obituary

George Lindsey Videos

George Lindsey on the Secret of a Long Life - Video

George Lindsey on Mayberry