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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The agenda for Monday’s Pender County Commission includes time devoted to a TV icon. The first item on the agenda is "Tribute to North Carolinian and Actor Andy Griffith."

According to the agenda, Commissioner David Williams requested five minutes for the item as part of the meeting’s public information section. The text of the tribute it below.

The Pender County Commission meeting starts at 4 p.m. Monday in the public assembly room in Burgaw.

DATE OF MEETING:  July 23, 2012

REQUESTED BY:  David Williams, Pender County Commissioner

SHORT TITLE:  Tribute to Andy Griffith

BACKGROUND:   Andy Griffith, a North Carolinian and actor who will always be best remembered for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor, died July 3 at his home in Manteo.  His TV network show was first aired from October 1960 to April 1968.  Still popular and loved, broadcasts of the program by individual TV channels continue all over America to this day.

Andy was sheriff in the fictional town of Mayberry, NC, a sleepy little town populated by a host of memorable characters that endeared themselves to the audience for their personalities and the humorous predicaments that happened to them. It was usually up to Andy Griffith, as Sheriff Taylor, to resolve the problem using his level headed common sense approach to life.  He played a kind natured man, a widower and single parent, raising his good hearted little boy, Opie. He was helped by his spinster Aunt Bee who kept the kitchen hearth warm and provided the motherly touch. This sheriff never needed, nor carried, a gun to maintain law and order.

As a father to son Opie, Andy’s parenting skills were constantly tested and found to be as wise as they were loving, but firm.  Andy also played the straight man to the bumbling, nervous and self-important Deputy Barney Fife, played by Don Knotts.  Andy repeatedly extracted Barney from hilarious situations. A host of other simple-minded, heart-warming and endearing Mayberry citizens also set up story plots where Andy would come to the rescue, resulting in life lessons. The show even spawned a Bible study of personal values developed around the TV episodes.

These are lessons of old fashioned family values and basic morality. They include doing the right thing, honesty is the best policy, showing love and respect for one another, and the error of jumping to quick conclusions by prejudging others.  Another frequent theme was taking responsibility for your own actions by facing and dealing with the consequences of your choices.  Other themes found in the TV show include considering others before yourself, the value of friendships, the wisdom of choosing your battles, the prudence of using wisdom over force, unconditional acceptance of others, and the power of forgiveness.

These are lessons which are not really old fashioned at all in the sense of being out-of-date. They are critically needed today for developing character and integrity for the young and old alike. These are values which can help people find satisfaction and success within your own heart despite difficult and challenging circumstances that may come your way.  We salute the memory of Andy Griffith and may the lessons of Mayberry live and grow in this and future generations.  

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9 Comments on "Pender Co. Commission to pay tribute to Andy Griffith"

2015 years 9 months ago

I have not seen mention anywhere that Andy got his start in The Lost Colony. I wonder why.

2015 years 9 months ago


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2015 years 9 months ago

Gotta CHIP on your shoulder about good wholesome TV shows of yesteryear 666? Sounds like a HUGE piece of tree bark to me. No doubt…you are a piece of work, but will never get past Quality Control. That fictional wood shed you mention…that never even came to pass on the Andy Griffith show…did it? Maybe your Daddy escorted you once too many times to that shed :-(
You’ve lost light of the article showing respect to a fine entertainer within the industry. My favorite of his was “No Time for Sergeants” from 1958.
Stick to your sleazy style TV shows that are offered in huge staggering amounts on TV of today. If you like Vampires/Cop Shows/and slasher type entertainment…or half wit comedies that have over bearing laugh tracks dubbed in.
Most importantly…when the star of one of these present day TV shows gets in trouble with the law/runs their mouth once too many, as if they are above anyone else within civilization (Charlie Sheen’s flop of a show…”Anger Management” anyone?)…then they become more popular then ever before in the eyes of the public, whether the public even cares or not…the media crams it our way.
So be it…it’s usually worth ignoring anyway to watch a has-been entertainer lose their morals due to problems they bring upon themselves they can’t resolve.
But…..”The show must go on” down to The Fishin’ Hole!
For Otis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL9TunUh_bw&feature=related

2015 years 9 months ago

Wow!…good job commissioner…way to pull up an entirely fictional show and attempt to give it some footing in reality.People watch TV for entertainment, not to get their morality. Also, what bearing does the creation of a bible study have on anything. I was under the impression that people wasted their time on praying without the help of an episode of Andy Griffith. But you’re right, we should go back to the times when we were told by the sherrif to take our kids out to the woodshed and beat them and to treat minorities as second-class citizens. Oh, wait…we live in NC…that still happens…

2015 years 9 months ago

..Africa where most of those “minorities” came from. Go see first hand how they treat their OWN! Look at the genocide of their own people, look at the tribal murders and eradication, the child murders, rapes of the women, the mutilating castration of women. This is only a partial list of those horrors.

After you get an eyeful and a basic understanding as to what has been going on in Africa (and other nations for that matter), you may learn to appreciate North Carolina without such a disparaging attitude. If that doesn’t work for you, you can simply leave and make the rest of us happy!

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 9 months ago

Why are you worried about people wasting time praying? Couldn’t take much more time than the waste of time posting your stupid drivel.

2015 years 9 months ago

I have always wondered if Andy was ever able to hook-up with Miss Krump. She was HOT!

Wilmington Observer
2015 years 9 months ago

How is this relevant to the job of conducting the county’s business. This is not the proper forum to relive your childhood.

Wilmington Observer

just sayin
2015 years 9 months ago

Mr. Williams should tribute otis the drunkard.

Sheriff Smith of Pender County should give Mr. Williams the keys to the county jail as in the good ol boy tv show.

analyze sheriff Andy Taylor

he truely abused the power of sheriff.

just sayin!


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