Andy Griffith’s Widow to Raze His Home

[updated Dec. 2, 2013] The widow of actor Andy Griffith has demolished the house where he lived for many years on the North Carolina waterfront, ensuring that the site will never be used for an Andy Griffith museum, as the actor may have envisaged. Cindi Griffith obtained a demolition permit for the Dare County home in March; the house was torn down in late May, according to county planning director Donna Creef.  The house was on Roanoke Island, near Manteo, …

Bye Now, Andy. Y’All Take Care, Y’Hear?

Jim “Gomer Pyle” Nabors, who owed his entire career to Andy Griffith, once told me about the first time the two ever met,  after Andy had seen his nightclub act in the early 1960s. “I don’t know what you do,” Andy told the young singer-comedian. “But you do it very well.” For Andy Griffith, who died July 3 at age 86, there may have a level of self-recognition in that observation. Ten years earlier, Andy himself had exploded into the …