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Jim Nabors’ portrayal of Pyle created family classics

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Jim Nabors was truly a wonderful actor, comedian and singer. His portrayal of Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Gomer Pyle, USMC” presented comedy “shazam,” caring and a magnificent singing voice.

In this day and age of fast-paced lifestyles and a cellphone in your hands just constantly texting away, it is a comforting thought to know that this old-timer can sit down some nights and watch with my wife, Cathy, a rerun or two of “Andy Griffith” and “Gomer Pyle, USMC.”

Stephen J. Spignesi, author of the 1987 book “Mayberry, My Hometown,” asked: “Jim, if you had to describe Mayberry in a couple of sentences, how would you do it?”

Jim replied simply: “Caring.”

Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle tried to see the good in everyone.

In one episode entitled “The Show Must Go On,” Pfc. Gomer Pyle sings. Jim Nabors’ wonderful singing voice is enjoyed at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. He is accompanied by the U.S. Marine Corps Band.

Mr. Nabors sings “Impossible Dream” on disc 2 of the fourth season of “Gomer Pyle, USMC.” His 1960s singing voice is just tremendous. This song is inspirational and worth listening to. One segment of the song says “to be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cost.”

That signifies to me the military combat and battles the U.S. men and women endured in so many wars — especially World War II. When these soldiers did not return home from battle, their families and friends had to be devastated and heartbroken.

Go to Amazon.com and order the DVDs of “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Gomer Pyle, USMC” and enjoy watching episodes with your family. There are numerous good morals and lessons that can be learned watching these two programs.

There is a great organization in Wilson called the Wally’s Front Porch chapter of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun-Watchers Club. We meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday 10 months out of the year at George and Lynn Boyd’s replica of Wally’s Filling Station. It is located on U.S. 264 Alternate East in Wilson.

We watch “Andy Griffith” reruns and socialize. We have cookouts from time to time, so come and join us for a lot of fun.

May God forever bless Mr. Nabors and his family and friends for providing entertainment to so many fans around the world. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Mark A. Greeson

Wilson

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