The reason Mayberry was so real to so many is that we had lived and grown up in places like it. We knew a Barney, Aunt Bea, and Otis. Been to a barber shop like Floyd's. Knew Goober.
But Andy's greatest gift to North Carolina and the rest of the south was the positive face that he put on the small town south in a very difficult time in our history. He allowed the rest of the country to see the better angels of our nature in a time of George Wallace , Strom Thurman and Bull Conner.
Thank you Andy and God bless.