October 24, 2013 - Msg 95111: Just got thru watching the video Rev posted on his facebook site of his daughters wedding. It's just kind of a condensed version, but man, what a tear-jerker. Maybe it wouldn't seem so had I watched it when he first posted it in September, (I think the wedding was in May), but I just now watched it for the first time, and when you see something like that, knowing that he is gone now, well... I was a goner by the first 5 seconds. I can't help but think, as devastated as his family is right now, hopefully it will be of some comfort that Rev got to see Erica married. I know when my own dad died (at age 56), it was a small comfort knowing that he had been there for all 3 of his children's weddings, and the birth of his 4 grandchildren. Small comfort, I know. They've got a long road ahead of them, Bless their hearts.
- Hazel

October 24, 2013 - Msg 95112: For crying out loud. I swept?

October 24, 2013 - Msg 95113: and then I had the nerve to use "extra" spaces? Oh, brother.

October 24, 2013 - Msg 95114: I'm thinkin' REV would of liked us to keep a clean porch....Cleanliness is next to godliness is what I was taught...Sometimes it's good to cry out loud Hazel especially now....
Thanks TOM for the poem...I was worried, we had not heard from you for awhile....


October 24, 2013 - Msg 95115: Such a beautiful poem Tom. I tried to watch the wedding video but couldn't make it through. It still doesn't seem right that he's gone. But what a blessing that we know where he is and we have the promise that we will see him one day. That old hymn How Beautiful Heaven Must Be is running in my mind now. His bless his sweet family. Much love and prayers to you all-Salty Dog

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95116:
For those of you not on facebook, Rocky's family has announced that Rocky's funeral ceremony will be taped and posted in a week or so. And also, they said his CDs will still be available.
I am also praying for our SPot, as I'm sure this whole week has brought up memories for him.
I still keep asking "why?", but I know that someday
we'll know. 10-4 Rocky.

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95117: I'm not sure I'll be able to view that video of his funeral. I think I'd rather keep my last memories of him, as he sat at the end of my kitchen table and reached for one more dollop of cream for his strawberry shortcake! I'll think of him out on the driveway with Eloise's husband, Jerry, as they tried to finish cooking the hamburgers on a grill that was running out of gas. I'll remember him taking over and finishing the connection on a low-voltage light in my back yard, when my old fingers lacked the strength to close the clamp. Most of all, I'll remember our long conversation in my living room after the family left. We discussed the porch, family, friends, and the wonders of God's influence on our lives. I'll remember him saying, as he got out of my car at the motor home - "See ya next year!" We have all lost a dear and precious friend, a brother. --Romeena

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95118: What a wonderful memory you have of Rocky Ro. I would agree. Keep that last meeting with him, that was so recent, fresh in your mind. I am so glad you had the blessing of spending some time with him before he was called home.
And how wonderful it is to see Hazel, Salty Dog, and New Neighbor check in. I hope you all know how much you are missed. I hope you will stick around. We need you. :)


October 25, 2013 - Msg 95119: I just wanted to take a moment to say how sad I am to hear of Rev's paying. He is the second Mayberry friend I've lost in the last few weeks. I think this should remind us all to cherish the time we have with one another. Rev will be missed, as will Trish Parker (aka- Emma), and NEVER forgotten. We shall meet but we will miss you. - Floyd

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95120: Amen, Floyd.


October 25, 2013 - Msg 95121: Hi All
G F I where you are getting hit by some snow . will you
just keep it right there.


October 25, 2013 - Msg 95122: Yes, TOM Cleveland got hit by mostly "Lake effect" snow. I did not get any down my way yet.
While we are on the subject of Cleveland, on the 2nd my buddie & I are going to Cleveland for "Goulardifest" a week-end where everyone gets together to remember Cleveland's late night movie hosts...Goulardi and Big Chuck & Hoolihan. Even Tim Conway will be there, if you remember he was from Cleveland and worked with those guys at Channel 8, also Dick Goddard is going to be there too. Glad to see ya posting again, I was worried you gave up on being the Sgt. of the porch.
This means Asa & I still have to behave?....Rats!!
Not meaning to joke, but it has been a tough week here on the porch, just trying to lighten our loads here a little bit.....


October 25, 2013 - Msg 95123:
Romeena, you are such a lucky lady to have not only met Rev in person, but also got to know him on a personal level.
I can also understand how you feel about not wanting to watch the video of the funeral service. After both of my parents passed on, I created a photo collage that illustrated their lives, including their funeral wakes. But each time I viewed the collage, I would always feel sad. But after I removed the wake photos, now I enjoy viewing the collage on a daily basis because it makes me smile.
Here is another thing I did that helps with remembering the good times. Shortly after my parents passed on, I created a journal to write down everything I remember about them. This included such things as their likes and dislikes, the times we shared together, the funny incidents, etc. Now I will never forget the times we shared. To cherish your memories with Rev, transcribe them.

TOM, once again, thank you for posting that poem to help us during this sad time.

MDC, thanks for the update about Rev for those of us who are not on Facebook. I'm surprised the family does not post this information on one of the public web sites like http://www.rockymorris.com/ where no one is excluded from accessing.

Floyd, thanks for your kind remarks about our Rev. And my condolences to you on the passing of your other Mayberry friend Emma.

from Poor Horatio

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95124: Well, porch friends it is about 2 pm est and about time for Rocky's memorial service to begin. I thought I would stop by the porch and just sit quietly. Praying for his lovely precious family and hoping they will be given comfort and peace today.
Prayers and blessings for al my friends on the porch as well.
We are all better and blessed to be a part of this place and to of known such a good and faithful servant such as our Rev.
Big Maudef

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95125: For those that are "old timers" here at the Porch, Emma (Trish Parker) was one of the first here back on the original version of the Taylor's Front Porch. Emma was, like Rev, a wonderful person and a "Front Porch Setter" for years. --Floyd

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95126: Just below is a copy of Emma's fist post here on this version of The Taylor's Front Porch:
May 03, 2001 Msg #67: Well, a little bird told me the Front Porch was back..and it sure looks like it to me. Thanks Allan! The Taylors Front Porch was the first place I ever visited back in '97 when I first got my computer and got online. Sure is nice to see it again. -Emma ("WEELLL...if it ain't DADDY LONGLEGS!")

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95127: Floyd, thanks for posting Emma's first posting (2001) at your version of The Front Porch. I noticed she mentions joining the earlier version of the Front Porch back in 1997. Well I have a surprise. I have done more searching on the internet and found a few select Front Porch pages from the late 1990's. Below is the earliest posting I could find from Emma:

April 10, 1997 - Msg 7800: Hey to the porch today! Some of my oft used quotes are "You beat everthang you know, that?" and "Don't under estimate your contribution" and "Nip it" and "Wonder what causes that?" and I could just go on, but I'll quit. I've noticed since I've met you nice people my TAGS vocabulary has expanded and is used more often each day. You all must bring out the best in me! Good Thursday to everybody! Emma Watson

I have found nine other Front Porch pages from between 1997 and 2000. I will ask Floyd if he would like to add them to the archives.

from Poor Horatio

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95128:
I searched through my archives to look for Rev's first posting. But it was a little confusing. It turns out I discovered that a Rev.Jr. and a Rev were both posting back in 2005. And what made it more confusing is that they are both from South Carolina!
Well further investigation revealed that Rev.Jr.'s last name is Lynch, so Rev must be our Rocky. Here are Rocky's first two postings on The Front Porch.

November 28, 2005 - Msg 31802: It sure seems like some good folks here. I unsually don't post anything but I do enjoy reading. Be blessed to all.

November 29, 2005 - Msg 31875: Trust that all had a blessed day.

from Poor Horatio

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95129: Poor Horatio, Thank you for letting me know about the archives from the old porch you found. I added them to our archive section. The "old" porch didn't archive itself like this version does so I don't believe complete archives of the original exist but it's great to find any bits that we can archive. --Floyd

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95130: Hello, what are the words that some of the Mayberry residents use in regards to not talk about a subject? It sounds like "take a lock" or "pick a lock". They then motion to their lips as to zip them shut.

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95131: "tic a lock"

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95132: I think I started on the porch in around 2000. The only thing I remember about Emma is that when I first asked if I could use the name "Emma", I was told it was already used. I post as Emma Brand on about 5 or 6 other Mayberry boards, but I wasn't able to do it here, because there was already an Emma. So I chose "Hazel". She sounds like she was really a sweet person.
I can't help but think, Romeena, that you probably have the best "final" memories of Rev. He was with you, what, 2 days before he died? Was your church the last one he played at? I hope you're able to get in touch with his wife and daughter, and share some memories. They would probably really find comfort in that.
- Hazel

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95133: Oh, I missed you, # 95130. Yeah, they said "Tick a Lock!"
- Hazel

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95134: Good evening, porch. Yes, Hazel, he was here Thursday and Friday, left sometime Saturday, driving to Shreveport. I believe he had a concert there in a Cowboy church on Sunday morning. I don't know if he gave that concert or not, because I have no details of the events surrounding his death. So it is possible that the concert he gave for our church was his last. If not, it was certainly the next thing to it.

As I'm sitting here at my desk, next to my big old window, I can see the little colored globe light he installed for me, on the edge of a flowerbed about twenty feet out from the window. Every time I see that little globe softly glowing, the words of a song from my childhood come to my mind - "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine." I can't help but think how true that was of Rocky. Everywhere he went, he let his "little light shine." You could not be with him for more than five minutes without hearing some reference to Jesus' love, or how good God is, or just trusting God.

I have written a letter to his wife, have not mailed it yet. It's lengthy, and she is going to be very, very tired for a while. Also, I'm giving myself time for my thoughts and memories to come together, so as not to leave anything out. I never, ever want to intrude on her or cause her any pain, but as you said, I do have some memories of sweet things he did, and fun he was having, and it might help her a little later to hear of those things. I know I blessed to be with my husband every minute, right up to the minute he put his head back on the sofa, passed through a seizure, and died. I was kneeling beside him, looking into his eyes and talking to him, when his spirit left him and I knew it. I have good memories of him going about his life, days and hours and minutes before his death. I can only draw from that, that Nancy might appreciate having some insight into some of Rocky's thoughts and activities shortly before he left this life. I'm sorry he couldn't have been sharing that time with her, but maybe it will help her to know that he was with friends, seemed to be having a good time, and was, as usual, talking about the Lord.

To know him was to love him. Everybody did. --Romeena

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95135: I just read this profound quote in "Guideposts" magazine:

"Friendship is God loving us through someone else."

I think that's the best description of Rocky I can think of. --Romeena

October 25, 2013 - Msg 95136: Yep Romeena, That quote about say's it all...Thanks!.....G-F

October 26, 2013 - Msg 95137:
This has been quite a week for us all, and I think it has been really great that we really tried to kept our posts about Rocky thru his service today out of
respect and of grief as well. I will sure miss his emails, FB posts and his "Jesus loves you" sign-offs here, but I believe that he would also want us to allow life to go on.
G-F sort of mentioned that above, and an obvious
visitor today just wanted to know about "tick a lock",
so I am going to try it a bit also, but one more time I'd like to say to RO 'thank you' for sharing
your recollection of his last few days.
That is so very special.
And thanks to PH for his looking up thiose posts. Yes, we did have a REv JR here for a while. I think he was the son of a pastor. love

October 26, 2013 - Msg 95138: Here's the latest post from Rocky's FB page:
UPDATE: The Home-going Service was a beautiful celebration of the life and ministry of Rocky Morris. All the words that were spoken and the songs that were done lifted everyone's heart. The message brought forth was that of Rocky's song "Get On Board!" The family sends their sincere thanks to all those who attended from several states. They send their love and appreciation for all the cards, flowers, gifts, and emails...it has truly been overwhelming. Rocky will truly be missed, but we feel his love still with us and his ministry will go on through his family and friends around the world. There will be a video available soon...just keep checking and we will announce when it is ready. Love to all

October 26, 2013 - Msg 95139: PH,I remember Rev Jr. He was from the Pee Dee area of SC and as I recall,he was in the BBQ sauce business. Wonder what happened to him?
Our Rev ,Rocky Morris was from a little town in western SC called Prosperity. I had a special bond with him,us being the only South Carolinians on the porch. I will miss that.
Y'all have a blessed day-love to all!

possum under a rock

October 26, 2013 - Msg 95140:
Private: "Gomer, I think you got that Sarge a little sore at ya."
Gomer: "I sure hope not. He's a nice feller, but he is a might touchy. But
that could be 'cause he's got an ingrown toenail or he coulda' had his hair
cut this-mornin' and them little hairs is ticklin' his neck - ya never know
what makes a man edgy."

October 26, 2013 - Msg 95141: Is James Best a.k.a. Jim Lindsey really playing guitar in the first season titles the guitar player and return of the guitar player?

October 26, 2013 - Msg 95142: Ro, I don't think you have ever shared your final moments with Dale with us. Broke my heart. So thankful that you were with him at that time, though. To be with someone, especially someone you love as their soul leaves this world is a sacred thing. It is a gift.


October 26, 2013 - Msg 95143:
Romeena, that was a very touching story about your last moments with Dale. I'm sure it was very comforting to Dale knowing that you were by his side at the end of your lives together, just like at your wedding at the beginning of your lives together. May Dale RIP.

possum, you have a great memory. Yes Rev.Jr. was selling BBQ sauce that was created from his father's secret recipe. And yes his father was also a minister who traveled around to fill in at churches that didn't have a pastor. Rev.Jr. also mentioned that he lived in Florence SC (which is about 115 miles from Rev's hometown of Prosperity). And when I visited his BBQ web site, it had an old copyright of 2007.

Hazel, so glad to see you posting here. Too bad it was under such sad circumstances.

To whomever posted Msg 95141, since I play and have taught the guitar, it was quite obvious to me that the finger movements were not in their proper positions with the music. Therefore I believe James Best was not playing the music we heard.

from Poor Horatio

October 26, 2013 - Msg 95144: Well gang let me get logged in here at work..possum you do have a great memory..hay Romeena,hazel,G-F,Tom,Boo...and yes I recomend all to go to Rockys web page..and if you are FB members his FB page also...ok let me get started for the night...supper?...peace ...SPOT

October 26, 2013 - Msg 95145:
Hey Folks

I gotta say I'm a bit wobbly sitting here after reading the news about Rev. I can't tell ya how often his words have popped into my head, especially since the situation here developed. He was such a good man. I never met him in person but just knowing guys like him were out there was comforting. I'm not sure why I even dropped by here tonight. It doesn't matter I guess.

Rev-Praying for your family and friends buddy. I know you're just fine. Peace.


October 26, 2013 - Msg 95146:

Rest In Peace

Rocky Morris aka Rev

June 25, 1959 - October 20, 2013

from Poor Horatio

October 26, 2013 - Msg 95147: Good evening, porch. I don't know much about the guitar, and never noticed the finger movements not matching, but I do know you don't get steel guitar slides and swings out of an acoustic guitar. Made for a good story, though.

Yes, Boo and PH, I'm glad I was with my Dale in those last moments. It was unbelievably hard, but I can at least hope that it made that brief time a little easier for him. I started keeping a journal three weeks after he passed, just to unburden my own soul at first, and I kept it for several years with that perspective in mind. A few years ago I realized that it might offer some help to others in their own loss, so I've been filling it out some, and extending it into the years of healing and acceptance. It has become a small book, and is almost finished. I've checked into publishing it through Guidepostss "Inspiring Voices" branch. After reading an excerpt from it, they said they would be willing to publish it, so that may happen. We'll see.

I do so wish I had gotten on Facebook about two weeks ago. Since I just got on it in the last few days, I guess I don't have access to REV's Facebook page. Do I? Wish I did. I still have a great deal to learn about Facebook.

I was supposed to go to a grandson's baseball games tonight, one at six and one at eight, but I just didn't feel like going, so stayed home. I'm glad I did. I guess they played the first game, but the second one either never started or for sure got rained out, because it's pouring out there right now. They were playing in Grand Prairie, which borders Irving on the southwest, so I'm sure they're getting hammered as well. This looks pretty general.

I will never understand low voltage lights. They can be so bloomin' finicky, let a drop of water or a bit of fingerprint oil get on a bulb and it will blow, just blacken itself. Fail to seat the base of the bulb just right, and it won't work. Any little thing, and they have a tantrum and go out. On the other hand, picture this: There's a fixture out there on the edge of the rose island. It was positioned to shine up into a particular rose bush, a very prolific bloomer, and at night I could see the roses. Apparently, Eddie's helper stepped on the light last week, because I found it all flopped over on its back, its lens cracked, its little tiltable positioning connection broken, with the wire that passes through that connection exposed and twisted, insulation broken. I figured it was a goner, but left it where it was until I can get another one to replace it. I should have disconnected it and tossed it, but was tired and just came in the house. Well, earlier tonight I noticed that the silly thing was lit up! Who knew, with it so badly damaged? Just now, after the rain started, I noticed something else. Apparently water is pooling inside, or around that exposed wire, or something, because every two or three seconds a little tongue of fire leaps up about four or five inches high, and immediately goes out. I can't really say the thing is burning, it's more like it just spits fire at short intervals. Amazingly, the light is still on. I'm not worried about it. It's lying on wet mulch, it's low voltage, the rain is pouring on it, and there's nothing flammable within twenty feet of it. Also, there's a transformer between that line and the house, so it can't do any damage. I'm sure it will eventually give up the ghost and go out, but I just can't believe the thing is still trying to burn, when I have others that I've done everything but pray over and they keep going out. Go figure.

Well, guess I'll go read a bit, and then head for the ironing board. Good night, porch, and may God bless you all. --Romeena

October 26, 2013 - Msg 95148: Fantastic Poor Horatio...great job...Im no way computer smart enough to post a pic...did not even know you could do that...great job...SPOT

October 26, 2013 - Msg 95149: Night Romeena...prayers and thoughts...SPOT

October 26, 2013 - Msg 95150: Oh, my goodness, PH. That picture of Rocky startled me when I posted the above. Suddenly, there was that picture! That looks like the black hat he wore in the concert at my church. Off stage, he usually wore a ballcap of some sort. Either way, he always had that big friendly smile. The great thing about his smile is that it involved all of him, especially his eyes. That smile was genuine, and conveyed love for those around him. He was a true gentleman, and a man of God. --Romeena

October 26, 2013 - Msg 95151: Good night, Spot. Thinking of you these days too, my friend. Old hurts heal slowly, but they do heal, don't they? --Romeena

October 26, 2013 - Msg 95152: PH, thanks for posting that lovely tribute to REV. You can just see the love in his eyes in that photo.

I how what you mean, Auh2o...it was a comfort to know there was someone like REV in the world...guess that is why its so hard to see him go on ahead. The world is darker and there is less love in it. I pray, though, that REV's light will continue to shine through his ministry that will continue.

RO, you can do a search on facebook for Rocky Morris and when you find it, send a friend request...chances are that the person who is now posting for his family on his facebook will accept your request and then you will be able to view all the content. Good luck. :)


October 27, 2013 - Msg 95153: Yes RO, just type Rocky's name in the FB search box, and it should go to his page.

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95154: I agree with you Romeena, I have a lot to learn about FB too. The Porch & Floyd's Pod-casts are enough for me right now...If family & friends want to know what & how I am doing...They can use the phone! It still works and the postman still delivers my mail...As you can tell G-F doesn't care much for newfangled changes.. So you see, It was a big step for the Goob to come here, But I am VERY THANKFUL I did...You folks have been a lifeline to the world as we would like to see it.
I TRUELY treasure the friendship! That is what is so hard about REV's passing, I have lost one of them (for now)....So as other don't see, Mayberry is a lot more than a old B/W TV show it is a "State of Mind" where we can still be kind & caring to each other...Be thankful we was not giraffes because ya know how they can be!

God puts people and things in our paths to give us comfort & direction, it is for us to accept and grow from them...Again thanks for sending REV to us, now I'm sure REV would want us to "Pay it Forward" to others.. Amen Gang??
Romeena, I'll take back control of my fingers now and say: Ya'll have a blessed day! ;) hey,hey,hey!


October 27, 2013 - Msg 95155: Amen GF. I'm glad you found your way here because I sure enjoy your friendship along with everyone elses. You are so right on your description of what Mayberry is.
My prayers go out to all this morning who are struggling to understand the meaning of our loss of a good friend and a man of God. But as has been said, Rev. would want us to move on. Hopefully as the days pass, we all will be able to come to terms with what God has brought forth and find comfort in knowing His will has been done.


October 27, 2013 - Msg 95156: Hello all. I recently discovered Netflix and now have the capability of watching the Andy Griffith show whenever I want. Am I in the right forum here to discuss the show meaning here on the front porch?

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95157: Yes you are sir or ma-am. And welcome to the porch. Pick yourself a nickname and pull up a rocking chair and jump on in. We discuss a bunch of different things here on the porch, but Mayberry items are first and foremost. Mayberry and all the good things the show represents. I hope you feel welcome here and stick around. So tell us a little about you.


October 27, 2013 - Msg 95158: Hello Asa, I am Mr. Sawyer. I am a 57 year old widower of 10 years. I am retired and enjoy watching Andy Griffith show episodes.

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95159: Good morning, porch - and to you, #95156. As Asa said, you are most welcome here. We're always happy when someone new moves to town. Just choose a name for yourself - usually a Mayberry-related name, but not necessarily - pull up a rocker and set a spell. You might find it helpful to read, or at least scan back through the archives for a few pages, to get a feeling for what the porch is like. The archives can be reached through that little "Archives" link at the bottom. The most recent entries are going to be pretty sad, as we just lost one of our dearest friends. He went to be with the Lord last Sunday, very suddenly and unexpectedly. We're all still struggling with that, but we will be okay. We know he would want us all to accept life as it comes, and continue to trust God and be happy. So - we're workin' on it!

G-F, I agree with Asa whole-heartedly. You have been a blessing to this porch, and to all of us. You're fun and funny, you maintain the spirit of Mayberry, and I'm very happy to call you my friend. As one reluctant dinosaur to another, I guess we can figure out FB together. I still have my landline phone, and have no intention of dropping it. For one thing, I don't have to remember to plug it in and charge it! It's always ready. For another, it has a large "receiver" that I can prop with my shoulder and have both hands free. My android phone, a Samsung Galaxy Note, is pretty big as androids go, but to free my hands, I have to put it on speaker and lay it on the desk, and then I'm broadcasting to the world. Not that I have anything to hide, but it annoys me when other people drag me into their phone conversations, so I try not to do the same thing. It has some great features - I have "Dish Anywhere" on it, so can tune in whatever's on Dish Network at any given time (like in a waiting room or some such) but there again, for it to be audible to me, others are subjected to it as well. I suppose I could pack earbuds around with me, but I'd probably just lose them. As the saying goes, "What goes up must come down." Well, it's also true, every upside has a downside, I guess.

My arthritis has camped in my spine the last few days, and my back is giving me fits. No, not where the surgeon worked - that part is good - this is just the whole middle section of my spine. Sore, stiff and achy, and not much anyone can do about it. I can't take NSAIDS except on a very limited basis. So, I'm going to try something I've been reading about. Supposedly tart cherry juice helps. I bought a bottle, so guess we'll see, won't we?

Blessings, friends! Have a blessed Mayberry day. --Romeena

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95160: Well, how-do, Mr. Sawyer. You any kin to Ed? We had an Ed Sawyer around here for a while, but haven't seen him in years. Anyway, welcome!

At 57, you're probably in the top half of the age spread here on the porch, but you'll find plenty of company. We've got some young'uns, but I'd guess that most of us are 40-plus. Personally, I think I'm probably the senior member, at 74. Anybody care to admit to beating that? --Romeena

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95161: Has Ronny Howard's mother ever appeared in any episode? I know his father has.

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95162: Yes, I am kin to Ed. He is my uncle.

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95163: Yeah, G-F, those much-maligned giraffes. You know, I was thinking, maybe Barney just had the wrong idea about giraffes. Maybe he just thought they were selfish because they walk around with their noses so high in the air. It's not their fault they're so tall that they can't see anyone below them.
Just a thought.

Welcome Mr. Sawyer! Hope you stay a while.

-Sterling Holobyte

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95164: Thank you Sterling. My mind seems to be forever in Mayberry.

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95165: To, I hope that tart cherry juice helps. I was taking that for gout. I had read it was helpful but I didn't get much out of it.

Welcome again MR.Sawyer. Did your uncle ever make it to the moon? :)
I don't think Ron Howard's mother appeared on the show. But yes his father did as well as his brother. I know his mother was in Apollo 13, and I saw her in an episode of Matlock. Here is a little trivia. Did anyone know Andy Griffith' s father appeared in an episode of TAGS? Wasn't a speaking part or anything big, but he was in one.


October 27, 2013 - Msg 95166: Hi Asa,no he never did make it. But still hopes to go there someday. Mr Sawyer

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95167: Welcome to Mr. Sawyer! I am 51 and have a husband, two children still at home (12 and 18). Hope you pick yourself a rocker and stay. :)

Hope your back gets better, Ro. Good luck with the cherry juice.

Speaking of Ron Howard, did any of you see his daughter in "The Help"? She was something else! Very good actress and you wanted to just slap the snot out of her. hehe

Been a good sunday here. Too hot, but at least it isn't in the 90's...right about 90 at the hottest part of the day, though.

I agree with you, concerning REV, Ro. I know he would want us to feel our feelings in a healthy way, and then to keep moving forward. We'll always remember him and try to honor him by keeping the love for each other and the Lord.


PS-No, I sure didnt know that about Andy's dad and brother, Asa. Interesting...

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95168:
Asa, great question about when did Carl Lee Griffith (Andy Griffith's father) appear on TAGS. For the answer, visit http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=63794390

And as for the question about Jean Speegle Howard (Ron Howard's mother), according to International Movie DataBase, she did not begin appearing on television until 1969. So I believe she never appeared in TAGS. But she did work a lot in television between 1985 and her death. Her start seems to have begun about the time Ron Howard began his directing career.

And a welcome to Mr. Sawyer. Visit http://www.imayberry.com/tagsrwc/wbmutbb/anewsome/private/char.htm to search for a Mayberry character name that you can adopt for posting here if you like.

from Poor Horatio

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95169:
Boo, regarding your Msg 95167, Asa was asking about Andy Griffith's dad and Ron Howard's brother. My research indicates that Andy Griffith was an only child.

from Poor Horatio

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95170: Hello Poor Horatio, the "folks around Mayberry" link does not have Mr. Sawyer listed. I would like to use Mr. Sawyer here. What should I do. Pick another favorite character? Mr. Sawyer

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95171:
Mr. Sawyer, you can choose any name you like. It does not have to be Mayberry related.

from Poor Horatio

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95172: If we did have a Mr. Sawyer here, it was a long time ago. And seems like he went by Ed Sawyer, from the "Stranger in Town" episode. I don't see a problem with you being Mr. Sawyer. However, I don't sit on the porch very often, so what do I know, haha. Welcome to Mr. Sawyer.
- Hazel

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95173: Thank you for the warm Mayberry welcome to the front porch. I was just wondering. Who is the lady in the guitar player with the big white earrings? She also appears in another episode inside walker's drug store. Just a few seconds in each. Mr. Sawyer.

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95174:
Welcome Mr Sawyer. I'm MDC, short for Mr Darlin's Cuz, who is not any particular tags character, but I figure that Mr Darling must have had a lot of cousins! ha
I'm 63, from the Phx area, and my Cards just beat Spot's Falcons! sorry spot! (:
As others have mentioned, we lost a great porchster, as we like to call ourselves here,
so if you see us mention REV from time to time, that was his name here.
I hope you all had a good Sabbath, mine was restful for a change, and tho our weather is also still in low 90s, it should be 75 by Wed! (:
I do know that Andy's real wife had a small part in the Songfesters episode. She was corrected by the choir director, and she says "Sorry Mr Masters."
Prayers for all,

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95175:
Regarding Msg 95141 asking about Jim Best playing the guitar in the Guitar Player episode, I have some additional comments as to what I posted in Msg 95143. Today I watched that episode. If you cue it up to 02:08 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIVwbNh_avM and cue it up to 04:46 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVxJkoX1b4U , the camera zooms in to a closeup avoiding the face of the guitar player. And for those few seconds, the fingering matches the music perfectly. So did they use a real guitar player for those closeups? I believe they did since when they show Jim's face, the fingering does not follow the music exactly.

Mr. Sawyer, I did see a short haired female with round white earrings standing outside listening to Jim play in the first couple of minutes in that episode. But usually when an actor has no dialogue, they are often excluded from the credits. So identifying her is next to impossible. I worked on a major feature film years ago and that was common practice.

from Poor Horatio

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95176: Good evening porch, just stopiping by on my way to the ole ironing board. We have had a lovely fall day on my end of the porch. We went to Sunday school, preaching and then for lunch. My daughter Beth, Patrick's girlfriend Courtney and I went to hear Scotty McCreery in concert this evening. We had a grand time, birth girls enjoyed the concert. He is such a nice young man with a clean cut show.

Welcome to our family, Mr Sawyer. You will never meet any nicer folks than you will here. Hope you keep coming back.

PH thanks for the memorial picture . We needed an official tribute post.

Hope you are doing ok Ro. Been thinking about you and what a blessing you are to me. You words of wisdom are always
Helpful and encouraging.

Prayers and blessings.
Big Maude

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95177: Hey All.

Welcome Mr. Sawyer, e a poem here it come from me. TOM
Poor Horatio on the old porch you sign in color.
G F ASA and you have to be good because I m watching ?

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95178: Thank you to Poor Horatio, MDC, Hazel, Sgt Tom, Big Maude, and Asa for a warm welcome to the front porch. I have had a few questions answered today that I have been wondering about for awhile. Mr. Sawyer

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95179:
Sgt TOM, yes it is true I used to sign in color back in the old days. Since you asked, here it comes below.


October 27, 2013 - Msg 95180: Oops, I forgot to cancel the large text with

from Poor Horatio

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95181: Mr. Sawyer sounds ok to me, not like you are calling yourself Nate Bracey or Don....haha
Welcome...as others have stated it's been a hard week for us, be patient as we all work thru this.
There are good folk here some check in often some check in not so often. If you go back in the archives you will understand the next questions..
(1)What is your opinion on Mayonnaise? Are you a Miracle Whip guy or a Hellman's guy? (2) Do you like bats? (3)Do you like TV dinners? (4) Which side of the M/D do you rock from? These are a few serious issues that have been debated about here on the porch in the past (very important stuff!)
Gibb's rule #44: TOM is the Sgt. at Arms here on the porch so ya better act right...He's like Santa, knows all & see's all, and knows if you've been bad or good! see post #95177...See! Oh, by the way I'm Goober Fife...North of the M/D line....


October 27, 2013 - Msg 95182: I always wondered why Barney was not true blue to Thelma Lou. I never have seen a episode where Thelma Lou mentions Juanita.

October 27, 2013 - Msg 95183: There goes PH showing off his computer talents again! Most of us are lucky just to spell right!
G-F again....

October 28, 2013 - Msg 95184: Whatever happened to Floyd the barber in the stranger episode? I only seem to recall seeing him in one episode. Mr. Sawyer

October 28, 2013 - Msg 95185:
Mr. Sawyer, it was Walter Baldwin who played Floyd the barber for only one episode on The Andy Griffith Show (TAGS). My internet research revealed two possible reasons why he was replaced. I am not sure which one is true.
#1 although Baldwin was a very experienced actor, the producers for TAGS did not like the way he portrayed Floyd.
#2 Baldwin was difficult to work with.
So whichever reason it was, they quickly replaced him with Howard McNear. And according to Don Knotts, McNear did such a great job of what the producers wanted because he was very much like Floyd in real life.

from Poor Horatio

October 28, 2013 - Msg 95186: Hello PH, I am beginning to think that you may be a Mayberry walking encyclopedia. Mr. Sawyer

October 28, 2013 - Msg 95187:
Mr. Sawyer, thank you for those kind words. However, I am not really that smart. My secret is that I am very good at searching for answers over the internet. I love doing that.

from Poor Horatio

October 28, 2013 - Msg 95188: Hi ya'll: I am watching a TAGS on TVLAND. It is a colored episode. And who do I see in the courthouse but Mr. Schwomp! I couldn't believe it that he still was a character after a few years in black and white.

October 28, 2013 - Msg 95189: Sorry, forgot to sign the above. Mr. Sawyer.

October 28, 2013 - Msg 95190: It still is one of the better colored episodes. The Mayberry band appears in their red band uniforms. The show is somethin about andy gettin $1000 for sheriff without a gun royaltys. Mr. Sawyer.

October 28, 2013 - Msg 95191: Hello fellow Mayberryians: I want to paint a room in my house the 2 shades of green of inside the courthouse as in the colored episodes. Can someone on the front porch here recall the county colors? Thanks, Mr. Sawyer.

October 28, 2013 - Msg 95192: Hi Al.
Thank P H for the touch of color here, just like the old day.
G F I see that your brown are on a losing way? so are the pitt.


October 28, 2013 - Msg 95193: I just remembered. I was married in Santa Lucia Church in Chicago, Illinois in the middle 70's.

October 28, 2013 - Msg 95194: Mr. Sawyer again did not sign. above.

October 28, 2013 - Msg 95195: Good morning, porch! Mr. Sawyer, your observation regarding our dear PH is spot on. How he obtains the information doesn't matter - he does it. I'm a pretty good Googler too, but he finds details that I'd never find. I think he's got a secret hand signal or something that gets him into places I've never seen.

About Walter Baldwin, he may or may not have been difficult to work with, but personally I didn't care for the way he portrayed Floyd. I couldn't really tell you why, he just didn't seem to fit the role. As for Howard McNear, he just "was" Floyd, from the git-go. And I'll tell you something else. Our own dear Floyd, aka Allan, is as close to being Floyd as one could get without a legal name change. I've been present on five cruises with him, and when he gets that white jacket on, comb and scissors tucked into his pocket, and starts dithering around and playing with his necktie, he could fool Mrs. McNear, I think. I wish everyone could see him.

One of my favorite Andy Griffith/Howard McNear truths is the way Mr. McNear was encouraged to continue appearing on the show, even after he had a stroke. It was managed so well that many people don't even realize there was anything different. They positioned him, and staged the scenes so cleverly that his physical deficits weren't evident. I read somewhere that they even built a brace, like the little holders for displaying dolls, that allowed him to stand when the scene required it, but wasn't visible to the camera. I don't know who made the decision to allow Mr. McNear to continue working, but it sounds very much like an "Andy" thing to me.

Well, I have a few things to take care of out in the yard. The forecast doesn't call for rain, but if it doesn't, it's going to miss a really good chance. The sky looks like lead, the air is very still, and there's not a bird or a squirrel in sight anywhere. That generally indicates that something powerful is coming, and they're holed up for protection. I've got some absolutely gorgeous roses blooming, so think I'll go cut a big bouquet and bring them in. No need leaving them out there to get beat to pieces. Also, I need to disconnect that little broken fixture that was spitting fire the other night. It can't hurt anything, but it's obviously beyond repair so there's no need in it sitting out there doing weird things.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

October 28, 2013 - Msg 95196: Hey y'all and a big friendly welcome to Mr. Sawyer! Glad to have you rocking on the porch with us. I'm possum, live under a rock down in the Carolinas. Stick around,I think you'll like it here!
Y'all take care!
possum under a rock

October 28, 2013 - Msg 95197: Oh, with all the sadness on the porch lately,I just wasn't in the mood to share a funny story with y'all. When Ro mentioned our Floyd, it reminded me of my recent encounter with a Barney look a like.

Last weekend at the state fair,there was an act that performed all sorts of tricks with fire. These people were standing on their heads on top of each other twirling fire batons & things of that nature. So, I stopped to watch a while and happened to look around in the crowd and who did I see but "Barney"! I'd already come across a replica of the Mayberry squad car,even took a few pics,which I'll try to post on FB,so I had the feeling there was a Mayberry person or two lingering about.My instincts were right-I spotted Barney.

Well, I couldn't help myself- had to go over to Barn & say something "Mayberry-ish",you know,to see if he was "worthy" of portraying our beloved Barney. Not sure who it was-it wasn't David Browning. Anyway.. I walked right up to him,leaned on his shoulder and said " I don't know about you,but to me it looks like that guy has some kinda fire compelsion!" Barney said " I don't know WHAT he has!" Then I said " I think maybe he needs inarculating!" and Barney said " He sure does!"

I think he caught on to the Mayberry-isms-it was pretty funny! Took a pic with him,but it didn't turn out too good because it began raining. Just thought I'd share the story!

possum again