GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M AMY AUBERT, AND THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
ACTOR GEORGE LINDSEY PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING AFTER A SHORT ILLNESS IN NASHVILLE.
LINDSEY WAS AN ACCOMPLISHED ACTOR OF STAGE AND SCREEN... BUT WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS ROLE AS GOOBER PYLE OF THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW.
REPORTER CARSON CLARK TAKES A LOOK BACK AT LINDSEY'S LIFE.
"Listen to this. He's going to take off on Cary Grant. Go Goob. Judy Judy Judy Judy Judy.
GEORGE LINDSEY WILL FOREVER BE KNOWN TO THE WORLD AS GOOBER PYLE OF MAYBERRY, NORTH CAROLINA.
BUT LINDSEY'S ROOTS ARE HERE IN ALABAMA.
AFTER GROWING UP IN JASPER, HE ATTENDED FLORENCE TEACHERS COLLEGE, NOW KNOWN AS THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA.
AND FOR A SHORT TIME BEFORE MAKING IT BIG ON TV, HE COACHED BASKETBALL AT HAZEL GREEN HIGH SCHOOL.
BUT IN THE EARLY 1960S, HE GOT HIS BIG BREAK, IN DRAMATIC ROLES ON SHOWS LIKE ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS.
George: "Oh you people. Why don't you tell a driver when you get in you've got a big bill. Well I can't bust this. I'm not a bank. I've got a boss. I'm not in this for my health."
IN 1964 HE WON THE ROLE OF GOOBER PYLE, TO REPLACE JIM NABORS CHARACTHER GOMER PYLE ON THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW.
AS HE EXPLAINED IN A 1990 INTERVIEW, THE GOMER ROLE WAS ORIGIANLLY SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN HIS.
George: I got the job. And they saw Jim working at the Horn during the weekend, which is a nightclub. And they hired Jim to be Gomer."
AFTER THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW AND IT'S SPINOFF MAYBERRY RFD, LINDSEY DID OTHER ROLES AND BECAME A CAST MEMBER OF HEE HAW.
George Lindsey: My brother Bill, has got a steel on the hill, where he runs off a gallon or two. The buzzards in the sky, get so drunk they can't fly, from smelling that good Ole mountain dew."
LINDSEY WAS ALSO INSTRAMENTAL IN FORMING THE FILM FESTIVAL THAT CARRIES HIS NAME AT UNA.
George: They're doing it, they're doing it. Be quiet. That's away Andy."
BUT FOR ALL HIS OTHER ROLES AND JOBS, THE WORLD WILL FOREVER REMEMBER LINDSEY AS GOOBER AND FOR SCENES LIKE THIS ONE FROM HIS FAVORITE EPISODE OF THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, GOOBER AND THE ART OF LOVE.
"There's a grass strip down by the riverside where my grandma's cow used to graze.
GEORGE LINDSEY, WAS 83.
"Don't it make you want to go home now, don't it make you want to go home.
IN 1985 LINDSEY TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THAT QUOTE... "AMERICA HAS GROWN UP WITH ME. GOOBER IS EVERY MAN; EVERYONE FINDS SOMETHING TO LIKE ABOUT OL' GOOBER."
YOU CAN WATCH LINDSEY AS GOOBER ON THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW... WEEKDAYS AT 5-30.. RIGHT HERE ON 13 WMAZ.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE FOR ONE OF CENTRAL GEORGIA'S MOST TENURED RELIGIOUS LEADERS.
PASTER WILLIE REID SR... DIED ON FRIDAY.
REID FOUNDED THE FELLOWSHIP BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH IN 19-80... IT STARTED WITH LESS THAN 25 MEMBERS... AND TODAY HAS MORE THAN 25 HUNDRED.
IN THE PAST... 13 WMAZ HAS FEATURED PASTOR REID IN MANY STORIES... INCLUDING HIS BOUT WITH KIDNEY FAILURE... AND THE RECENT CONSTRUCTION OF THE CHURCH'S FAITH DOME.
ACCORDING TO THE CHURCHES WEBSITE... REID'S FUNERAL IS SCHEDULED FOR 11 A-M ON TUESDAY AT THE FAITH DOME CAMPUS ON DUNBAR ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS.
REID WAS 60 OLD YEARS.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.