The story of an Alabama man who made good, and gave back significantly to his home state.
This line of his will get you started: “We were so poor that we’d eat beans for breakfast, drink water for lunch and swell up for supper.“
George “Goober” Lindsey dead at 83
Posted: May 06, 2012 10:37 AM CDT
Updated: May 06, 2012 12:33 PM CDT
Posted by Micca Terrell
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -Actor and comedian George “Goober” Lindsey died early Sunday morning after a brief illness, according to his publicist. He was 83 years old.
Lindsey was born on December 17, 1928 in Fairfield, Alabama, and grew up in the small town of Jasper. Sources tell Channel 4 that The Andy Griffith Show and Hee Haw star will be buried there.
Funeral arrangements are being handled Marshall Donnelly Combs Funeral Home of Nashville.
As a young boy, Lindsey’s best buddies were his dog One Spot and his pal Sappo, a lifelong friend and a popular foil for Lindsey’s stand-up comedy act. He became interested in acting after seeing a production of Oklahoma! when he was just 14.
Lindsey liked to hang around his Aunt Ethel’s gas station, where the mechanics wore felt caps to keep the grease and oil from dripping into their hair. Those caps would inspire Lindsey’s trademark “beanie” worn by Goober.
Gas station notwithstanding, the Lindsey family of George’s youth felt the full weight of the Great Depression. Those hard times were later a rich source of material for his comedy act, with jokes guaranteed to get a laugh, such as: “We were so poor that we’d eat beans for breakfast, drink water for lunch and swell up for supper.”
As a student in Jasper, Lindsey was a good athlete. At Walker County High School, he excelled in football and basketball. One of Read the rest of this entry »