Monday, May 7, 2012

Mayberry Daily News: Goober Pyle Obituary

Goober Pyle (83) a native of  Mayberry, North Carolina", died Sunday, May 6th due to a brief illness. Goober was born in Mayberry at the home of Jedediah & Mable Pyle September 17, 1928.  He was a graduate of Mayberry High School.

Goober started working on cars with his father and later taught his cousin Gomer Pyle to work on cars as a hobby. His cousin Gomer said, "Goober never got his education from schooling, but learned how to fix cars because he loved fix'n cars. He sure was pleased when the Fayetteville Technical College awarded him an honorary Automotive Master Mechanic degree in 1994. He sure was proud of that!"  

Goober was a shade tree mechanic until he was hired by Wally's Garage and Gas Station in 1964.  Goober managed the business for his owner until Randall 'Wally' Wolford offered to sell the business to him. Goober Pyle left the name Wally's Garage until his cousin (Maj) Gomer Pyle retired from the United States Marine Corps. Gomer offered his cousin part ownership and changed the name to G and G Garage.  They always jokingly argued about whose initial was first.

"Everyone in Mayberry knew and loved Goober." stated his old friend and former Mayberry Sheriff Andrew Taylor. "
I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our eighties, we were not afraid to say, 'I love you.' That was the last thing Goober and I had to say to each other. 'I love you.'"

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A special memorial service will be held Saturday, May 13th at the Mayberry Town Hall followed by a marching band parade to the old town Gazebo where everyone is invited for music and a covered dish picnic. Gomer Pyle wanted to sing favorite songs of Goobers, and share stories of his cousin he knew and loved as a brother.

Both Goober and Gomer Pyle attended the First United Methodist Church of Mayberry. Both stood next to each other when singing in the choir and always involved in every charity outreach of the church. "Goober loved Mayberry and served the community in every way he knew how." stated Gomer.
"He's going to be missed by everybody around here - especially me."

Visitation will be held at First United Methodist Church of Mayberry on Wednesday, May 9th. Grave side service will follow at church cemetery with Rev. Opie A. Taylor, Jr officiating.

Funeral arrangements by Ernest T. Bass and Son's Funeral
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