University mourns death of George Lindsey

George “Goober” Lindsey, UNA alumnus and “The Andy Griffith Show” actor, has died today at the age of 83. The Fairfield, Ala., native died from complications of an apparent stroke, said sources close to the Lindsey family.

“Mr. Lindsey was a very dear member of our university family,” said UNA President Dr. William Cale in a release. “His outstanding career inspired many students, and we were always honored by his presence during his many visits to campus. He will be very greatly missed.”

The actor, who was best known for his role as “Goober,” graduated from UNA with a degree in biological science and physical education in 1952 and, in 1992, was given an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Lindsey performed roles on shows such as “Mayberry R.F.D.” and “Hee Haw” and appeared on “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,” “Gomer Pyle-USMC” and “Twilight Zone.”

The George Lindsey Theatre on campus was recently named in honor of Lindsey. Lindsey started the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, which showcases young filmmakers and offers learning opportunities about the film industry, in the late ‘90s.

“The George Lindsey UNA Film Festival and the entire UNA community have lost a dear friend,” said Dr. Cynthia Burkhead, coordinator of the film festival, in a statement. “Over the years, many film festival volunteers were blessed to have worked with George and hear stories of his time at UNA and of his career. Many filmmakers were blessed by his goal of supporting independent film. 

“George did so much for so many, and we will all miss our beloved friend.”

Funeral arrangements will be announced soon and are being handled by Marshall Donnelly Combs Funeral Home in Nashville.