OFFSTAGE: Country Stars Remember Andy Griffith

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OFFSTAGE: Country Stars Remember Andy Griffith

Published on July 03, 2012 by CMT News

Brad Paisley and Andy Griffith

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)

“Love you, Andy. Go rest.”

Those were Brad
‘s parting words to Andy Griffith, who died Tuesday (July
3) at age 86. Paisley’s tweet also said, “Andy Griffith entertained the world. He improved our lives, and I was so proud to
work with him call him a friend.”

Then he posted a picture of the two of them — smiling from ear to ear — from the
set of Paisley’s “Waitin’ on a Woman” video. The caption
read, “One of the highlights of my life.”

But Paisley is not the only star who will miss Griffith.

“RIP Andy
Griffith,” Scotty McCreery tweeted. “We lost a legend today that provided
me and my family some great quality time around the TV filled with some good laughs.”

Even reigning American Idol
Phillip Phillips tweeted, “Can’t believe Andy Griffith passed away today. Loved his show. Prayers go out to the family. Used
to watch it all the time with my papa.”

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary
Scott: “Heaven gained a talented man today. Mr. Andy Griffith, thanks for giving me amazing memories with my family growing
up watching your show!”

Chris Young: “Andy Griffith made so many
memories for multiple generations. … R.I.P.”

Easton Corbin:
“It’s a sad day. Andy Griffith passed away! One of my favorite shows!”

Band Perry
: “We’ll miss you, Andy Griffith. … Thank you for all the laughs and memories.”

“I have seen every single episode of Andy Griffith, and I own them all. Years ago, my mom worked with Mr. Andy, and
she had him call and leave me a voicemail message. I kept it for years. I never knew my biological father, so to me, Andy
was the epitome of a loving and caring example to Opie, and I looked up to him. There are no more shows like The Andy Griffith
, and there never will be.”  

Amy Grant: “From Team Amy
— Go Rest High on that Mountain, Andy Griffith.”

Ron Howard, who played his son Opie for eight seasons of The Andy
Griffith Show
, tweeted, too, noting, “His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations
shaped my life I’m forever grateful RIP Andy.”

And Griffith’s wife Cindi released this statement after her husband’s
passing. “Andy was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and was prepared for the day he would be called home to his
Lord. He is the love of my life, my constant companion, my partner and my best friend. I cannot imagine life without Andy,
but I take comfort and strength in God’s Grace and in the knowledge that Andy is at peace and with God.”

photos of Andy Griffith.

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