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Mayberry PolceOn behalf of the Wake & District Pipe Band – we would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends and many fans of America’s Sheriff and North Carolina native Andy Griffith – who passed away on 03 July 2012.  Actor Andy Griffith won the hearts of 1960s TV viewers with his role as gentle Sheriff Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith Show,” then returned as a folksy 1980s lawyer in “Matlock,” died Tuesday at his home on Roanoke Island, N.C., at age 86, NBC News has confirmed.

Griffith was born in North Carolina in 1926. He earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The news was first reported to the North Carolina television station WITN by Bill Friday, former president of the University of North Carolina and a Griffith friend. The Dare County, N.C. sheriff later confirmed Griffith died at approximately 7 a.m.

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