The world lost a beloved actor, singer, and comedian on November 30, 2017 when Jim Nabors passed away at the age of 87. Nabors is best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle: U.S.M.C. His death was announced on his official website with a simple statement: “Everybody knows he was a wonderful man.”
Jim Nabors Career
Jim Nabors was born in Sylacauga, Alabama on June 12, 1930. After graduating from the University of Alabama, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in entertainment. He first gained recognition as a singer and comedian in the 1960s when he performed regularly on The Steve Allen Show. His career skyrocketed when he was cast as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show in 1962. He appeared in the show until 1964, when he then starred in the spinoff Gomer Pyle: U.S.M.C. until 1969. His characters were known for their trademark phrases, such as “Goll-ly!” and “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”
Throughout his career, he also released several albums, including Jim Nabors Sings Love Songs and Jim Nabors Sings the Lord’s Prayer. He also continued to appear on television shows, such as The Carol Burnett Show and The Love Boat. After his acting career, he returned to singing, performing at concerts and events until his retirement in 2013.
Jim Nabors Funeral
Nabors passed away peacefully at his home in Hawaii on November 30, 2017. He was surrounded by his family and friends. A private funeral service was held for him at the Diamond Head Mortuary in Honolulu, Hawaii. His family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society. The service was attended by his close friends and family and was officiated by Reverend Jon Miriam.
At the service, many of Nabors’ friends, family, and colleagues spoke of his kind and generous spirit. His former co-star, Florence Henderson, said: “Jim was one of the kindest, sweetest and funniest people I’ve ever known. He was a true gentleman and the world will miss him.” His close friend and fellow singer, Pat Boone, said that he was “one of the kindest and most generous people I ever knew.”
Legacy of Jim Nabors
Jim Nabors will be remembered for his many accomplishments in the entertainment industry. His signature catchphrases, his many songs, and his iconic characters will be remembered for generations to come. Even more than that, he will be remembered for his kind and generous spirit. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Jim Nabors was a beloved actor and singer whose legacy will live on through his many films, television shows, and songs. His funeral service was held in Hawaii on December 1, 2017. He will be remembered for his many accomplishments in the entertainment industry and for his kind and generous spirit. Rest in peace, Jim Nabors.