The man known as the sheriff without a gun will forever be a part of television history.
For one fan in Roanoke, Andy Griffith will forever be his idol.
"That's Andy Griffith's best friend from childhood. His name is Emmit and he can tell you anything you want to know about Andy Griffith," said Sammy Oakey.
You could say the same thing about this man, Sammy Oakey.
"A lot of people may say I'm a fanatic," Oakey said.
That's an understatement. Oakey has books, games, descriptions of every show and pictures from a recent trip to Mount Airy, North Carolina, Griffith's hometown.
Tuesday he met WDBJ7 Reporter Justin Ward at the home of a friend, who owns an antique car, just like the one Andy drove.
To Oakey the show is an escape to a world of simpler times.
"It's a comfort, it's wholesome, and even though I know every line of every episode I still watch it and it's just a wonderful, wonderful way of escaping today's reality," Oakey said.
The reality of Andy Griffith dying hit him hard Tuesday morning.
"And when it sunk in I was just terribly disappointed because we just lost the guy who played Goober, the guy who played Doug Dillard who was one of the Darling boys within the last two months," Oakey said.
He had always dreamed of meeting the sheriff of Mayberry.
Now old shows, and this memorabilia are Oakey's tribute.
"There's an episode where Otis, they want Otis to think that he had died cause they didn't want him driving and there's a song that Andy sings with Barney," Oakey said.
The song reads, "We shall meet, but we shall miss him. There will be one vacant chair."
"That's one of the things I thought of that song and that there is going to be an empty chair at the Mayberry table now," Oakey said.