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Jim Nabors, who made cheery Gomer Pyle a TV icon, dies at 87

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In this Nov. 2, 2003 file photo, Jim Nabors, left, and Andy Griffith, cast members from the series "The Andy Griffith Show," arrive to CBS's 75th anniversary celebration in New York. Nabors died peacefully at his home in Honolulu on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, with his husband Stan Cadwallader at his side. He was 87. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Nabors made good on his last name when he brought Gomer Pyle to “The Andy Griffith Show.” His big-hearted, ever-cheery gas-pump jockey was a neighborly fit in the easygoing town of Mayberry.