DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Denver Pyle (aged 77)
-American actor (The Andy Griffith Show, The Dukes of Hazzard)
Denver Dell Pyle (May 11, 1920 – December 25, 1997) was an American film and television actor. He was known for portraying Briscoe Darling Jr. in several episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, and playing Jesse Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard during 1979–1985. In many of his roles, he portrayed either authority figures, or gruff, demanding father figures.
DEATH: Pyle died of lung cancer on Christmas Day in 1997. Memorial services were held January 6, 1998, at First Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Texas. He is buried in an unmarked grave at the Forreston Cemetery in Forreston in Ellis County south of Waxahachie. His remains are interred beside those of his second wife’s parents.