Unlike Roy Mooore, who would exclude people like Nabors from his home state, Nabor and his archetypal character Gomer Pyle exemplified the best Christian values.
Nabors' Gomer matched Don Knotts' Barney Fife and Andy Griffith's Sheriff Andy Taylor as all-time TV heroes on "The Andy Griffith Show."
With his high-pitched Alabama twang and rubbery facial gestures and body movements, Nabors moved beyond characature. Like Knotts' Barney, Nabors' Gomer was a character that viewers felt they knew from real life. His catchprases became part of American culture.
He transported the character to "Gomer Pyle USMC," a hit although it lacked the depth of the Griffith show. Nabors wisely walked away from the show at the height of its popularity, before his performances turned stale.
A gifted singer, Nabors with his rich baritone appealed to middle American listeners with patriotic tunes and Broadway standards. He also closed out the TV variety show era with one of the last popular vehicles of the genre.
An unlikely star, Nabors left his mark on American culture. Many of Moore's followers loved him too, and will keep a place for him in their deepest hearts.