Frances Bavier, who played Aunt Bee in “The Andy Griffith Show,” left $100,000 for the police in her adopted hometown in North Carolina, a report said Thursday.
Frances Bavier, the end of the actress who played the role of the kind-hearted Aunt Bee on the TV classic “The Andy Griffith Show” seems to be a lot of appreciation for her local police.
When Bavier died in 1989 at the age of 86, her will stipulated that $100,000 to go towards a trust fund for the police in Siler City, N. C., the small town where she lived alone with her 14 cats in her later years, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported.
It was considered as a nice final gesture by a woman whom the locals say it can sometimes be difficult to deal with, unlike her TV personality.
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“She was not the woman that you saw on TV,” Floyd Bowers, who worked at an Exxon station in the vicinity of Bavier’s grave, told the newspaper in 2004. “She loved her privacy, and she was difficult to please. My wife worked in the hospital, and she was what the nurses call with a fixed patient.”
According to the News & Observer, the principal of the trust fund for the police is kept in of $100,000, while the interest is divided between the police, the staff of around 20 per year for a Christmas bonus around Dec. 15.
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Her is indicated that also in other parts of Bavier $700,000-plus estate would go to the Actor’s Fund of America and some residents of Connecticut and New York, her home state, in addition to the Siler City police department, the paper reported. The rest went to a UNC public television, who auctioned off her Studebaker to contribute to the fund, according to the report.
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