Morgantown, WV -- The widow of Don Knotts says his family is touched that fans in Morgantown, West Virgina, will erect a bronze statue to honor the late comedic actor.
Francey Knotts sent an e-mail to Monongalia County Commissioner John Pyles, a longtime friend of her late husband, Friday, the eve of the first anniversary of the actor's death.
Francey Knotts says the statue captures the Don Knotts his family knew and loved. She says he would be happy and proud if he could see it.
The statue will honor the actor, rather than the characters he played.
The Greater Morgantown Community Trust is trying to raise $50,000 for the statue, which will show a middle-aged Knotts in plain clothes, seated and reading a script.
Knotts is best known as the bumbling deputy on "The Andy Griffith Show." He died February 24th, 2006.
He was 81.