In one of Barney’s return visits to Mayberry after he’d moved to Raleigh, they were having a reunion or something, and Thelma Lou and her husband attended. I remember Andy telling Barney that Thelma Lou had moved away about a month after Barney left town. That made me cry.... she’d been his loyal girlfriend for all those years. They’d looked in the window at the furniture store and talked about what they’d want in their home. He had a great thing with her, and threw it away.