R.I.P., Duke Boy
Do you remember the fifth season of “Dukes of Hazzard”? I sure do, and not just because I have it on DVD. I remember watching it on television back in the 1980s! The fifth season was the show’s black eye, with the “replacement Duke Boys” Coy and Vance. You really can’t blame Byron Cherry (Coy) and Christopher Mayer (Vance)…who wouldn’t jump at the chance to be on one of the greatest TV shows? But the ratings suffered, and even after Bo and Luke were brought back, the program only lasted two more seasons.
Christopher Mayer passed away Saturday evening, July 23, at the age of 57. The news reports are rare and no cause of death has been reported by the media, other than the death was unexpected.
This is at least the fourth major Dukes death that I can think of. Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle) and Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) were the first to pass, several years ago. Lulu Hogg (Peggy Rea) left us earlier this year from complications from congestive heart failure on February 5. (Am I missing anyone?)
Several surviving members of the cast are scheduled to appear at the Hazzard Homecoming in Sperryville, Virginia, in a couple of weeks. If I wasn’t working that weekend and it wasn’t so far away (almost 9 hours from my house!), I would be tempted to go since I don’t have John Schneider’s autograph yet.
I do have all the others listed on the site, plus Byron Cherry and Don Pedro Colley, who portrayed Sheriff Little from Chickasaw County, acquired at the Smoky Mountains Fan Fest in Sevierville, Tennessee, two summers ago.
My childhood is slowing dying.