Mount Airy Snappy Lunch Owner Dead At 84

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) -- The owner of the Mount Airy restaurant made famous by "The Andy Griffith Show" has died after a long illness.

Moody Funeral Home director Rixie Gordon said Charles Dowell died Tuesday. He was 84.

Dowell was known for his "World Famous Pork Chop Sandwich," and for the many years he stood in the window of his restaurant cooking the pork chops while tourists watched through a window.

Griffith's TV character, Sheriff Andy Taylor, once recommended Snappy Lunch as a nice place to take a date.

The restaurant opened in 1923 inside a former post office building and provided lunch for mill workers and students at nearby schools. Dowell started working there in 1943 and, after he bought out his partner, became the sole owner in 1960.

The Moody Funeral Home's website says the funeral service will be Friday, September 7, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Mount Airy. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy. Memorials may be made to Oak Grove United Methodist Church, c/o Tina Mooney, 129 Mark Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030; or the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home, 945 Zephyr Road, Dobson, NC 27017.

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