Nationally-Recognized, Quality Local Journalism..

Click here to stay informed and subscribe to the Mountain State’s Trusted News Source.

Click #isupportlocal for more information on supporting our local journalists.

Learn more about HD Media

For late comedy legend and West Virginia native son Don Knotts, growing up in Morgantown during the Depression Era afforded seemingly few Mayberry-esque memories.

Born on July 21, 1924, Knotts lived in a boarding home run by his mother, following the death of his abusive, alcoholic father, who sometimes threatened his youngest son, Jesse Donald, with a knife.

Stories you might like

Karen’s website, , contains her “Tied Up in Knotts!” performance itinerary plus booking information, as well as links to order “Tied Up in Knotts: My Dad and Me.”

Recommended for you