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Valdosta resident, "Dukes of Hazzard" star, remembers James Best

James Best James Best
Sonny Shroyer Sonny Shroyer
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A Valdosta resident and star of "The Dukes of Hazzard" shared his memories Tuesday of a former co-star who died Monday night. James Best, who played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane died at his home in North Carolina.

As Sonny Shroyer, who played the sheriff's deputy, looked at old pictures from his time as a co-star with James Best on the Dukes of Hazard, he couldn't help but smile.

"Jimmy's a legend. He won't be forgotten. He'll be on television somewhere in the world every day," said Shroyer.

He said he had been happy and sad all at the same time since getting the news Monday night that Best had been placed in Hospice care due to complications from a respiratory disease he had been battling.

"I've been laughin' and cryin' ever since," Shroyer said.

He said he remembers Best most for being nice and friendly and for being so talented as both an actor and a producer. But even though Best died, Shroyer believed he was still working. "Now, he's up in heaven helpin' God with the sunsets," Shroyer remarked, happily.

Shroyer said the most memorable moment he has of Best is from a scene in which he went into the water to save Bo and Luke Duke and almost drowned before he made it back to the surface after going under.

"I said, 'Sheriff, help me!' He said, 'I can't swim. I can't swim, Enos.' He broke down and started cryin' almost," recalled Shroyer.

Shroyer said he wasn't sure Tuesday if he would go to Best's funeral, but he had just one thing left to say Tuesday afternoon.

"This is Enos. Sheriff Rosco, we love you. This is Enos signin' off. Over and out," Shroyer said as he pretended to hold and talk into his dispatch radio that he used to communicate with Sheriff Coltrane on the show.

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