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Memorial to Burt Reynolds continues to grow

Posted at 8:07 PM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 20:07:04-04

HOBE SOUND, Fla. -- A memorial continues to grow outside the home of late Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds.

On Friday, a steady flow of fans dropped off flowers and found ways to honor Reynolds.

Across the area, there are signs of thanks for the local legend. On Indiantown Road in Jupiter, a large banner celebrates Burt Reynolds, and outside the Jupiter Tequesta Church of Christ, there is a message on the church’s sign, “Thank you for being a great neighbor.”

"There couldn't be a nicer more kind, generous person anywhere than Mr. Reynolds was,” said Debra Faaland, a longtime fan.

Faaland stopped by the movie star's mansion and dropped off a bouquet of red flowers for the second time. She was also out there last week after Reynolds died at Jupiter Medical Center on September 6th.

"It gives me some peace in my heart for him for remembrance, it's just such a small thing to do for such a wonderful person,” she said.

The memorial is growing by the day. Fresh flowers, cards, balloons and a letter of thanks all decorate the gate. 

Karl Geissler dropped by to take a picture of the two banners now hanging on the gates, a picture of Reynolds in the iconic "Smokey and the Bandit" and to the left the words, "Thank You for Your Love and Kindness."

"He's like one of the last legends that we had back in the early days and he's a great guy, a great actor and loved his movies,” Geissler said.

"He gave us all a gift and how lucky we are,” Faaland said.