The expressions of sympathy and remembrance have been growing by the day.
Bouquets of flowers. Balloons. Heartfelt letters and notes.
Fans of the late Burt Reynolds, who died on Sept. 6, have been honoring their favorite hometown star by leaving mementos pinned to the gates of Valhalla, his Hobe Sound mansion on U.S. 1 just north of Jupiter.
On Thursday morning, two giant banners covered the gates — one a picture of him in his iconic role of “Smokey and The Bandit” and the other reading “Thank You for your love and kindness” with Reynolds’ signature in large script underneath.
They appear to be a response from Reynolds’ family and friends to the people who have been creating a makeshift shrine at the entrance to his home.
There are balloons emblazoned with Reynolds’ beloved Florida State University Seminoles emblem, flags, cards, a small angel statue and one typewritten letter encased in plastic and written to Reynolds from a longtime fan.
Thank you Burt, for capturing my heart as Bandit, making us laugh with Dom, letting us see your depth in Sharky’s Machine and showing us all that a married couple can be wholesome and sexy in Evening Shade. Your books and one-man show gave us a glimpse into your personal life where your warm, charming and genuine character shined bright. The night I met you and saw you speak is one of the highlights of my life. You were the embodiment of a true star and the world is a little dimmer now that you are gone.
I hope you Rest in peace and enjoy being reunited with Jerry, Dom, Johnny, Dinah and your other friends who went before you.
Love, Diane Mentzer, Germantown, Md.