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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Please join us for a memorial to Earl on May 22nd at the Soul Bar in Augusta from 7-10pm. Earl was a drummer for many bands in the Atlanta redneck underground scene, and this years' Bubbapalooza festival at the Star Bar will honor his memory. While playing with Slim Chance and the Convicts he was discovered by Cynthia Stillwell who cast him in Mama Flora's Family. Earl acted in over 50 movies, commercials, and videos. A talking encyclopedia of movie and music trivia, Earl loved being an actor as much as he loved being a drummer. Living in Augusta, Columbia, Athens, Atlanta, Memphis, and LA, Earl kept returning to New Orleans even after being displaced by Katrina. While filming Love Story for Bobby Long he met Grayson Capps, played with his band the Stumpknockers, and took a memorable trip to Europe with the band. Becky Hale, his agent kept him busy and he was so excited to be cast in a role, written for him, in Tarantino's Django Unchained. Tragically rectal CA kept him from performing that role and ultimately ended his life. His mother, Marian, is grateful to his friends in New Orleans and Atlanta that held benefit concerts for him, for all the medical care he received in New Orleans and Augusta, and for all the friends that cared for, visited, called, and thought about him during his illness. The blues band, Bradley's Circus, surprised him by flying in from Europe just to say goodbye. A whirling dervish who lived his life with abandon, it is hard to realize he is gone. Earl is survived by his mother, Marian Hardwick, nephew, Tyler Maddox, and numerous cousins. Earl always treated his many friends as family and they will dearly miss him and tales of his adventures.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on May 19, 2013