In  Memory  of

Wayne "Bear" Sauls
1948 - 2008








We would like to thank Robbie Huck for forwarding this information to all of us:

Wayne 'Bear' Sauls
Born May 2, 1948 to Sara Lee and Harry E. Sauls at Marietta Hospital, Marietta, GA passed November 26, 2008 from natural causes at the Altus Health and Hospice Care in Dunwoody, GA.
Burial service will be held at graveside in the Mountain View Cemetery on Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA, 3/4 to 1 mile west of the Marietta Square on Saturday, December 6th, 2008.  Family invites everyone to a casual dress ceremony, gathering starts at 1:30pm, service begins at 2:00pm.  There will be an attendant at the brick columns near the cemetery entrance to direct drivers to the site.
Bear is survived by mother, Sara;  wife Jane Sauls, stepchildren, Ricky Tucker, Tina Tucker and grandson, Alex Dale Cash.
Bear will be interred next to his father who was lifelong member of Nelms Masonic Lodge in Smyrna, GA.
family contact: Jeff "Dawg" Burnett, 770. 428 5307
Dawg is staying at Sara's in Marietta to help with the difficult time.
photo of Bear can be downloaded from-

Thank You for helping put Bear's accomplishments on public record and to let folks know how they can pay respects to his passing.  Bear kept a Marietta address throughout his life and has inspired many in the local area and beyond. 
He was comfortable sharing his soul to audiences and also was a private man with his personal life.  He did tell me, a couple summers ago, his desire to let people know the importance of taking care of your health.  In particular, the liver, and that a hepatitus C test is easy and affordable.  Bear had hepatitus C, and like many people who have the blood-born virus, didn't know it until the damage was severe.  I believe he would enjoy being the 'voice' that prevents similar suffering in others.  There is information on Center for Disease Control web site, about who is at risk of contracting the infectious disease.
Bear's bio is below.
warm regards,
a friend, robbie huck
770.429 4892

Wayne "Bear" Sauls
1948 - 2008
Wayne "Bear" Sauls was born in 1948 and by the age of thirteen, the beginning of the sixties, he was performing professionally.  In his career he had the opportunity to share the stage with such greats as the Allman Brothers, Charlie Daniels, Warren Haynes, David Allan Coe, and the Nighthawks, and many more.  Bear was one of those fortunate musicians who lived, played, and survived through the birthing of this new sound in music.  Throughout the years, Bear established a style that has been copied but never duplicated.

Bear's childhood in Marietta, Georgia, was surrounded by music.  His family was full of musicians, so it was natural that he would continue the tradition.  In fact, when Bear was three years old, his mother, a flat-picking bluegrass guitarist, put a guitar in his hands and encouraged him to learn the art.

As lead guitarist for Eric Quincy Tate, Bear rode the wave of some of the greatest years of rock and roll.  He joined the band in 1973 and performed nationally as well as recording on such labels as Atlantic, Cotillion, Capricorn, GRC Records, SLI Records, and Chikin Scratch Records.  In the early eighties he formed the Stone Mountain Band with long time friends Lou Thorpe and Ray Jarrell.  The band played southeastern venues opening for artists such as Bo Diddly, Johnny Winter and Frank Zappa.  Through the remainder of the eighties, he played lead guitar for one of the hottest country bands of the day, David Allan Coe.  Bear traveled internationally with Coe's band until the late eighties when he formed The Bear Facts Band.  For the remainder of his life, Bear continued to play and tour with The Bear Facts Band, becoming a mainstay at Daytona's annual Bike Week.  This past year Bear was awarded the City of Atlanta's "Phoenix Award" for cultural contributions to music.

Bear lived an exceptionally rich life and overcame the odds many times, more than ever expected.  He was, and still is, loved by all who knew him, and even by a few who only knew of him.  Musicians who had the opportunity to share the stage with him will remember his fierce, undiluted stage presence.  He had a way of looking at fellow musicians that would inspire them to explore their instruments in ways that they never imagined.  His performance onstage was like his performance in life: unrehearsed and yet perfect every time.

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