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Harry Wayne "Bear" Sauls
Birth: May 2, 1948
Cobb County
Georgia, USA
Death: Nov. 26, 2008
DeKalb County
Georgia, USA

Biography, Courtesy of

"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, 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."
Obituary, Courtesy of

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. [snip]

"Bear is survived by mother, Sara; wife [Harley] 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. [snip]"
Family links: 
  Harry E Sauls (1925 - 1997)
  Sara Lee Sauls (1922 - 2010)
Mountain View Park Cemetery
Cobb County
Georgia, USA
Maintained by: Ellen Hamby
Originally Created by: F Chambers
Record added: Apr 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68630241
Harry Wayne Bear Sauls
Added by: Ellen Hamby
Harry Wayne Bear Sauls
Added by: F Chambers
Harry Wayne Bear Sauls
Added by: F Chambers
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Miss you my friend ....thank you Ellen for posting this page ..God Bless you and Bear !!!
- Greg Henderson
 Added: Oct. 17, 2013
Damn, I do miss you, Bear.
- Ellen Hamby
 Added: Jun. 3, 2013
"And the People Would Dance" I miss you, Bear.
- Ellen Hamby
 Added: Jan. 23, 2012
This page is sponsored by: Ellen Hamby

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