Remembering Earl Hamner-Waltons creator passes at 92
Nelson Co., VA-The story of his life in Nelson County became the story of millions.
At age 92 Earl Hamner passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California yesterday after a long battle with cancer.
Hamner's novel "Spencer's Mountain," was the foundation for the much loved series that became the Waltons.
The theme music brings fans back to a different time.
Earl Hamner-creating arguably one of the best loved family series on American television.
With news of his death-fans are travelling to the Walton's Museum which is right next door to his childhood home here.
Bryan Garra, is a Walton fan and runs a Facebook fan page, "Several of us knew Earl, and it is a tremendous loss. But we are grateful that he was around for as long as he was-because he touched so many lives."
Fans meeting for the first time-but bonded by a reach and love they say Hamner so masterfully created.
"Everything that's good. about life. We live in a very difficult time. Violence and shootings. Earl reminded us of what it meant to be like family," Garra said, as he greeted new fans arriving to the museum.
Denise and Chuck Pounds are here all the way from Midland Texas-and the emotions are running high. Visiting the museum and Hamner's home has been on Denise's bucket list and she heard of his passing on her way up to Virginia.
"And as we were driving up yesterday we found out Mr. Hamner had passed away. And we definitely need to come and take a peek and reminisce. Loved the movie. Loved Mr. Hamner. His voice is iconic."
And in the same way the Walton family gathered around their kitchen table - fans are gathering for the man who made those memories and will continue to do so, say these ardent fans-for generations to come.