(May 6, 2008) I regret to announce that Earl ‘Burge’ Searing, Jr passed away on May 5, 2008, after a brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his son Eric (who notified me of his passing), his daughter Erin, and a sister, Carol. Dan
We have our first Searing musician, nominated by his son, Eric Searing. His name is Earl “Burge” Searing Jr. He was trained as a classical pianist, with degrees from Florida State University, Stetson University, and University of Florida. He taught music theory and piano at Jacksonville University (1970-1981). His creative endeavors include Painting, Drawing, and various musical instruments (Piano, Guitar, Clarinet, bagpipes, mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and Celtic harp).
During the mid 1980’s and 90’s Burge manufactured and sold Mountain Dulcimers, Hammered Dulcimers, Celtic Harps, Psaltry (an ancestor of the dulcimer) and other unusual wooden instruments in Stone Mountain, GA.
Through out his life he has painted and drawn. But in 2002 suffered a stroke and lost the use of his right arm. Recently he has begun painting again trying to master water color. If you ask him how he is doing, he will tell you that it will take him a couple hundred paintings to get the hang of it. He has almost always painted landscapes or still life in an impressionist style. His son’s favorite painting by Burge is a Spanish bull fighter done in the traditional bull fighter poster style.
Mr Burge’s other accomplishments include – Scout master, Sailboat builder, Furniture Maker, Model train builder, and Atlanta Bagpipe Band member.