Mr. Martin Lay Earnest (Earnie), age 63 of Smyrna, Georgia passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017. An informal gathering of family and friends will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, November 18th at the celebration center of Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna. Earnie was born to Milton and Katherine Lay Earnest in Atlanta on September 17, 1954. He attended Therrell High School and graduated from Campbell High School in Smyrna and attended Georgia State University majoring in music. Earnie was a talented, professional musician and worked in the recording industry with many major artists. He married Pam Neibanck who survives him. Also surviving are daughter Emily (Travis) Harple of North Carolina, Mother Kay Earnest of Smyrna, brother Russell (Patrice) of Smyrna, Aunt Lois Castiglioni of Texas, Uncles James W. Lay of Calhoun and Norman Smith of Lawrenceville and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Donations in Earnie’s memory may be made to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, 505 Water Works Road, Palmetto, GA 30268 or a charity of your choice.

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