Waddle is survived by his mother; two brothers, Dana Waddle of Neosho, Mo. and Daren Waddle of Lancaster, Penn.; two sons, Justin Waddle of Prattville, Ala. and Brian Waddle of Tallassee, Ala.; and four grandchildren, Christin, Genna, Aaron and Kimber Waddle.
He was preceded in death by his father and his sister, Denise Leer.
Waddle was diagnosed with diabetes at age 17.
A talented bluesman, Waddle expressed his love of music as a child and began imitating Elvis around age 5. A gentle, soft-spoken and spiritual man, he loved art, particularly music and photography. Waddle contributed to the quality of life in Eureka Springs by performing "plantation blues" for locals and visitors all over Eureka, and especially at the Paper Rose Tea Room.
A memorial service was held Oct. 4 at the Neosho United Methodist Church in Neosho, Mo. He was interred beside his sister in Neosho.
Friends, fans and fellow musicians will gather for a memorial benefit and jam, Sunday, Oct. 8 at Jack's Place at 37 Spring St. beginning at 4 p.m. and continuing until closure.