In late April, Attaway started a GoFundMe campaign to assist Walls and his family with astronomical medical bills as he awaited the double lung transplant. More than $45,000 was raised.
As well, benefit shows were scheduled for June 7 at The Foundry in Athens and June 23 at The Earl.
Guadalcanal Diary, with roots in Atlanta and Athens, achieved its most visible success in the mid-‘80s with the albums “Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man,” “Jamboree” and “2x4.” The band broke up and reunited a couple of times since 1989, most recently in 2011 to celebrate their 30th anniversary at Athfest in Athens.
Walls, a Marietta native, once worked at Wuxtry Records in Athens. His death prompted a condolence message from his former co-workers, who noted, "His spirit will live on in the music."