TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — After the untimely death of filmmaker Casey Spradling, those who respected his work and saw him as an innovator met Sunday at the Link Center in Tupelo.
The community celebrated his contributions to the state by trying to keep his name alive.
"I'm trying to introduce him to some people who didn't know him, said Oxford filmmaker Melanie Addington. "To help build his endowment to help with future scholarships for filmmakers."
The memorial was complete with knick-knacks from Spradling and other items donated for the event.
Those close to him, like Glenn Payne, worked with Spradling on multiple movie projects.
Payne said he was not surprised of the turnout for the memorial.
"He was an amazing person. He was the hardest worker I ever met in my life," said Payne. "He would do anything you asked. He was incredibly loyal and you can see that in the amount of people that have came out here to support him."
While Casey was known for his love of film-making, one thing that went unnoticed was his love for photography.
"He had thousands of photographs," Payne added. "We were able to put up this exhibit for him, which has been awesome because people have been able to see his work as an artist, a solo artist."
The photos were a hot commodity at the event, but it was still a reminder of a life that was cut short to soon.
Spradling died late July of this year while working on a film.
Close friends say his death still hurts, but they know he passed away doing something he loved.
"We all want to do the things in life that brings us the most joy, and he was brave enough to do that," said Payne. "He was living his dream—the thing that he wanted to do most."