Alfred Benjamin ?Ben? Strand, Jr. passed away on August 18, 2021. Ben was born on February 13, 1940 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Ben moved to Dandridge, Tennessee to his now family home in 1944. He was the son of the late Alfred Benjamin Strand, Sr. and Margaret Boynton Strand. Ben was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Dandridge where he served as a deacon, Sunday-School teacher, trustee, and the head of many committees. Surviving members include his loving wife of 54 years Louisa Woodard Strand; daughter Meg Strand, son Alfred Benjamin (?Trey?) Strand, III, and son Craig Strand (wife Alee) with grandson Aiden and granddaughter Addison Strand; late sister-in-law Suzanne Speer along with Karen Hennigan (husband John, son Gus, and daughter Elsie), Aimee Sanchez (husband Astro, son Xavi), Chris Speer (daughter Haley and son Mark); sister-in-law Mary Short (son Scott); and many other cousins and beloved family members. Ben served in the Air Force National Guard from 1957-1963. He graduated from Carson-Newman in 1962 and from the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration. He graduated from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1967. Ben was in the private practice of law for over 40 years where he practiced with many attorneys, including the late Bill Goddard and the late Joe Felknor. Ben served as the Circuit Court Judge from 1975-76. Ben was the General Sessions, Juvenile, and Probate Judge for Jefferson County from 1998-2014. Based on voting by Tennessee Judges, the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (TCJFCJ) awarded Ben the prestigious honors of the McCain-Abernathy Memorial Award in 2009 and the President?s Award in 2014 for his outstanding service as a juvenile judge. Ben was an adjunct professor at Carson-Newman for several years. Ben was active in the Tennessee Bar Association?s Mock Court competition by assisting teams both at Jefferson County High School and the Mountain Youth Development Center. Ben served as a Jefferson County Commissioner, a Jefferson County School Board Member, and as the Chamber of Commerce Interim President. He was an avid reader and sports fan, especially of University of Tennessee sports. Ben was revered as a mentor to many and was a person who always gave his heart to others. Ben will be dearly missed by family and countless others. Receiving of friends will be Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the First Baptist Church in Dandridge from 3:00p.m. until 6:00p.m. The funeral service will start immediately following the receiving of friends. The graveside service will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Dandridge. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Dandridge or to the Dandridge Memorial Library. The arrangements are by Farrar Funeral Home in Dandridge, Tennessee (865) 397-2911.
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