January 7, 2021
Ottis “Ben” Benton Huddleston III, a television director and longtime resident of Knoxville, TN died unexpectedly on January 7, 2021 at the age of 70, in Knoxville. Ben is survived by his wife, Brenda Huddleston (née Cox); daughters Jennifer Mowrer, Becce Apple, and Sara Huddleston; stepson Keith Cox; sons-in-law Matt Mowrer and Mike Apple; cherished grandchildren Lottie Sue Mowrer, Rowdy Mowrer, Harlan Apple, Knox Apple, and Marlowe Apple; brother John Huddleston and sister-in-law Judy Huddleston. He is predeceased by his first wife Connie Huddleston (née Wix); mother Helen “Bunny” Walker (née Hodge); father Ottis Benton Hudddleston, Jr.; stepfather Ray Walker; stepson Brian Cox; nephew John Benton Huddleston. Ben was born in Chattanooga on October 2, 1950. He spent his childhood in the Memphis, Tennessee area and had the great fortune to live down the block for a short time from rising superstar Elvis Presley. Never one to sleep on an opportunity, young Ben would pick grass from Elvis’s backyard and sell it to his many fans waiting outside his gate. He moved to Knoxville while in high school and developed a lifelong love of music. Ben was a naturally gifted musician whose rock band “The Foreplay Band” enjoyed prominent radio airplay across the Southeast in the 70’s. Ben had a long and successful career in broadcasting and was a proud mentor to many in the industry. Some of his career highlights include multiple regional Emmy Award wins and his work on the 1996 Summer Olympic Games hosted in Atlanta. Over the years he directed countless nationwide sporting events, but his favorites were always those for his beloved Tennessee Volunteers. Ben was a Christian who loved the Lord and his family above all else. He and his wife Brenda met in a grief counseling group after both losing their first spouses. A day didn’t go by Ben wasn’t thankful for Brenda and her unwavering love. Ben was a caring father who took great pride in seeing his three daughters grow into the accomplished women they are today. “Grandaddy,” as he was known, was also a joyful and funny grandfather. He often made his five grandchildren break into laughing fits with his flawless Marvin the Martian impression. Outside of his family, Ben enjoyed boating on Norris Lake, was an avid car enthusiast, and a James Bond 007 and Star Trek super fan. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. A virtual memorial service will be held in the coming weeks followed by a private graveside service for family in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of choice.
Ottis “Ben” Benton Huddleston III, a television director and longtime resident of Knoxville, TN died unexpectedly on January 7, 2021 at the age of 70, in Knoxville. Ben is survived by his wife, Brenda Huddleston (née Cox); daughters... View Obituary & Service Information
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